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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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  • They don't take cash here and their payment portal did not work for us (tried for two days) would have been nice to see the museum but they need a better payment system. 
    They don't take cash here and their payment portal did not work for us (tried for two days) would have been nice to see the museum but they need a better payment system.  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • The Heritage building is an epitome of knowledge. Sheltering a gamut of artefacts which long from the ancient Islamic period of the Maldives, this museum introduces you with almost all the events of archipelago's history. If you are someone who has a knack for crafts and history, then this is your go-to place.
  • If you're spending some time in Male it's a good idea to visit. It has a lot of artifacts from history. Make sure you have your own Internet because they will ask you to book your ticket and make the payment online. You can't buy the ticket at the museum.

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