National Museum, Male

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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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  • National museum is close to the royal palace. Downstairs is the galleries devoted to the ancient and medieval periods and upstairs is a display representing modern period of Maldives. Items display...  more »
  • It's actually not a musium, but exposition of some, not that interesting subjects from late Maldivian rullers. There are also some post stamps and banknotes. Frankly a lost time, even though Male...  more »
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  • Museum is right in the middle of capital city. Place has some of the artifacts from a couple of centuries back, but most of the items are of pretty recent times, and are just ok to see Some of the fish skeletons are really interesting. Police museum is good.
  • You can easily know about this little Island Nation if you visit there.. Its highly recommended

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