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National Museum, Male
(3.3/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
See the skeleton of a rare Longman's beaked whale at National Museum, established to preserve the history of the Maldives. The 6 m (20 ft) whale skeleton headlines a collection of natural science and historical exhibits, which offer a broad insight into Maldivian culture. You can appreciate a range of Islamic artifacts, as well as early technology and utensils used by in the Maldives centuries ago. Tragically, many of the museum's pre-Islamic exhibits were destroyed in a 2012 attack, including an 11th-century bust of Buddha carved from coral. Put National Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Male trip generator.
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  • This musuem, whose construction was funded by China, depicts the history, culture and marine flora/fauna of the Maldives. Thanks to the air-conditioning, it is a nice place to spend on a hot afternoon...  more »
  • Not much information provided woth regards to ancient times, Buddhist Kingdom of Maldives which is the foundational importance to the history this country. Also limited information on history of the H...  more »
  • I learned a great deal about the history of the archipelago on my afternoon's visit to the National Museum. My guide was a distinguished older Maldivian lady who was caring and interesting, displaying...  more »
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  • Intresting Place that every one should visit.
  • Best place to see the historical
  • Maldives Heritage in one place! Nice collection of historical relics! Tourist attraction point
  • Good tourist location. Good place to explore the maldivan culture.
  • My children are going there. I will tell you when they get back. Looks FAB.