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Maldives National Museum OverviewThe National Museum of Maldives is located at Sultan Park in Male, which was the former palace of the Sultan of Maldives. It houses several well-kept artefacts of Maldivian culture, including coins, royal antiques, furniture, items of clothing, coins, embellishments and armaments. A visit to this museum is a must for the lovers of history and culture while touring Male.
Opening Closing Time Sunday to Thursday : 9 am to 5 pm (Closed on Friday and Saturday)
Entrance Fee Adults: MVR 50; Children: MVR 15 more...
How To Reach Maldives
By AirMale International Airport (MLE) is the main airport, which connects Maldives to all major countries in South-East Asia including India, China and Sri Lanka. There are also direct flights from Dubai, and chartered flights coming in from Europe, China and Singapore. As compared to other countries, Maldives has a relatively lenient visa policy, as it offers a free 30-day visa on arrival to everyone, which can be extended to a period of 90 days on providing valid proof of sufficient funds and a travel document. Importing alcohol, pork or pornography (very broadly defined) into the Maldives is forbidden and all luggage is X-rayed on arrival. On the way out, note that exporting sand, seashells or coral is also forbidden. more...
History of Maldives
Maldives’ history is a little hazy as the peaceful, isolated nation is enshrouded in mystery. Well known from around 2000 BC, Maldives was an important trading junction for Romans, Indus Valley traders, Egyptians and many other civilization. Since it was prime marine route, Arab traders stopped at Maldives on their way to the Far East. In 1153, a North African Arab converted the Maldivians to Islam. In the 17th century, the Maldives accepted the protection of the Dutch. However, it came under British protection in 1887 and was a dependent of the then-colony Ceylon until 1948. Maldives signed an independent agreement with Britain in 1965. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the then president took everyone by surprise by following through with his reform package and ratifying a new constitution in August 2008, organizing Maldives’ first freely contested elections that year.
Apart from the political history that made Maldives what it is today, the Tsunami on the morning of 26 December, 2004 had a devastating effect in the lives of the people.
Weather in Maldives
December to April: The weather in Maldives between December to April is much dry and is the peak tourist season. Tourists flock from around the world during this time.
May to August: The weather in Maldives during May to August is mostly defined by the monsoons. Very few tourists come during this period and hence it is considered an off-season. One can strike great deals as some resorts offer huge discounts during this time.
Weekend getaways from Maldives
Male: You can visit the forts, palaces and structural marvels in Male. Also visit the Male National Museum to see some of the diverse range of historical artifacts and royal antiquities that ranges from the pre-Islamic era to the rule of Islamic monarchs. Esejihi Gallery is one of Males oldest buildings and has a wide variety of rare collections to preserve and promote traditional and modern-day Maldivian arts and crafts.
Maafannu, Henveiru, Galolhu and Macchangolhi are four main islands that are considered as a perfect weekend getaways from Maldives.