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Address: Vilhena Palace | St Publius Square, Mdina, Island of Malta RBT 12, Malta
Phone Number:
+356 2145 5951
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at...

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs).

The National Museum of Natural History, situated within the Vilhena Palace, including display areas that cover various topics such as Maltese Geology and Palaeontology, exotic mammals, marine fauna, insects, shells and birds and other topics like human evolution.

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Informative but bare

Information and exhibits contained within are interesting but limited. Some exhibits need an update whilst others are going through the process. I wish I could recommend here but... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2017
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very basic museum. We bought a ticket that let us into 4 attractions so offered ok value for money. Very small and not a great deal to see. Building isn't accessible as just stairs.

Thank 2Travel4Explore
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Information and exhibits contained within are interesting but limited. Some exhibits need an update whilst others are going through the process. I wish I could recommend here but there are other places which would be a wiser use of money.

Thank Forensirob
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2017

We visited with a 5 and 15 year old on a recent trip to Mdina. Both children love nature so we thought it might give them something to do before they were dragged around looking at old buildings. Set within a beautiful old palace, the museum is most definitely dated but the building is so pretty it almost makes up... More 

Thank K28Kent
North Lincolnshire
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118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed February 17, 2017

Great setting and does involve lots of stairs. Old style layout, no modern electronic type displays. However this is most certainly worth a visit, the exhibits are varied and very interesting. Do include it in your visit to Mdina

Thank AirlieJock
St. Neots, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2017

My initial impression, based on the posters in the entrance corridor, was that this was a bit technical - summaries of academic papers on the wall. But it got better, with some galleries more modern than others. The room displaying information about the smaller Maltese islands around the main two (Gozo and Malta) appeared to be recent and was informative.... More 

Thank James G
Worcester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017

The museum is set in a beautiful baroque palace that wows on entry. The museum itself is quite small but has some brilliant collections of specimens - I particularly enjoyed the room with all the birds and the skeletons. However I think the surroundings could do with a bit of updating in order to show the pieces to their best... More 

Thank VanillaMochi
Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2016

I visited this fantastic museum for the first time in May 2016 and I was not disappointed. Over the years I have seen different set ups in various places at showing the natural history of a place and this one is the best I have seen yet with the wide spectrum of all the different exhibits that they have gathered... More 

Thank Harry A
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146 reviews
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Reviewed November 29, 2016

Housed in Palazzo Vilhena, a Baroque palace rebuilt in 1726 by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena, the National Natural History Museum is worth a quick visit. It has some good exhibits as seen in some of the photos here. The museum is included in the Heritage Malta Multisite Pass.

Thank ShaunH290
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138 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed November 10, 2016

as in Mdina thought I may as well go in here and so glad I did set in a beautiful Palace at the entrants place and nobody else in there!! had it to myself 3 floors full of amazing creatures and pictures even though every country has a Natural History museum to have one where its not busy you can... More 

Thank BarcelonamadLizzie
Island of Malta, Malta
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 18, 2016

Kids enjoyed it a lot. Skeletons of fish, dinosours. Its quite a big museum but its airy and filled with natural light. Took us about 1 hr 30 mins, but the children were hooked.

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