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Address: Sultan Park, Male
Phone Number: (960) 332 2254
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While we were at Maldives for many days.We made a point to take a speed boat drive to Male to visit this museum which has 3 storied and shows old history of Male with lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While we were at Maldives for many days.We made a point to take a speed boat drive to Male to visit this museum which has 3 storied and shows old history of Male with lots of stone objects and royal antiquities from budhist periods.There is handwritten Quran engraved on the walls.

Thank anishavlani
Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Short review: if you love history and culture, find something of value in even the smallest/dullest of museums, and have a day to spend in Male, come here for an hour or so. If you would describe yourself as "not a museum person" and/or have a very short time in Male, don't bother. Long review: my guidebook described the building... More 

Thank occhiolist
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had always dreamt of exploring Museums and understanding the secrets behind those tales. It gave me such a pleasure to visit this place. Highly recommended.

Thank Abdul Latheef H
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Housed in an impressive building donated to The Maldives by China this establishment suffers from a lack of exhibits. We were easily able to view most of the exhibits in less than an hour. Many of these were unique and related to the history of the area. The Police Museum that was also housed inside the building was staffed by... More 

Thank GeniAus
Paranaque, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We tried to visit the National Museum after passing the Sultan Park, unfortunately the building was closed for a local event. From the outside, it appears the premises and the gate need some re-painting, cleaning and maintenance.

Thank ECLadines
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

This place does not have much to see even though they charge 100 ruffea. They is the only place you can see in Male other than the old mosque.not very impressive.they only opens at 10

1 Thank Gimhani B
Prague, Czech Republic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The National Museum in Male presents an exhibition dedicated to the history as well as present times of Maldives mainly through pictures of important historical milestones including description in English. In the first floor you will find some historical artifacts and items related to local folklore and former rulers. The size of the exhibition corresponds to the size of the... More 

1 Thank GuideSabina
Shoreline, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

the collection is a diverse collection of artifacts, coins, royal antiques, costumes, armor, stamps (very interesting), and some more modern items. The rare long-beaked whale skeleton is definitely worth looking at. A surprise was the Police Museum within this Museum. Never seen one of those before. Unfortunately the Buddhist statues were destroyed during an attack in February 2012 when almost... More 

2 Thank MarionW1525
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

It's the only museum in the country, so it does have a handful of interesting displays including a skeleton of the rare long-beaked whale...it only takes about 30 minutes to see everything...the 100 MVR charged for foreigners is way too much though

Thank thelonious22
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Due to an attack on the idols held at the Mosque, the collection of artifacts is rather limited and have a narrow selection on the pre-islamic era of the Maldives. However, the Museum has a lot of interesting cultural items along with a random assortment of technology that was first brought to the Maldives. The whale skeleton is one of... More 

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