Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum
Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum
3.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Florian
12 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Place is set in a nice location, away from the sounds of traffic. (Even if set alongside a main road, but once you're inside you won't hear any of it) The displays are wonderful, especially the walls of bones displayed in glass wardrobes/shelves. Skeletal displays are accurate and nicely presented. Great for sketching.

The garden section was a bit disappointing (usually when visited in other times, the plants are thriving and flowering) as a lot of the displays had no plants behind them. They presumably died due to the extreme heat and drought. No protection was provided against the elements from what I've seen.

The cave has been and still was great (for context I've been visiting for about 8 years now here and there). There's no added negatives or positives.

Overall enjoyable, great explanation on boards as to how the cave formed. Recommend for newcomers/tourists.
Written February 9, 2023
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Musicians Mum
494 contributions
Jan 2022
Only accept card payments. Even if only for a 1 euro hot drink on exit(so do not bother)
Quite small but ideal for a short visit without overload. Easy to find by bus stop .Small display of bones found at different levels of excavation.
Steps through down levels of naturally kept terraces and some tree /herbs labelled. The cave itself is quite small but interesting.
Ideal for children under 10 as just enough and not too much. No good for buggies or wheelchairs.
One could take a picnic and just take in the view of the old terraces, roman villa and towers across the valley
Ticket price includes Borg in Nadur
Written January 30, 2022
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Nigel B
Wakefield, UK924 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The museum is one big room with cabinets full of small bones eg rhinoceros knuckle. The cave is interesting but you only get about 30 yards inside but can’t get any further. Worth seeing if passing.
Written February 18, 2020
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Loving malta
4 contributions
Sep 2022
I found the Ghar Dalem Caves on the Malta Heritage website and we were looking forward to visiting. However when we reached the caves and went to pay we were told they didn't take cash, only card payments. The admission prices were on the Heritage Malta website but no mention with the prices that it was card payment only. I asked if my son at home could pay over the phone for us, but unfortunately no entry without a physical card. Disappointed as it had taken over an hour to reach them by bus.
The lady at reception was very nice and helpful regarding buses but was unable to assist with entry to the caves.
Written September 16, 2022
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don c
29 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
A different way to start our sunday outing with such a beautiful Maltese weather.
We visited Ghar Dalam caves which are such in a peaceful environment surrounded by nature and beautiful views. A well taken care of museum is found when you enter with very interesting facts.
Written November 3, 2020
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Dear caruanad, Thank you for reviewing Ghar Dalam we are glad you enjoyed your visit and we will be happy to welcome you back again. Very much appreciated 😊!
Written November 5, 2020
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SHShaw
Island of Malta, Malta110 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
This is a difficult museum to rate on TripAdvisor. Should we approach the review from the perspective of the general public or should we review from the perspective of those who enjoy some palaeontology or palaeobiology. We decided to review the cave and museum from the perspective of the "palaeoaware". We do not think that the general public would enjoy it.

The cave was created during the Mediterranean's "Rain Age", known in northern Europe as the Ice Ages. One often forgets that this geologic era did more than create large ice cubes. The endless rain on limestone Malta created river valleys and caves. This museum is for a fine example of such a cave.

The museum building is of modest size and quite old. The staff were unwelcoming and disinterested. To be fair, once we started asking them questions, they thawed a little and did converse with us. We have noticed that the staff in Heritage Malta establishments are increasingly distant and unhelpful. This may point to morale problems in the organisation.

The museum consists of two wings, the old wing and the new. The new wing was created a number of years ago and contains much interesting information about the cave formation and about the biological remains found there. The displays are not to current AV standards but are very well done. Exhibits include expositions on nanism and deposition at different periods.

The old wing is very old fashioned. It is a room full of Victorian wood and glass cabinets, filled with endless rows of similar fossils. If there was a Museum of museums then this room could be an exhibit! When looking at the old wing one needs to be charitable and bear in mind that the museum has been subjects to repeated theft and vandalism over the years. The old wing is filled with what was not stolen.

The walk from the cave through the garden was enjoyable as we could view the dry river valley with a Knights-era tower and a WW2 bunker protecting the exit from Birzebbuga harbour. The cave is the highlight of the visit. It is easy to enter and has been left in a state following decades of excavation. The cave is not an aesthetically pleasing array of stalagmites and stalactites like most tourist-available cave systems. The caves were mainly created by pressured water. The information in the cave is not really sufficient but does at least highlight different periods of biological deposition in different phases of inundation.

As stated above, this place is really to be recommended for those with an interest in the subject. For the interested the place is worth at least 90 minutes.
Written December 7, 2014
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cplainjones
Birmingham, UK18 contributions
Sep 2019
The exhibition is a must see before entering the cave outside.
The new hall (2005) contains the clearest explaination of how Malta was formed and how it was affected by the ice ages despit the ice never coming anywhere near to the island. The mass of bones found in the cave and displayed in the second 'Victorian hall' confirmed that elephants and hippopotamus roamed the island once but that is not the biggest surprise - which is where they migrated from!!!
We wont spoil the surprise......
Written September 2, 2019
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CoasterNerdett
Belfast, UK333 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
We managed to get to ghar dalam on our last day.
Being able to go into the cave and see where all the sediment layers had been found was very interesting along with the museum housing a multitude of bones and the different animals that had been native to the area.
Written June 23, 2019
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Wallyontravel
Vercelli, Italy322 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
If you like ancient history and you go there after having read a bit about the history of the cave you would appreciate it more, there are various historical events connected to the cave and you need to look around well to see the connections, but it's interesting.
Unfortunately at least at the moment of my visit the cave was open to visitors only in the front part, the most of it was not accessible.
You can reach it by bus from Valletta with a bus toward Birzebugga, the stop is Dalam, at the side of the road you see the entrance.
There also is a museum that shows some of the many bones found in the cave, including (the pictures) of the 2 controversial paleolithic human teeths
Written June 2, 2019
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Biggs1988
Stoke sub Hamdon, UK4 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
5 Euros to get in.
A small but impressive cave
A two room museum, one enclosing bones found during excavation and the other, a history of the cave and its inhabitants.
While it isn't vast by any stretch and could do with updating more in line with the 21st century, it was interesting and worth visiting.
Not as disappointing as reviews seem to make out if you possess an ounce of knowledge about archaeology or have an interest in prehistoric settlements.
Written September 20, 2018
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