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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.

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