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The National Museum is a building gifted by China, it contains an excellent and well-labelled collection of historic artefacts that serve to trace the unusual history of these isolated islands. With the purpose of preserving history and instilling patriotism among the people of the Maldives, the museum has a large collection of historical artifacts, ranging from stone objects to fragments of royal antiquities from the Buddhist era to the rule of Islamic monarchs. The museum complex consists of two large buildings separated by Sultan’s Park in the old palace grounds across Medhu Ziyaarai Magu (street) inland from the gold-domed Islamic Centre (Grand Friday Mosque).