National Art Gallery


Under one roof you'll find the National Library, various cultural centres from countries around the world and this exhibition space, which has temporary displays of Maldivian art. There is sadly no permanent collection, so often there's nothing to see here if there's not an exhibit, but it's worth dropping by to check.

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2. Grand Friday Mosque

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3. Old Friday Mosque

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4. Muleeaage & Medhu Ziyaarath

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5. National Museum


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6. Tomb of Mohammed Thakurufaanu

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7. Fish Market

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8. Produce Market

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