Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Maldives National Museum Tour

Duration: Half Day

Maldives National Museum Tour

The Maldives is renowned for its paradise beaches and crystal clear waters but there is much more to this beautiful archipelago than meets the eye. This fascinating tour of the Maldives National Museum will open your eyes to the rich cultural heritage and history of this unified island nation, which is depicted through ancient relics belonging both to Sultans and ordinary Maldivian people.

Located in the Sultan Park area of the capital city of Malé, the Maldives National Museum is housed in the surviving part of the former Sultan's Palace which dates back to the 17th century. Opened to the public in 1952, this Edwardian colonial-style building was converted into a museum to preserve the history of the Maldives and to invoke the patriotic feelings of its people.

Visitors can see a valuable and extensive collection of artifacts from a glorious bygone era, which is displayed over three-storeys and is still growing today. Plans are reputedly being made to add an extension to the museum to create more space. Amongst the relics you will see stone objects from the pre-Islamic period as well as royal antiquities such as ornaments and costumes worn by various kings and queens over the centuries. Thrones, ceremonial robes, furniture and personal belongings are just some of the items displayed.

Highlights of the collection include a 11th century coral stone head of Lord Buddha from Alifu Thoddoo, a 13th century engraved wooden plank from Hukuru Miskiiy, the rifle used by Mohamed Thakurufaanu in his fight against the Portuguese in the 16th century and the handwritten Qur’an engraved on the walls of the building, which has stood the test of time.

In addition, you will also be able to see the first printing press used in the country, as well as paper and cloth manuscripts, weapons and armour, photographs of important people, musical instruments, textiles and other fascinating items that will give you an insight into the Maldivian way of life many years ago.

Ideal for those who want more from a holiday in the Maldives than just lazing on beaches, a visit to the Maldives National Museum will make you see the country from a completely different perspective.

Maldives Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £1459 per person
smartline eriyadu + hilton abu dhabi

Smartline Eriyadu + Hilton Abu Dhabi

Smartline Eriyadu is located in the far North Western edge of North Male Atoll, the island is the perfect tropical...

From £1519 per person
paradise island + club dolphin

Paradise Island + Club Dolphin

Located on Lankanfinolhu Island in the North Male Atoll, Paradise Island is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives....

From £1529 per person
paradise island + Carlton Palace Hotel

Paradise Island + Carlton Palace Hotel

Located on Lankanfinolhu Island in the North Male Atoll, Paradise Island is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives....

From £1539 per person
sun island + tangerine beach

Sun Island + Tangerine Beach

Located on Nalaguraidhoo Island in the South Ari Atoll, Sun Island features beautiful beaches, spectacular tropical...

From £1549 per person
paradise island + holiday inn al barsha

Paradise Island + Holiday Inn Al Barsha

Holiday Inn Dubai- Al Barsha is situated on Sheikh Zayed Road next to the Mall of Emirates and only a short distance to...

From £1549 per person
sun island + crowne plaza deira

Sun Island + Crowne Plaza Deira

Located on Nalaguraidhoo Island in the South Ari Atoll, Sun Island features beautiful beaches, spectacular tropical...

Talk to a specialist

shyama

Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 21:00 GMT

Related articles for Maldives

Maldives News

Browse all Maldives News

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa Launches Promotion Ahead of World’s Most Luxurious Surfing Event

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa will host “the world’s most luxurious surfing event” this summer. The Surfing Champions Trophy will take place in August at the upscale resort, and guests can take advantage of the Surf, Spa and Save promotion. The offer includes a 60-minute massage at the spa, a trip day passes on the Four Seasons Explorer to view the surfing contest and cocktails with the surfing contestants.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi opens in Maldives with Spa and Underwater Museum

The Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi has officially opened to guests. The luxury all-villa resort has launched in the Shaviyani Atoll in the North Maldives. The hotel's 112 villas all come with their own private pools, and the island retreat boasts the Willow Stream Spa which spans 2,000 square metres and is themed on the natural elements of earth, air, fire, water and wood.

St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in Maldives to host World Spa Awards Gala Ceremony in October

The World Spa Awards has announced that its 2018 Gala Ceremony will take place at the St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in the Maldives this October. The event will celebrate the best of the spa and wellness tourism industry around the world, and will be attended by hundreds of hospitality leaders. The luxury resort boasts its very own unique lobster-shaped Idrium spa.