Set up on the National Day of the Maldives, the principal national historical center of the nation was opened on November 11, 1952, by the Prime Minister at the time, Mohamed Amin Didi. With the motivation behind safeguarding history and ingraining patriotism among the general population of the Maldives, the exhibition hall has a huge gathering of authentic curios, extending from stone items to pieces of imperial ancient pieces from the Buddhist period to the manage of Islamic rulers.
The exhibition hall was already regulated by the Maldivian Center for Linguistic and Historical Research. In any case, on 28 April 2010, this foundation was canceled by President Mohamed Nasheed and its charge of the Museum's duties given to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture while the semantic and authentic research obligations were given over to the Maldives College of Higher Education.
The three-storied exhibition hall (old building) is situated in the Sultan Park in Malé, which is a piece of the site of the Maldivian Royal Palace compound going back to the seventeenth century. The two-story Us-gēkolhu is the main residual structure of the royal residence crushed by flame in 1968.
The new working of the gallery is likewise situated in Sultan Park. The building was outlined, assembled and financed by the Chinese government. The building was exhibited to the Maldives by the Chinese government on 10 July 2010, however was formally opened and pronounced as the national historical center two weeks after the fact on Maldives' Independence Day, 26 July 2010. The inside of the gallery has been held from the times of the Sultanate, including the manually written Qur'an engraved on the dividers of the building.
A differing accumulation of antiques are shown in the exhibition hall, including relics from the predestined pre-Islamic period time, positions of royalty, imperial sunshades and furniture, ensembles and shoes, coins, adornments, arms and protection.
Others illustrations incorporate materials, for example, stylized dresses, turbans, favor shoes and belts utilized on extraordinary events, mats and other innovative weaving.