Visiting Museums in Malta

Art, archaeology, history - find out about some of the most popular museums in Malta...

There are a number of museums of interest on the islands of Malta and Gozo, many of them managed by Heritage Malta, which is the agency in Malta responsible for cultural heritage, museums and conservation.

The Auberge de Provence is an example of Valletta’s Baroque period. It houses the Museum of Archaeology, where visitors can see a number of artefacts dating back to 5,000BC. Some of the highlights include the Sleeping Lady, daggers from the Bronze Age, and the Horus and Anubis pendant, dating back to the Phoenician period.

  • At: Republic Street, Valletta VLT 1112
    Tel: 2122 1623

The National Museum of Fine Arts is set in a historical building on South Street in Valletta. It includes pieces from the late medieval period all the way through to contemporary art. Highlights of the collections include silverware, and works by the Italian Baroque painter Mattia Preti.

  • At: South St, Valletta VLT 1101, Malta
    Tel: 2195 4341

Teatru Manoel in Valletta is the third oldest working theatre in Europe. It also houses a museum dedicated to almost 300 years of theatre history. The theatre itself is a baroque gem commissioned by one of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St. John - António Manoel de Vilhena - in 1731.

  • At: 115 Triq it-Teatru l-Antik, Valletta VLT 1426
    Tel: 2122 2618

The Malta Maritime Museum in Vittoriosa is spread over 2,000m2 and focuses on three areas: the era of the Order of St John’s, the Royal Navy and a hall housing the machinery of the Anadrian (a steam engine in working condition).

  • At: Ex-Naval Bakery, Vittoriosa Waterfront, Vittoriosa BRG 1721
    Tel: 2166 0052

The Folklore Museum is accommodated in a cluster of medieval houses in the citadel of the capital city of Gozo, Victoria. It highlights the way of life in Malta and Gozo in the past few centuries.

  • At: Melite Bernardo De Opuo Street, The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo VCT 1860
    Tel: 2156 2034

The newly-built Malta National Aquarium in Qawra contains 26 display tanks, including a 12m-wide aquarium with a walk-through tunnel that enables visitors to experience a close-up view of the sea life.

  • At: Triq It-Trunciera, Qawra, San Pawl il-Bahar SPB 1500
    Tel: 2258 8100