Amongst the lesser-known though captivating attractions in the Maldives is its National Art Gallery and here’s more on what this site has to offer.
This gallery can be found in a part of Sultan Park on the island of Male, the nation’s capital. Depending on pandemic-related guidelines, one can explore the city and visit such attractions after landing or on the way back from stays at Maldives villas on all-inclusive private resorts the likes of VARU by Atmosphere.
Initially established in 1999 by the local government, the National Art Gallery in the Maldives was created to provide a platform where local artists could display their works. Amongst its other aims was to collect such creations from the past as well as contemporary times to put on display, while also offering a venue for exhibitions.
What to Expect
The only venue of its kind in the country, the gallery is known to host diverse exhibitions that showcase creations by Maldivians as well as regional and international artists. Such displays which encompass paintings, photographs, arts & crafts, and conceptual works can offer fascinating insights into local culture and society too.
The National Library
At this site, you will also find the National Library of the Maldives with a varying collection of reading materials including publications in Dhivehi, the local language, as well as Urdu, English, and Arabic. It also has selected collections including on the UN, while featuring manuscripts, press cuttings, journals, and more as well.