Museums Malta

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Malta Aviation Museum
The Museum is established in three hangars in the former RAF Ta'Qali Aerodrome and is currently undergoing an ambitious expansion project featuring the construction of a larger hangar and a two storey multi purpose museum block.

Virtual Emigration Museum
The aim of the Malta Migration Museum website is to collect information relating to issues of interest to migrants and migration. It will be a site which will continue to grow to provide the most comprehensive collection of such information.

National Museum of Archaeology
The National Museum of Archaeology displays an exceptional array of artefacts from Malta’s unique prehistoric periods starting with the first arrival of man in the Ghar Dalam phase (5200 BC) and running up to the Tarxien phase (2500 BC). The collection is housed in the Auberge de Provence, one of the first and most important buildings to be erected in Malta’s baroque capital city, Valletta, after the Great Siege in the late 16th century.

Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum
Ghar Dalam Cave is a highly important site as it was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, was discovered. What makes the site even more fascinating is that it was in use during World War II, when it served first as an air raid shelter and later as a fuel storage depot.

Natural Science Museum
Situated behind the Law Courts in the Citadel of Victoria, Gozo, the Natural Science Museum is hosted in an old house the origins of which may date back to the Aragonese period. During the 17th and 18th centuries it was used as an inn. A visitor to the islands in the 19th century is on record as having remarked that the hotel was clean, that the food was good, and that the prices were reasonable. During the Second World War, the building gave shelter to several Maltese families who sought refuge from enemy action in Malta.

National Museum of Natural History
The National Museum of Natural History is the national repository of biological specimens. Both life and earth sciences are represented in the museum, which has a particular focus on the Maltese Islands. The Museum is housed in the 18th century Magisterial Palace of Justice within the medieval walled city of Mdina.

Roman House
The mosaic pavements in the ‘Roman house’ at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period. The mosaic pavement surrounded by a Doric peristyle can be found in the lower floor of the museum.

Old Prison
The Old Prison is situated in the Citadel, overlooking Cathedral Square and adjacent to the Law Courts, to which it was originally connected. In its present form, the prison complex is divided into two sections: the entrance hall, which served as a common cell in the 19th century; and a free-standing block with six individual cells. The prison was in use from the mid-16th century until the beginning of the 20th century.

Museum of Diplomacy
The virtual Museum of Diplomacy will be more than a typical museum. Its main function will be to highlight the relevance of diplomacy to modern society, as opposed to the use of force. The Museum will present historical examples of the success of diplomacy. Visitors will have a chance to communicate “across time” with famous diplomats from the past including Talleyrand and Metternich.


Gozo Museum of Archaeology
The Gozo Museum of Archaeology Display Project stems directly from the objectives of Priority 4 (Regional Distinctiveness – Gozo Special Needs) of the Single Programming Document. The project, aims at upgrading the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. Apart from providing secure and state-of-the-art display cases for Gozo’s unique archaeological treasures, it will contribute to the development of a cultural tourism niche market and will attract more tourists to the island all the year round.

National War Museum
The National War Museum represents Malta’s important military role in the post-1800 period under British rule, especially during the WWII. A key feature is the photographic panels depicting the harsh conditions endured by the civilian population and the extent of war damage during the crucial war years of 1940-1943.

Palace Armoury
The Palace Armoury is found in the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta. This museum provides a very interesting collection of full suits of armour, arms, and guns dating back the 15th century. A number of important suits of armour have survived in the Armoury. The most notable one are those of grandmasters Fra Martin Garzes and Fra Alof de Wignacourt.

National Museum of Fine Art
The National Museum of Fine Art (Malta) is found in Valletta. The collection found in the museum ranges from the late Middle Ages to contemporary artists. Among the paintings of the Museum there are works by Mattia Preti, Guido Reni and Giuseppe Cali. Other works of art found in the Museum include Maltese antique furniture.

Maritime Museum
The Malta Maritime Museum is found in Birgu. The aim of this museum is to highlight the maritime heritage of the Maltese Islands. The Museum is housed in the former British Naval Bakery which was designed by William Scamp in the 1840s. Originally the site was the Galley Arsenal.

Inquisitor's Palace
The Inquisitor's Palace is a museum in Birgu (Vittoriosa). The museum is also used for temporary exhibitions, the most notable one being the exhibition of torture instruments brought over from a museum in Italy. This museum is managed by Heritage Malta.

Folklore Museum
The Folklore Museum is in the city of Cittadella, Gozo, Malta. The museum is located in houses that were probably built towards the end of the 15th or the beginning of the 16th century. The architectural features are in Sicilian style, and may owe something to the influence of the Chiaramonte family of Sicily and southern Italy when they were Counts of Malta in the late 14th century.