National Museum

Price Range

96.44 - 482.20




The National Museum of Maldives was built to inculcate patriotic feelings in the citizens of Maldives. The collection of artifacts in the old building traces this archipelago's offbeat historical events, and its massive assemblage of royal antiquities dates back to the Buddhist and Islamic era. It is a heaven for history and craft lovers.

You will see arms, armor, anthropological objects, cloth manuscript, paper manuscript, costumes, and ornaments of the ancient kings and queens. The country's treasured heritage reflects in the range of artifacts.

The National Museum, an embodiment of knowledge, lies in Sultan Park. Sultan Park was once the part of the Sultan's Palace. This heritage building speaks volumes about the tremendous Maldivian history. Your trip to the Maldives will not complete without a visit to the National Museum.


Prime Minister Mohamed Amin Didi inaugurated the country’s first national museum on the Maldives' National Day on November 11, 1952. Initially, the Maldivian Centre for Linguistic and Historical Research administered it.

In April 2010, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture assumed charge of the museum and Maldives College of Higher Education at the behest of president Mohamed Nasheed.

In 2012, riots broke out to protest against the then president Nasheed. Unruly mob tarnished museum building and 30 Buddhist Coral Stone Carvings from the Maldivian Pre-Islamic period. Thus, the National Museum suffered damage to its most precious pieces in history. Even after facing vandalism at the hands of religious extremists, the museum stands to preserve history's precious gems.


The grand museum comprises the old building and the new building. The three-storied old building is in the Maldives' royal palace compound in Sultan Park, Male. Royal Palace compound dates back to the 17th century. It stands to be the only remnant structure of the magnificent palace after the palace caught fire in 1968. The interiors belong to the Sultanate days and carry handwritten Quran carved on the walls of the museum.

The Chinese government financed, designed, and built the new building. Chinese government dedicated this new building to the Maldives on July 10, 2010. It became operational on July 26, 2010, to coincide with Maldives' Independence Day.


An authentic collection of relics of royal sunshades, furniture, thrones, coins, ornaments, armor, costumes, and footwear glorifies the bygone Pre-Islamic era. Textile items such as turbans, ceremonial dresses, belts, and fancy slippers for special occasions, creatively embroidered mats, and other similar things are artifacts that the museum showcases. The galleries on the National Museum's ground floor highlights the medieval and ancient periods of the Maldives. Weaponry, household wares, religious paraphernalia, and engraved Arabic and Thanna wood pieces reminded the Maldives' conversion into Islam in 1153.

The upper part showcases the lacquer workboxes and several pieces of the country's oldest technology, such as gramophone, a large computer, and a telephone to represent the modern era. An underwater cabinet meeting took place in 2009 under President Nasheed. Some quirky relics include the minutes of this underwater meeting and a vast marine collection.  The six-kilometer-long skeleton of Longman's Beaked Whale is the highlight of this extensive marine collection. This whale is still alive in the ocean.

How to Reach National Museum

Board bus number 403 or 101 from Medhuziyaarai Magu and get off at Sultan Park bus station. The museum is next to Sultan Park. Other than Public transport you can reserve a taxi and reach the museum.

Opening Hours

10 am to 4 pm (Closed on Friday)

Entry Fee

Adult: MVR 100(482.20 INR)
Child: MVR 20(96.44 INR)

Address: Sultan Park, Male



  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm
  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 04:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.


How to Reach

  • Bus : Board bus number 403 or 101 from Medhuziyaarai Magu and get off at Sultan Park bus station. The museum is next to Sultan Park.
  • Taxi : Other than Public transport you can reserve a taxi and reach the museum.


Ticket Pricing

  • Adults : MVR 100(482.20 INR)
  • Children : MVR 20(96.44 INR)


National Museum, Chaandhanee Magu, Malé, Maldives

Rating & Reviews

Based on 281 reviews
Very Good
Ayman Tamboli
Ayman Tamboli
07/24/2020 14:47
This is the most ancient museum in male city.. located in the middle of male city.. very easy to reach.. one must see this museum..
ritesh agrawal
ritesh agrawal
03/06/2020 23:28
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.
manoj kuikel
manoj kuikel
03/03/2020 02:31
You can easily know about this little Island Nation if you visit there.. Its highly recommended
• Forest Elf•
• Forest Elf•
06/13/2020 15:32
Omg I really recommend this Fascinating place
ras farook
ras farook
12/27/2019 16:01
Nothing much, the explanation difficult to read: not enough lighting.... I think anyone can finish looking around in 1/2 hour ( usually I spend 1/2-1 day for musuem @ other place )

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