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“A source of national pride” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Malta Maritime Museum

Malta Maritime Museum
Ex-Naval Bakery | Vittoriosa Waterfront, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2166 0052
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Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Housed within the Old Naval bakery, the Malta Maritime Museum charts Malta’s maritime history and lore within a Mediterranean context. It also illustrates the global nature of seafaring and its impact on Malta’s society. The museum houses numerous artefacts highlighting the different epochs of Malta’s history that is inadvertently tied to the sea.The museum is proud to showcase some unique artefacts including the largest known roman anchor in the world, the earliest known ex:voto on the island, the largest ship model belonging to the Order of St John, the largest collection of cannons on the island, the Napoleonic figure head of the 110 gun ship HMS Hibernia, a 1950’s working marine steam engine, and a collection of 60+ boats.
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“A source of national pride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

A very good survey of an impressive history presented in a range of superb items and well-documented legends.

Visited June 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is housed within a very attractive building with a waterfront entrance just beyond the marina. It is hard to believe that it was formerly an army bakery, certainly the most handsome bakery I’m seen.

Entry was included in the previous ticket and we spent an hour there. It portrays well Malta’s long and underpinning seafaring history. It contains some lovely models of ships, including the Vaxxel, illustrating the craft mastery involved.

All the maritime epochs are represented, from the Roman, through the Napoleonic with much attention devoted to the British Forces. There is a most cordial letter dated March 1979 commemorating the final historic gathering before departure of said Forces.

Visited March 2013
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“Maltese maritime History and its association with the Royal Navy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Although a hard to find museum for the disabled visitor, with buses not running near the museum,and the roads and pavements needing repair and lower kerbs, the museum is one of only a very few that can be considered as one of Malta's best museums, both for its exhibits and the information available from either the labels on items,or from the museum's very helpful staff.
A lift is provided to help disabled and those with young children and pushchairs visit the floors over which the many exhibits are, all of which are well lit and displayed, and unlike some other museums on Malta there is plenty of space around each item so that photos can be taken without having to worry about other items being included in other shots, that is unless neede and one has a wide angle lens that allows other items to be taken in the same shot. A large number of models are on view, ranging from old sailing vessels to the more modern fighting ships that the Royal Navy had in its Mediterranean Fleet, and were either based or visited Malta over the many years that Britain used Malta as one of its worldwide number of main bases that it had for the different vessels that made up the several fleets it had until well after WWII had ended.
This museum also has a section of a wooden warships cannon deck along with a muzzle loading cannon and all of the equipment around it that was needed fro the gun crew to use.
There is also a large area displaying the weights and measures used by the Customs, and these are of interest as they are the ones used in Britain during the days of Pecks, Bushels, Gill's and Pints, along with other measuring devices that included lengths and weights etc.
A worthwhile place to visit for those interested in old sailing vessels and the more modern fighting vessels, with there also being a small display of marine engines, boilers and pumps, all of which are to be found on the lower floor of the museum.
Well Done to the staff of the museum on how they not only greet visitors, but also for their help and knowledge during my visit.
David L Wilkinson

Visited April 2013
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“An excellent museum and well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This comprehensive and extremely interesting museum covers the whole of Malta's maritime history form earliest days up to and beyond the Second World War. Some superb model ships on display along with numerous artifacts. Our only regret was that we did not allow enough time to do justice to it all. Next time we'll go for longer.

Visited April 2013
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“Maritime Museum, Birgu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was a treasure trove of information about the naval history of Malta. I found the extensive area devoted to the British Navy and its connections with Malta particularly interesting.

Visited April 2013
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