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National Museum

Sultan Park, Male
(960) 332 2254
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Ranked #11 of 20 attractions in Male
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Description: Sun-Thu 08:00 - 18:00
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35 reviews 35 reviews
32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The museum is worth a visit, depending on how much time you have on Mali Island - no doubt 'in transit' to some other MUCH more idilic Island in the archaepeiligo. After all there is little else to do on this heavily overcrowded island as a tourist. We were slightly pushed for time and spent one & a half hours... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Not fanciful or anything interesting just a short insight on their culture and history, very little historical artifices could have been better if there is more

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Rodgau, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

It's interesting but in 45 minutes you have seen everything.. There are very intersting old Qurans from different centuries.

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Singapore, Singapore
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Interesting short visit to have an insight into the Maldivian history. Would be nice if they can display more pre-historical artifacts.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

A small, poky museum in Male city, with some average artefacts. The major draw is that it makes a good air-conditioned stop in the city! The artefacts itself seem to be a collection of bric-a-brac, old coins and pictures. This place could really be spruced up with better lighting. Entire museum can be seen in under 15 minutes.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Visited the Museum when i visited Male city for the first time and it was interesting cause i found the place on my own. Simple and quite big building , with many interesting things to see . when i went in i felt like all the items were from SL :) I was advised not to take pictures and an... More

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I planned to spend about 2 hours there, but then it took me only 45 mins. The museum is really small, but maybe it matches with our small (and pretty) Maldives! It 's ok to spend a little of your time there if you don't have any clue about Maldives history yet, and in that case you may need to... More

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Parakai, null, New Zealand
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Sadly this was a let down. There were some interesting items there but for such a big building there is little to see - lots of different Qurans, sultans' clothing and belongings, some police memorabilia, a bit of coral, some other sea stuff but not a lot else. These islands have been inhabited long enough for me to think they... More

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Port Dickson
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The building is donated by the Chinese Government. The exterior of the museum is impressive and very spacious inside. Since my friend and I were the only visitors there at that time, we were watched like a hawk. But the ladies on duty were nice and took the trouble to explain some of the exhibits to us. I was intrigued... More

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Victoria, Canada
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28 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Unfortunately all pre- Islamic history and artifacts have been removed or destroyed by extremists, leaving a sparse number of artifacts for visitors to view. However, there is air conditioning and the museum is a nice break from the dazzling light and heat of the congested city. The building is impressive having recently been built and funded by the People's Republic... More

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