The National Museum in Sultan Park, Maldives is definitely a must-see for tourists who want a glimpse of the country’s beautiful past. It houses important historical artifacts that will give you a good look at the distant past of Maldives from the pre-Islamic times, all throughout the rule of Islamic monarchs, and down towards the modern-day.
Location and How to Get There
The National Museum is situated in Sultan Park, Male, a small garden that has been part of the Maldivian Royal Palace compound since the 17th century.
Since the museum (and the park!) is in the center of Maldivian tourism, getting there should never be a problem. The Sultan Park sits opposite the world famous Islamic Centre, which is so huge it hosted many important international events already. The park is located along Medhuziyaaraiy Magu street. You can take a taxi to get there.
What to See There
The National Museum in Sultan Park keeps a memorabilia that will best describe Maldives’ past. There are numerous artifacts on display, which range from ancient times’ stone objects to even pricey and pricelss possessions of the members of royalty.
The National Museum in Sultan Park was put together during the time of Prime Minister Mohamed Amin Didi in 1952. The intention was to preserve the national history and call upon patriotism among the locals.
The three-story structure that was used to house the artifacts is actually an old palace building that was converted to feature the cultural heritage of the country.
Visiting the National Museum in Sultan Park is free of charge. However, you have to abide by the rules and regulations in effect so as not to make any scene in the site. The only thing you have to spend for is your transportation. You might want to hire a taxi or allow your travel agent take care of everything for you by booking for a tour.
The National Museum in Sultan Park is open from 8am to 6pm everyday except for Fridays when it only opens from 4pm to 6pm. During public holidays, the museum is closed.
Also, you must take note that visitors are only allowed to roam around the museum area for the duration of 30 to 60 minutes. After that, you can just sit around the park and enjoy the scenic ambiance.