Sunday, April 27, 2014

A day at the Meuseum

As mentioned in an earlier post I took the boys and my niece to visit the National Meuseum  during the holidays.  We got our selves a guide,  who patiently explained to the kids all about the history and  all.  I was quite impressed by her enthusiasm.
Here are a few things I   took shots of and a little bit of history behind it.

During the time of Chinese silk route, Maldives was one of the stopping points of the Chinese merchants en route to  Africa and Arabia.  When they arrive they exchanged goods through barter system. These  beautiful China collection you see below were discovered buried in various areas  and are said to be bartered from the  Chinese. I remember when growing up my mother  had one of these which was used as a mixing bowl.

Then there was the brass collection.

Below is a  Lacquer  worked serving plate  used to serve food for one of the Sultans .  Maldives was a  Sultanate  country before it became a Republic.

During the old days they  didnt use  coins or paper money,  they used Cowrie shells as a form of money. Cowrie shells were abandant in Maldives

My son's favorite , the boat collection, various types of Dhoni, used for various purposes of travelling on the sea.

There were various other artifacts and pieces of history like some of the thrones used by the sultans, The various old dresses worn in the old days, plates and cups of beautiful handiwork. 

I also discovered this, old measuring cups used  during the old days,  first there was the ones used for  measuring  dry ingredients such as  rice, sugar and flour. 

from right to left :, Naalhi ( 1 kg)  , Laahi ( 250g)  , Bai Laahi  ( about 125g)
Below are the measuring units, made out of coconut shells, used for measuring liquids such  Rihaakuru ( fish paste ), Dhiyaa hakuru ( sugar syrup made out of  fresh toddy)

from Right to left :  Bai laahi ,  Laahi ,  Baaga ( aprox 560ml) ,Adubai (1.12 L) , Sorry couldnt find out the measurement of  Bai laahi and Laahi.
National Museum is open  everyday except fridays and public holidays.  Opening hours 10:00 am to 17:00pm. Admission for tourists is 50Rf ( for adults, above 12 years) , chidlren under 12 its 15 Rf. 

For locals Admission for Adults( above 12yrs) is  20 Rf, and 5 Rf for local children under 12years.  
You can take photographs ,as long as you dont use flash photography, they charge you 10 Rf for photography. 

Guide comes for free, just have to request for one at the counter. 

Over all, it was a great morning for the kids. I think its  important for kids to learn about their countries history.


  1. Didn't know it's allowed to take pictures inside the museum....Great to know that you had a great morning with the kids.

    1. They allowed it as long as we didnt use flash and they charged us 10 Maldivian Ruffiya to use the camera minus the flash.

  2. looks like a great place love the old measuring cups

  3. Howdy Nammi ! Hope you're all well dear. What a wonderful trip you have with your kids. I too love taking my kids to visit this kind of places when they're younger. But not anymore! They've grown up and they prefer to go places with friends. :o) Well, this is what we called as LIFE !
    Hope you're going to have a fabulous week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

  4. Lovely collections n great idea to capture it too..

  5. Beautiful artifacts! I love the idea of using shells as money and those bowls are pretty! My Mom has plates similar to them.

  6. I am glad that you had a great time at the museum...thanks for sharing the pictures Nammi.
    Hope you are enjoying your week :D

  7. Looks a great place!! I loved the measuring cups... big ones!!! :)

  8. Hi Nammi,

    This is an interesting place to visit. There is so much to learn in museums.


  9. It's my dream to visit Maldives someday. Thanks for sharing


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