National Museum, Male

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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. Arrange your visit to National Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Male using our Male trip itinerary tool .
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  • I love history. They show many historic objects here, many of which are unique. But there was no depiction or timeline of the history of the Maldives, which would have been worthwhile. It is expensive...  more »
  • As we arrived in Male on a special speedboat to open the city, Hassan, a guide using the Chinese-English mixed language, asked if he would like to enter the museum. Here to learn about the island's historical and cultural traditions, after all, many people to madet, almost to stay on the island, that is tantamount to not visiting the country at all. That's why we have to come to Male to feel it, especially in a history museum like this. However, the whole pavilion is smaller than imagined, the area is not large, the layout of the exhibits are relatively simple, about an hour can be browsed. There are also shops selling souvenirs, but the price is more expensive than outside. If you are an island beach control, then consider giving up visiting here.
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  • I didn’t went inside after all. while I was there, I thought it’s free, because I have read previous reviews says it’s free. But the reception told me the entrance is 100 MVR , or 30 dollars for 2 person. Therefore I decide not to go inside. Honestly, the national museum and the park next to this museum, they are charging too much.... seriously. That park is like a community park yet they are charging 75 MVR. Crazy !!! Should have been free of charge so let the world knows better of this local cultures...
  • Interesting museum set on two floors, with enhanced security; displays artifacts from different eras, a police and a coin museum; you can also buy small souvenirs; ticket required;
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