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“Not that much to see” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum

National Museum
Sultan Park, Male
(960) 332 2254
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Ranked #4 of 8 attractions in Male
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Sun-Thu 08:00 - 18:00
Melbourne, Australia
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“Not that much to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were a little disappointed with the museum. It has an entrance fee of MRF50 (US$3.30), locals pay only MRF20 for adults and MRF10 (US$0.70) to use a camera without flash.

The building is quite spacious inside with a relatively small number of articles on display compared to the available space. Most of what we saw had been sourced from the Maldives, or was historically based.
There are further items on display on the 2nd floor, accessible by stairs or elevator.

If there had been other more interesting sites to visit we would not have bothered going to see the museum.

Visited March 2013
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“Bland at first but an experience as you go along”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The national museum is a good place to visit after passing through Sultan Park and the Islamic Center. It will look bland at first and I wont blame you as the artifacts are few and unevenly spaced out making you jump through history as if in a continuous time warp.

The fee is 50MVR and an additional 10 MVR for photography w/out flash.

But if you do go there and want the experience that is true Maldivian style, you will have to experience its hidden life blood. Please ask for the guide named Myeha Adam Zahir!! She is a real star. Her frank facts and witty humour will make time fly real fast and you will go back with nothing lesser than an experience if not your money's worth. She has the passion and ability to take the museum to the next level.

But I must mention that its real sad that the Museum relics are not given due protection and assistance considering that some Buddhist statues were desecrated some days ago on the grounds of being unislamic.... to me thats just sick... History and cultural heritage is worth more than what a few ignorant people think!!!

But in all, its worth a visit especially if you want a good glimpse into its last Monarchy

Visited February 2013
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“Much more to see under the sea...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Really not too much to see and filled with items donated from other countries... The real delusion was not the size, but the lack of Maldivan items or historical evidences.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“very large museum for a small country”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

pretty large museum with little attraction
but it was averagely okay for a such a small island less than 1 million people
please note that entrace ticket is lke two or three tmes more than local tourist
overall it was a better place

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Large museum with a little to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The museum has an imposing presence. Basically, it is two large rooms of objects. They are nicely arranged. All in all, not much to see.

Visited December 2012
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