National Museum, Male

3.1
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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  • Enjoyed getting a historical perspective of the Maldives. They take cash only, and take US dollars in lieu of MVR. Though a bit dark inside, there are many historical treasures including the flag...  more »
  • It was lovely place to see but was a bit expensive and they only accept cash. I felt I was being followed and watched the whole time by staff. They don't exactly let you freely explore the museum.  more »
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  • Nice showcase of Maldives history. Police museum is just great. Complete history of Maldives Police department shown on video screens. Museum fees is $6 per person and $1 for one device for photography. Good place to visit with kids. Got lots of information about Maldives after visiting National museum.
  • Very nice...a must visit @!
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