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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  • 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 photograph...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit to the National Museum very much, made the more enjoyable by a knowledgable police officer who gave us a lot of insight into the history of Male and the police force.  more »
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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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