maldives national museum

National Museum of the Maldives

The surviving building of the demolished Sultan's Palace within the Sultan Park is today the National Museum, it is an Edwardian colonial-style building of three storeys.

The museum was opened on 19th November 1952,the interiors of the museum were retained from the days of the Sultanate and is an added attraction, it displays a large and humongous collection showing a glorious bygone era. Intriguing remains gathered from the temples scattered throughout the atolls including stone objects from the pre-Islamic period.

National Museum of the MaldivesIt displays Royal antiquities like the ceremonial robes, headgear, umbrellas, thrones, lanquins, royal sunshades, costumes ,shoes, coins, ornaments, arms and armour used by Sultans. A fascinating collection of coral stone sculptures, lacquered wooden containers, miniature hand-written Quran, hookahs, traditional log drums from the palace used in the popular music of Bodu Beru. The rifle used by Mohamed Thakurufaanu in his fight against the Portuguese in the 16th century is on display too.

For those history lovers the most fascinating pieces are two five faced statues with long feline teeth, outstretched tongues and extended ear lobes discovered recently in Male'. Two of the most significant items on display are the coral stone head of Lord Buddha - an 11th century piece from Alifu Thoddoo , and a 13th century engraved wooden panel from Hukuru Miskiiy.

A tour of the Sultanate period is what the National Museum has to offer.

National Museum is open from  9 AM to 3 PM every day except Fridays and public holidays.

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