Maritime Museum Malta

The place where you can admire Knights of Malta vessels and much more!

Our Maritime Museum Malta page focuses on one of the most popular museums in Malta.

This museum is a definite must if you’re a maritime or marine engineering enthusiast.

Vittoriosa (or Birgu, as it’s also known) was the first harbour city in Malta.

The museum is on the site of the old Galley Arsenal of the Knights of Malta.

At one time the building where the museum is housed, was used as a bakery for the Royal Navy.

The Malta Maritime Museum illustrates the course of maritime history of Malta.

It has a wide range of exhibits and its excellent collection consists of exhibits from the Knights of St John era, the Roman period and the British period, to name a few.

The museum was opened for the general public in 1992.

One of the halls focuses entirely on the Royal Navy in Malta.

Another one is dedicated to the Order of St John era. One of the halls in the museum is used for temporary exhibitions. For marine engineering enthusiasts, a “newer” section was recently opened which is spread over two levels and is all about marine engineering.

Other sections of the museum concentrate on the merchant navy, Maltese traditional boats and ancient shipping and navigation.

The Merchant Navy section has a nice collection of detailed ship replicas and paintings depicting vessels from the 19th and 20th century.

The main hall is dedicated to the Knights of Malta period. Here you will see cannons, interesting paintings of well known sea battles and many models of boats, ranging from Grand Masters’ vessels to an 18th century military galley, which is the exhibit that attracts the most attention in this museum.

These robust vessels helped the Knights of St John navigate in the Mediterranean, even through severe storms.

At the Maritime Museum, you can also see a large collection of Roman anchors. The anchors were retrieved from various parts of the islands. This is further proof that Malta was very active in those ancient times.

Guided tours of the museum are held by Heritage Malta at 11.00 am daily.




Maritime Museum Malta

Location: Ex-Naval Bakery, Vittoriosa, Malta.

Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm. The museum is closed on the 24th, 25th and 31st of December, 1st of January and Good Friday.

Entrance Fee: Euro 5.00 (Discounts apply for students, kids and senior citizens)

Telephone: 21 660 052

Email: info@heritagemalta.org




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