Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The 13th century palazzo, set in the heart of the medieval city of Mdina, was the home of Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962). Olof was an artist, soldier, collector and philanthropist. The Gollchers were Swedish ship owners and traders, who came to Malta in 1848. Olof Gollcher bought the palazzo with his mother in 1927 and he made the house his home until he died in 1962. The Olof Gollcher Collection comprises artefacts originating from European and Mediterranean countries, between the 15th and 20th centuries, including furniture, arms, armour, jewellery, coins, paintings, fans, rugs, documents, manuscripts, silver and glass. Please check our website for our opening hours. Facilities include: Audio guided tours in the following languages: Maltese, English, Italian, French, German and Spanish, panoramic view rooftop cafe and special needs toilet.
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  • andrewnb
    Rye, United Kingdom353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting restored 13th century house, well worth a visit
    A lovely house with an interesting history and furnishings. Very good audioguide, interspersing the room commentary with quotes from its owner and restorer, Olaf Gollcher. Some exquisite items including a Napoleonic era watch with an unusual dial; I shall say no more, go see for yourself!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Serena C
    Cheshire, United Kingdom881 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An insight into how the wealthy lived!
    A very pretty private house/museum in Mdina. Pretty old as it dates back to the 13th century. There are kitchens to visit, a lovely courtyard, and all the rooms you would expect of the landed gentry! Lots of different things on display - silver, jewellery, furniture, rugs, paintings and thousands of books. You can wander at your leisure.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Lisa B
    United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating place to visit, very enjoyable
    A really lovely experience. The house is charming and historically fascinating. The audio guide was great. The rooms are really interesting and it is like stepping back in time. It’s very different from the normal museum experience, much richer and real. The staff were very helpful.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 22, 2023
  • bettiBelfast
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting beautiful house with lovely rooftop cafe
    My family all enjoyed our visit to this beautiful house. It was lovely to escape the crowds of Mdina and spend an hour exploring the rooms here. We also enjoyed coffee and cake in the rooftop cafe, which had stunning views.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
  • CAAbcfc
    Zurich, Switzerland282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's actually quite good
    Historic houses are historic houses and each one has a story to tell. With about 16 rooms and an audio guide, it's pitched just about right for this reviewer! 45 minutes is enough time and the exhibits are interesting and fit well. Limited numbers are allowed in to avoid overcrowding and a short wait seems fairly normal. The cashier did seem a little laboured in processing us though and surprisingly no literature - not even a short pamphlet - was handed over.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 15, 2024
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TheJackeh
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
Because I go very slow to take in each room, I spent 2 hours here, not including the cafe stop upstairs (beautiful place to sit down and refresh). Audio guide is included with 10 euros admission and I like how the audio guide is simple walkthrough that points and explains the highlights. Simply love the "lived-in" museum experience.
Written November 9, 2022
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Finchduck1981
Wokingham, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Went to visit whilst in Mdina intending to see the French Revolutionary pocket watch - with 100 minutes in an hour. We found lots more intriguing items in the setting of this beautiful house. The audioguide gave just the right amount of information and worked automatically so there was no need to fiddle with buttons thus making the whole experience more relaxing. A little gem. The coffee shop was not operating in January but it was still possible to access the roof for lovely views.
Written January 13, 2020
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Julia L
Columbia, MO119 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
The house is so reconstructed as to no longer be medieval. The art collection is mostly regrettable baroque paintings. At the time the owner was collecting, baroque paintings were very inexpensive, so his collection has to be understood as reflecting a bad eye for art. His own paintings are shopping mall quality. Even his collection of rugs is not worth looking at.
Written February 15, 2023
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Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum is one of the oldest buildings in Mdina and dates back to the 13th century and the upper floor was added during the 15th century. Over the centuries, the various occupants of the palazzo made further architectural modifications including the last owner, Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962) who generously bequeathed his house and collection to the public. The reputable cultural organisation Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti (FPM) has taken the arduous process of restoring the palazzo while discovering several architectural features and highlighting the various interventions effected throughout the centuries. Several academics and experts have contributed by studying the building’s history and the rich collection within it, some of which are of exceptional importance. To quote one such expert, Ms Jennifer Wearden, an authority on oriental carpets, described our carpet collection as a 'collection of remarkable pieces' . Palazzo Falson offers the visitors an experience of a historic house museum and its collection that reflect the interest of Olof Gollcher.
Written February 17, 2023
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TerraBellaTravel
London, UK45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We tried to visit today but couldn’t get past the front door. We had a small folding push chair but were told that we couldn’t leave it folded in reception despite a significant amount of space. In several places we have been across the island, having a pushchair has not once been a problem. It seemed a little bias against young parents and families. We were left very disappointed. We can highly recommend Casa Bernard in Rabat, down the road, who are incredibly welcoming and have a beautiful family-run historical home.
Written July 15, 2022
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Kindly note that the museum welcomes children from 6 years upwards accompanied by adults. We regret that we could not provide room for the folding pushchair. These two policies are mentioned on our website under the 'museum policies' section. However we are making the necessary storage space for bulky objects in case of need for our visitors.
Written August 8, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tasha K
Pontefract, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I popped into the Palazzo Falson during a brief few hours in Mdina. I was short on time but so pleased I made time to visit here as it is such a beautiful property. The lady at the front desk was so friendly and gave me an electronic device to use walking round that gives interesting information on each room. Originally medieval, there is a mixture of different historical influences on the decor through refurbishments over time. It was also home to artist Olaf Gollcher. My favourite areas were the courtyard area with stone staircase and fountain because it was just so zen and idyllic and I also loved the kitchen with majolica tiles. I didn't have time to try the cafe sadly but hope to revisit if I am in Malta again. I would definitely recommend adding it to your list of places to see whilst in Mdina.
Written June 18, 2022
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Kim B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Lovely house to wander round, full of personalised memorabilia collected by its owner. The experience is enhanced by an excellent audio guide.
The cafe on the roof also has beautiful views of the surrounding area
Written October 12, 2022
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CAAbcfc
Zurich, Switzerland282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Historic houses are historic houses and each one has a story to tell. With about 16 rooms and an audio guide, it's pitched just about right for this reviewer! 45 minutes is enough time and the exhibits are interesting and fit well. Limited numbers are allowed in to avoid overcrowding and a short wait seems fairly normal. The cashier did seem a little laboured in processing us though and surprisingly no literature - not even a short pamphlet - was handed over.
Written May 15, 2024
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Kathy T
London, UK255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Interesting house with a good mixture of exhibits - not too much of any one thing if you have been to a lot of cathedrals and museums already! The audio guide was very good, with the right amount of detail.

The only annoyance for me was that they wouldn’t give an audio guide to our son. They offered an activity book. He’s a mature 10 year old, not a toddler, so an activity book is quite a put-down. He’s not going to chuck it about, as was clear from his sensible demeanour. The suggestion to hold it near him as we went round wasn’t helpful as it’s nowhere near loud enough (which we didn’t know until leaving the desk). So we repeated things to him as we went round but he lost the detail. He would have been totally engaged with the guide. If you are reading this, please consider a policy review.

Otherwise, the place was great.
Written August 28, 2021
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Thanks to this valid comment we will be looking into our policy to make the necessary adjustments.
Written September 24, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lizzie53
southampton england265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I’ve been to Mdina five times, and only managed to find this wonderful place on visit number five! Don’t miss it. The courtyard is idyllic, even in January there’s bougainvillea and hibiscus in it. A lovely fountain in one corner, and lots of greenery. I sat there for nearly half an hour, simply at total peace.

I couldn’t visit the upstairs rooms, as I have mobility issues but, the lower rooms were an absolute joy. The Artist’s studio and the Refectory were particularly fascinating. Truly a tranquil, peaceful place, and I’m so, so glad I found it on this visit.

Lovely staff too - very friendly and helpful.
Written February 20, 2022
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Jane BL
Kent, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Interesting house. An audio guide included in the price added to the experience. Interesting displays and art in rooms around a courtyard. Super rooftop cafe was a welcome find. A “bee friendly” garden on the roof too!
Written February 28, 2023
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