The National Museum, Male’The National Museum, Male’

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A remarkable Museum that inspires people to learn more about the heritage of the MALDIVIANS before and after they converted to Islam. A crucial stop on any tour of the capital city of Maldives, Male.

My experience, Explo description: 

The National Museum complex consists of two large buildings separated by Sultan's Park in the old palace grounds across Medhu Ziyaarai Magu (street) inland from the gold-domed Islamic Centre (Grand Friday Mosque) will give exhibits the opportunity "to examine and reinterpret the culture and whole way of life the Maldivians, before and after converting to Islam".

The Maldives National Museum, built and financed by the Chinese government and presented to Maldives on 10 July 2010, was officially opened by President of Maldives, on Independence Day 26 July. It exhibits mainly pieces from the old museum at the nearby Sultan’s Palace, while the other new building across the park features an exhibition of 120 faiykolhu or Maldivian legal deeds and other official documents dating from the 1600s to the 1930s.

“It’s a great museum complex that includes Male’s best garden park with a lot of space for people to express themselves in various ways, and where people can take refuge from this hectic life in Male’. A place where they can relax, experience a bit of entertainment, and improve their historical and cultural knowledge.”

The amazing collection inside the great museum displays ranges from thrones and palanquins used by former sultans to the first printing press used in the country, the rifle used by Mohamed Thakurufaanu in his fight against the Portuguese in the 16th century, ceremonial robes, headgear and umbrellas used by Sultans to statues and other figures dating from 11th century, excavated from former temples. A variety of artefacts from times past would give an idea of the unique and rich culture and history of this island nation. A visit to the museum gives an instant insight to the wealth of history most visitors never suspect existed. No longer will you think of the Maldives solely in terms of a tourist destination.

The old National Museum is housed in the only remaining building of the former Sultan’s Palace, which is now the Sultan’s Park. It is an Edwardian colonial-style building of three storey, fairly low key from the outside compared to the amazing collection inside.

The first Maldivian museum was established in the early 1950s.

My personal recommendations: 

For a group of six and more, an English speaking licensed tour guide will be provided by us.

How getting there: 

The New National Museum, facing Chandanee Magu (street), near the Lily Magu (street) corner Opposite “Ameeniyya School”, Male‘, MALDIVES.

A tip to eat: 

In the city centre many restaurants!

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

From 9am - 5pm, Sunday-Thursday (closed Friday and Saturday)

Visit duration: 

30 to 60 minutes

Entry fees: 

Admission tickets available at Museum entrance 9am - 4pm
Tourists - Rf50=US$ 3.90 (approx) for adults & Rf15=US$ 1.17(approx) for children


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