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National Museum

Sultan Park, Male
(960) 332 2254
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Ranked #5 of 8 Attractions in Male
Type: Museums
Description: Sun-Thu 08:00 - 18:00
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Ajijic, Mexico
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

While the National Museum of the Maldives is located in a magnificent building, the contents were somewhat disappointing. The exhibits were rather lost in the cavernous rooms and there did not seem to be any continuity to the exhibits. The display of the postage stamps, most of which were were modern and shown without captions of the dates of issue... More

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Cairo Governorate, Egypt
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

the country is not a historical country, there is nothing to see in the museum just some plates and clothes of the sultan who lived in 18 century... do anything else

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
51 attraction reviews
330 helpful votes 330 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Two floors and almost nothing to see. Stamps in one small room, corals and clams in the other small room, few old coins, few korans, few old vases, few miniature wooden ship-models, three wooden battle-sticks, some material from the sultan period, one small whale skull, one small whale skeleton.

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304 reviews 304 reviews
236 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This National museum is one of the few tourist attraction destinations in Maldives. It might worth a visit ,to kill some of your time whilst visiting Male'. The museum is located in the Sultan Park, which was a part of the Sultan's palace. Basically its a conversion of the old palace building and now its funded by China . This... More

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Lampang, Thailand
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The museum has a few artifacts from around the Maldives but they provide almost no background information on the significance of anything in the museum. There is no explanation about the history of the Maldivian people or their country. This museum could have been done much better and it's quite disappointing that this is all the government can come up... More

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Rodgau, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

There are a lot of old tranditional things. You are able to watch everything on 2 floors very relaxed. You will need maybe 1 hours for the visit. You can find information about the opening time in the internet. Friday is closed.. you should think about.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

First of, the price discrimination. Locals are charged something from 5-10 MVR while foreigners are charged a whopping 50 MVR. To be honest the best thing about the museum is the air conditioning. Their exhibits are rather lackluster with nothing unique, showcasing old technology and equipment used in the Maldives or any other country from decades ago. There is a... More

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Alice Springs, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

An interesting place which is cheap to enter - approx $2 US each. At first I thought small, but when you take your time, you realize how difficult times must have been and also how important little things were which we take for granted. The Olympians old musical equipment is housed here and to see their Aria guitar, Tama drums,... More

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Toulouse, France
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
57 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The National Museum is small but interesting. It offers unique insight into the history of Male and the Maldives.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The trip to mali including the national museum was not worth the bother. Given time and history it may be worthwhile !

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