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“A Pleasant Collection” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of Fine Arts

National Museum of Fine Arts
Triq Nofs in Nhar, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1175, Malta
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Ranked #43 of 60 things to do in Valletta
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Owner description: OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at the lower end of South street (Valletta) within an area including other fine historical palaces dating from the times of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Set in a complimenting historic building, the museum presents a multifaceted overview of art and artistic expression in Malta from the late medieval period to the contemporary.Highlights from the collection on display include paintings by leading local and internationally acclaimed artists, precious Maltese silverware, statuary in marble bronze and wood, fine furniture items and splendid maiolica pieces. The collection also includes works by Joseph Mallord William Turner and Albert Bierstadt, Valentin de Boulogne, Jusepe Ribera and Guido Reni. The large piano nobile halls house works of art from the early renaissance to the high baroque with a focus on the corpus of works by the Italian baroque painter Mattia Preti. This is the biggest corpus of works by Mattia Preti on display in any public museum.
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“A Pleasant Collection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

The Museum of Fine Arts houses art work from the Italian Baroque period and paintings by ‘Caravaggists’. Heritage Malta kindly provide a brief guide highlighting the key works in the collection and where these are located within the Museum. While it would be disingenuous to expect a vast collection with contributions from the ‘Masters’, some tasteful pieces are exhibited. Anyone with an interest in the history of art or fine art in general would enjoy a morning here.

Visited May 2012
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“Nice, but small museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

It is a nice museum, but small, and so you are outside within 30 minutes. They offer several pieces of art, old and modern. Also foreign European artists.

Visited May 2012
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“Should change name”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

There are some nice sculpture and paints, but nothing extraordinary (i.e. paintings by the Caravaggists and not from Caravaggio). When I went there was also a temporary exhibition of Aligi Sassu’s paints.
Not a waste of time but not a major attraction.

Visited May 2012
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“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

This take a bit of finding, but well worth the effort. Few big name artists, but the art is very interesting and gives a real sense of the island, and is a part of art history that is often overlooked. It is quite a big collection, and covers a long period. The early religious art is especially fine.

Visited April 2012
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“Should be renamed museum of religious art”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

As art collections go this has a very strong religious theme. Inevitable of course in any history of western painting but you are left wondering whether there is more to Maltese art. You do not expect a small country like Malta to have richly resourced art galleries but this is definitely one for those with an interest in sacred art. Central location in Valletta. Not a waste of time but not a major attraction.

Visited March 2012
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