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Malta: Museums in Valletta

There are many museums in Valletta, which is not surprising as it is linked to the Order of St. John and is found on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The moment you enter the city, it is as though you have stepped into a museum. Every step you take, everywhere you look, you find buildings and monuments which take you back in time.

All photography in this article belongs to Alex Turnbull.

Museums in Valletta

Valletta has a range of museums to visit. Here is a quick view of some of the most popular museums you can visit in the city.

St. John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum

Ticket price for adult 15 Euros

A roman catholic co-cathedral found in the center of Valletta, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It was built in 1577 by the Order of St. John, commissioned by Grandmaster Jean de la Cassiere by the designs of Girolamo Cassar. In the 17th century, the interior was redecorated in Baroque style and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. The exterior is in Mannerist style and the façade looks pretty plain in comparison to the interior. The cathedral has 9 chapels and notable artworks, The Beheading of St. John the Baptist by Caravaggio (1571-1610) being the most famous piece. This piece has the largest canvas, the only painting that is signed by him and is considered to be one of Caravaggio’s masterpieces.

The Malta Experience

Ticket price for adult 16 Euros

Opposite the Mediterranean Conference Centre, is the Malta Experience. It is an audio-visual show which covers 7000-years of the history of Malta and the Maltese islands. If you enjoy entertainment and history, this will definitely interest you.

Mediterranean Conference Center

Ticket price for adult 10 Euros

A virtual museum within the Mediterranean Conference Center that uses augmented reality and holographic technology.

MCC & The Knights Hospitallers

A building that definitely deserves attention when in Valletta. The Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), is a 16th-century building located close to the Siege Bell and has a view of the Grand Harbour. It is also the place to learn about the Knights in Malta and their role as a Hospitaller Order of Chivalry during the Medieval times in Malta.

Lascaris War Rooms

Ticket price for adult 13 Euros

A complex of underground tunnels is found in Valletta, which was the War Headquarters during World War 2. The British built secret underground tunnels which were completed in 1943. Lascaris War Rooms got their name after Grandmaster Giovanni Paolo Lascaris. The rooms contained operations rooms, where both defenses of the island, as well as other operations in the Mediterranean, were conducted. These rooms were also used by NATO at a later time. The tunnels were then open to the public and can be visited.

Ticket price for adult 40 Euros for a multi-site heritage pass including; Malta at War Museum, Fort Rinella, Lascaris War Rooms, the War H.Q. Tunnels, and the Saluting Battery.

National War Museum

Ticket price for adult 10 Euros

The National War Museum is found on the side of Fort St. Elmo. In 1614, Vendome Bastion was constructed which linked the French Curtain to Fort St. Elmo. The bastion was later turned into an armory and is now part of the National War Museum.

The Palace Armoury

Ticket price for adult 10 Euros

The Palace Armoury is housed at the Grandmaster’s Palace and showcases the main armoury of the Knights of St. John, ruling between 1530 to 1798. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt was the founder of the collection of weapons and military equipment. The collection itself became the pride of the Order when he transferred it to the Magisterial Palace in 1604. The armoury lost much of its original grandeur, however, was later restored and revived to be Malta’s first public museum in 1860.

National Museum of Archaeology

Ticket price for adult 5 Euros

The National Museum of Archaeology in Malta is managed by Heritage Malta and is in Valletta. In 1958 the National Museum was opened by, then the Minister of Education, Agatha Barbara. Originally the Museum had archaeological artifacts and fine arts. The fine arts collection was then moved to the National Museum of Fine Arts. In 1998, the Museum was refurbished and upgraded, with artifacts being placed into climate-controlled displays, meeting all the conservation standards. You can find collections from the Early Neolithic period (5200-3800 BC), Temple period (3800-2500 BC), and temporary exhibits in the Grand Salon.

National Museum of Fine Arts

Ticket price for adult 10 Euros

The National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta was inaugurated on 7th May 1974 and showcases the arts of both foreign and local artists, with the majority being European artistic styles. The building is an 18th-century palace that was the home of the Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. It was closed in October 2016, to be reopened in 2018, and rename as MUZA, an acronym from Maltese Muzew tal-Arti.

Casa Rocca Piccola living museum

A 16th-century palace in Valletta, the home of the noble De Piro family. In the palace, there is also the La Giara Restaurant. There are quite a few things to see and admire in this home, as well as guided tours.

Central Bank of Malta Currency Museum

Guided tours can be arranged via online form

Closely located to the Auberge de Castille is the Central Bank of Malta Currency Museum. The Museum showcases coins and banknotes which were used in Malta. The range is from Punic times to the Order of St. John, the British period, the Maltese Lira, and finally today’s Euro.


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