For those wishing to gain an insight into the history and culture of a country as well as understand the manner in which it evolved over the years, the National Museum of such a nation is well worth a visit. Such Museums pride themselves on their ability to provide a glimpse into the essence of that country and is often a useful and interesting place to visit. This is especially true for tourists residing in a Maldives holiday resort for such a visit to Male, the capital of the country, will provide a wonderful indication of all that the Maldivians are proud of.
While many tourists choose to reside in and spend all their time at resorts such as the Kuramathi Island Resort Maldives, others enjoy exploring quintessential Maldives which offers a wholly different experience to that gained in a resort. Such an experience can be gained by making an excursion to Male, where the National Museum of Maldives can be found in Sultan Park. Established in 1952, this Museum houses a collection of artefacts ranging from pre-Islamic times to the present and was opened by Mohamed Amin Didi with the intention of instilling patriotism within the citizens. While some of the highlights of the Museum include a coral stone head of Lord Buddha, an engraved plank composed of wood from Hukuru Miskiiy, the Feyli Kolhu worn by a Sultan in the 16th century; these can be seen amongst ceremonial dresses and other royal clothing as well as furniture, thrones and arms. While the Museum housed a number of artefacts from the Pre-Islamic Age, namely, artefacts that were made from when the Maldivians followed Buddhism, such artefacts have been destroyed in 2012 during an attack.
Those who wish to visit this Museum should note that it is closed on Fridays and Saturdays but are open from 9am-5pm from Sunday to Thursday.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.