Museums in Malta: A mixture of rich heritage and artifacts, that represent some of the best places of interest in Malta!

The majority of museums in Malta are found in Valletta – the capital of Malta.

However, there are plenty others scattered across the Maltese islands: Mdina, Vittoriosa and Gozo island hosting some of the best ones apart from those located at Valletta.

In general, admission fees to museums in Malta are quite affordable so be sure to check out at least a few while holidaying in Malta. You will gain a better understanding of what Malta went through over the years as a nation and how the Maltese culture has developed over the past centuries.


Museums in Malta: Valletta

National Museum of Archaeology

Location: Republic Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: 2122 1623

Opening Hours: Daily - 9.00am to 7.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 5.00

Probably the most captivating of all museums in Malta, the Museum of Archaeology houses various exhibits that date back to the New Stone Age period, Bronze Age, Phoenician and Roman period. The museum is located in the

capital of Malta, Valletta.

Perhaps the highlight of the museum are the so-called “fat ladies” figurines – said to represent the fertility goddess. The Venus de Malta (as they’re also called) are sure to intrigue the visitor, especially when you realize that these statuettes date from around 3000 BC.

If you're interested in visiting this museum, go to our Malta Museum of Archaeology page, for more information on this very popular Malta museum.

National Museum of Fine Arts

Location: South Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: 2122 5769

Opening Hours: Daily - 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 5.00

This baroque palazzo houses a good sized collection of mostly Italian and Maltese paintings ranging from the 15th to the 20th Century.

The highlights of the museum is Turner’s impeccable watercolour painting of the Grand Harbour and a couple of impressive paintings from Mattia Preti. If you're an art lover, then of course this is one of the museums in Malta that you should visit.

If you'd like to learn more about this interesting museum, visit our

Malta Museums: National Fine Arts Museum page, for more information and details of the various collections which you will find on display at this museum.

St John’s Co-Cathedral and Museum

Location: Republic Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: 2122 0536

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm

Admission Fee: Euro 6.00

If you only had time to visit a couple of museums in Malta, then this would have to be one of them. The cathedral itself is impressive to say the least, but what draws thousands of visitors each year is the world famous Caravaggio painting “The Beheading of St John The Baptist” that’s in the museum. “St Jerome” another masterpiece from the turbulent Italian painter is also exhibited in the Cathedral museum.

If you'd like more information on the cathedral and museum, visit our Malta Attractions: St John's Co-Cathedral & Museum page.

War Museum

Location: St. Sebastian’s Spur, Fort St. Elmo complex, Valletta, Malta

Tel: 2122 2430

Opening Hours: Daily – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 6.00

The museum has a collection of relics, equipment and photographs from WWII. The whole museum is a commemoration of what Malta went through during the war. The star of the museum is the Faith, the only survivor of three biplanes that defended the islands bravely in 1939. A replica of the George Cross medal awarded to Malta for its bravery is also on display.

If you're interested in visiting the War Museum, go to our Places of interest in Malta: The National War Museum page, to get more information about this museum.

Grand Master’s Palace and the Armoury

Location: Misrah San Gorg, Valletta, Malta

Tel: 2124 9349

Opening Hours Palace: Mon to Fri (Closed on Thursdays) 10.00am to 4.00pm, Sat – Sun 9.00am to 5.00pm

Opening Hours Armoury: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fees: Palace Euro 4.66, Armoury Euro 4.70

The palace is an impressive building with an interior that is choc-a-block with artistic gems that have been accumulated over the centuries.

Impressive frescoes, massive chandeliers and breathtaking tapestries all add to the uniqueness of the interior décor. The armoury hosts some 5000 pieces of armaments that were produced between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, making it the museum that possesses the largest collection from all of the museums in Malta.

If you're interested in visiting the Grand Master's Palace and the Armoury, check out our Tourist Attractions Malta: Palace & Armoury page, for more information on these two popular tourist attractions.

Lascaris War Rooms

Location: Lascaris Bastion, Valletta, Malta

Tel: 2123 4936

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 9.30am to 4.00pm, Sat & Sun 9.30pm to 12.30pm

Admission Fee: Euro 4.00

An underground complex, the Lascaris War Rooms give a vivid depiction of the atmosphere during World War II. The location of the museum was originally used by the Knights of St John as living quarters for their slaves, but later got used by the British forces as their centre of operations and headquarters.

If you're interested in visiting this museum, go to our Lascaris War Rooms page, for more information and details on this Valletta museum.


Museums in Malta: Mdina

National Museum of Natural History

Location: Pjazza San Publju, Mdina, Malta

Tel: 2145 5951

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 5.00

The Natural History Museum is an old museum and has lots of glass cabinets with many exhibits in them. It's in need of renovation and perhaps this is the reason why it's not currently one of the most popular museums in Malta.

Don’t expect to see any interactive displays that are a must in modern natural history museums worldwide. The museum focuses on various themes and the displays are quite detailed though.

The geology exhibit explains Malta’s landscape origins and displays fossils that were found in the rocks.

If you're thinking of visiting this museum, go to our

Malta Museum of Natural History page for more information.

Mdina Cathedral Museum

Location: Pjazza Ta’ L-Arcisqof, Mdina, Malta

Tel: 2145 4697

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9.30am to 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am to 3.30pm

Admission Fee: Euro 2.50 (including entrance to Cathedral)

Across the road from the Cathedral, the museum is a rich showcase of Catholic art with several paintings, chalices and altars among other things. One of the highlights of the museum is a series of 53 woodcuts and copper plates by Albrecht Durer.

If you're interested in learning more about Mdina Cathedral and its museum, visit our Mdina Cathedral and Museum page.

The Roman Domus

Location: Il-Wesgha tal-Muzew, Mdina, Malta

Tel: 2145 4125

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 4.66

This museum is built around its main attraction, the Roman Villa built at around 50 AD. There are plenty of Roman relics to be admired such as mosaic floors, amphorae, pottery and sculptures.

If you'd like to visit this Roman Villa, go to our Tourist Attractions in Malta: Roman Domus & Museum page, for more information on this popular attraction.


Museums in Malta: Ta' Qali

Malta Aviation Museum

Location: Ta' Qali

Tel: 21 4160952

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 4.08

This museum is a definite must see for aviation enthusiasts. In addition to the various aircraft, uniforms and aviation memorabilia, at this museum you will also get the chance to see members of the museum restoring old aircraft to their former glory!

For more information on this excellent museum, visit our Malta Aviation Museum page.


Museums in Malta: Vittoriosa

Malta Maritime Museum

Location: Ix-Xatt tal-Birgu, Vittoriosa, Malta

Tel: 2166 0052

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 4.66

Well worth a visit, especially by Maritime enthusiasts, this museum has well-displayed exhibits ranging from traditional Maltese fishing boats, British naval vessels and models of the Knights’ galleys which played a crucial role in the power that the Knights of Malta had in the Mediterranean.

For more information on this interesting museum, visit our

Maritime Museum Malta page.

Museum of Ethnography

Triq il-Mina l-Kbira, Vittoriosa, Malta

Tel: 2182 7006

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 6.00

Located in the Inquisitor’s Palace, this museum’s main focus are the religious values and traditions in the Maltese culture over the years. The palace itself is an architectural gem and is well worth a visit.

If you're interested in visiting the Inquisitor's Palace and the museum, go to our Inquisitor's Palace and Ethnography Museum Malta page, for more information.

Interested in learning more about the charming town of Vittoriosa? Visit our Places in Malta: The 3 Cities page for more information.


Museums in Malta: Birzebbuga

Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum

Location: Zejtun Street, Birzebbuga

Tel: 2165 7419

Opening Hours: Daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 3.50

Ghar Dalam (meaning cave of darkness) provides the oldest evidence of man's presence on the Maltese islands. In this museum, you will have the chance to see the remains of a 125,000 year old hippopotamus and dwarf elephant.

For more information on this fascinating cave and museum, visit our Ghar Dalam page.


Museums in Malta: Gozo island

Gozo Cathedral Museum

Location: Triq il-Fosos, Victoria, Gozo

Tel: 2155 6087

Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 2.30 (combined tickets with other Citadella museums available)

Found at the back of the church, this museum holds many historical riches ranging from tapestries to religious art among which a gruesome painting of the martyrdom of St. Agatha.

Gozo Museum of Archaeology

Location: Triq Bieb l-Imdina, Victoria, Gozo

Tel: 2155 6144

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 2.30 (combined tickets with other Citadella museums available)

Exhibiting findings from the Prehistoric Temple of Ggantija as well as relics from the Punic and Roman periods such as terracotta cremation urns, jewelery and amphorae. Although not as extensive as the Malta one, this is one of the finest from all Gozo museums.

Gozo Museum of Folklore

Location: Triq Bernardo de Opuo, Victoria, Gozo

Tel: 2156 2034

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 8.00 (combined tickets with other Citadella museums available)

Housed in a charming old building, the Folklore Museum has a large collection of traditional trade and farming equipment giving an insight on rural life on Gozo island.

For some visitors, the building itself is more interesting than the exhibits. The building dates back to around 1500.

If you'd like more information on this museum, visit our

Gozo Museums: Folklore Museum page.

Old Prisons

Location: Misrah il-Katidral, Victoria, Gozo

Tel: 2156 5988

Opening Hours: Daily 9.00am to 5.00pm

Admission Fee: Euro 2.30 (combined tickets with other Citadella museums available)

Featuring original graffiti from inmates, the building served as a jail from the 1500s to 1904. The many historic graffiti etched on the walls makes it an interesting visit. These include crosses, ships and the cross of the Knights.


These are just the main museums in Malta and Gozo. There are others that are not as popular and cater for specific interests and niches.

So if you're pressed for time, we suggest that you start off by going through our list of museums. We're sure that you'll find a few museums in Malta and Gozo that will interest you.



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