The National Museum


Medu Ziyaarat Magu
Male 20-04
Tel: 00960-322254


Open: Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Closed: Friday, Saturday and public holidays

The museum gives an introduction about the different periods of Maldivian history and the artefacts used, their essential details and their origins. The National Museum of Maldives, though small, contains pieces related to antiquity. It contains evidence from pre-Islamic days, to the rule of Islamic monarchs, ranging from small fragments of worshipped idols to robes worn by sultans and sultanas, from stone carvings to palace furniture used by the latter day rulers. The artefacts provide the visitor with knowledge important in understanding the activities, objects and people of the past.


Pre Islamic Section
Pre Islamic Artefacts

  1. Small Stupa

  2. Tower Stupa

  3. Votive Stupa

  4. Disc-shaped Limestone

  5. Limestone Block

  6. Fragmentary Limestone Block

  7. Limestone Disc

  8. Limestone Slab

  9. Pieces of the Stone Slab containing the Buddha Footprint

  10. Rectangular Limestone Block

  11. Fragment of a Limestone

  12. Corner Fragment of a Limestone Slab

  13. Dome Shaped Stupa

  14. Corner Stone

  15. Octagonal Columns of Limestone

  16. Lion Figure

  17. Buddha Head

  18. Coral Stone Casket with Carved Design

  19. Coral Stone Stelae with Carved Faces

  20. Five Faced Coral Stelae

  21. Round Votive Container

Post-Islamic Section
Post-Islamic Artefacts

  1. Wooden Plaques from Hukuru Miskiiy

  2. Royal chair

  3. Carved table and chair

  4. Dholhidhaankolhu (Palanquin)

  5. Bed

  6. Special Chairs and Table

  7. Stone Bed

  8. Bed and Umbrella

  9. Sandals and Footstool

Textiles & Jewellery

  1. Headscarf

  2. Embroidered coats

  3. Robe

  4. Silk Shirt

  5. Jacket

  6. Trousers

  7. Coat

  8. Libaas

Other Textile Items

  1. Woven Mats

  2. Gold Embroidered Slippers

  3. Kakaage Kalhu Gomaa's libaas

  4. Galolhu Ganduvaru Goma's libaas


  1. Turban belonging to Sultan Hassan Izzuddeen

  2. Turban belonging to Sultan Muhammad Shamsuddeen

  3. Turban belonging to Sultan Ibrahim Nooraddeen

  4. Cap belonging to Sultan Muhammed Fareed

  5. Feyli Kolhu worn by Sultan Muhammad Thakurufaanu

Jewellery & Other Accessories

  1. Necklaces

  2. Bangles

  3. Belt Buckle

  4. Chain with haika

  5. Buckle

  6. Belt

  7. Gold ring

Coin Collection


  1. Wooden Box

  2. Bodu Kuran'di Kolhu

  3. Saimuda

  4. Large pots

  5. Bronze Jug


  1. Glass Lamps

  2. Haiv Kodikodikaali or Lantern

  3. Billoori Bandiya

  4. Sameydhaan

Other Items

  1. Spittoons

  2. Incense Container

  3. Chinese Plate

  4. Weaponry

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