The Knights Hospitallers
The Knights Hospitallers
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This is a small museum within the conference centre of the knights of Malta, in Valletta. The Blurb for this reads“Beneath the ‘Sacra Infermeria’, beside the historic Fort St Elmo, you will discover the chivalrous world of the Hospitaller Knights. Wander in an authentic site and relive and experience a past golden age. Now, you can go back in time through sights, sounds and smells – from the Crusades to the Great Siege, the glorious Hospital and the Plague. Travel across 700 years of history, of the Knights of St John.”
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Lillie W
4 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We arrived in the morning and they had barely set up, despite being open. The instructions for the VR were so vague and unhelpful and the actual program itself was a bit confusing. Besides that, the building was very cool and there was a good hologram lesson type thing.
If you want to go, would recommend doing the malts experience as it was included in the ticket
Written July 16, 2022
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Phillip L
Melbourne, Australia364 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
The Sacra Infermeria is dripping in history and whilst now, used as an entertainment venue, the right guide will bring it to life for you - and we had the right guide, Anna. A fascinating story and visit and one only had to use a little imagination to see into the past. This is one small part of the history of the Knights of St John (and all we had time to do unfortunately), but just do it.
Written October 8, 2023
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Sherry
8 contributions
Jan 2022
We did this instead of the Malta Experience. It’s a small little museum that gives a good overview of how the Knights ran the hospital. You can also walk around the MCC and see the hospital for yourself. Costs less than the Malta experience.
Written January 6, 2022
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Jen
Paris, France25 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We really enjoyed this interactive, self guided tour. Beautiful building, friendly staff, and great views. If you are interested in the Knights Templar and histoey, this is the tour for you. Very interesting and held our teens' attention
Written May 1, 2022
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Addlepate
United Kingdom411 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
An odd place, this: an ancient building, but wrecked in WW2 and largely rebuilt; a museum in a modern conference centre in an ancient building rebuilt in the '70s.

There's a lot of confusion between this and the Malta Experience over the road, and indeed it seems you can - sometimes - get a tour of part of this building as part of your Maltese Experience ticket; but you won't see all of it, and particularly not the lower level and tunnels which are the most fascinating part.

To get to the Knights Hospitallers, ignore the banners for Malta Experience and go to the right hand side entrance to the conference centre on North Street, and in through the conference centre reception. If there isn't a conference on, you'll get to see all three levels; the impressive Great Ward, rebuilt in the 1970s after bomb damage in WW2 and once the longest hall in Europe; the vaulted below; and the lowest level, where there's an exhibition about the Hospitallers and ancient medical practice. From here you can go down into the tunnels used variously for communication, storage, prison and hospital in various times.

It's the lowest level that we found most interesting (and which you won't see on a Malta Experience tour). To be honest the exhibition itself is pretty basic, wax period figures and information plaques on the wall, but for my partner who is a medical professional it was fascinating to learn about early medical practice.

The tunnels off this ward focus most on the Napoleonic, rather than Hospitaller, history and are very atmospheric and bring back the terrible conditions that must have existed at the time.

It's really a small exhibition, and perhaps if you don't have an interest in the subject it won't do much for you, but we found it really interesting; to my mind if you're at all interested in the history of the island it's worth going into to get a flavour.
Written December 16, 2018
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ShakyStevens
Ilford, UK56 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Having being burned down and extensively restored in the 70s and 80s, there shouldn’t be much to enjoy about this visit to a hospital built in 1574. I would say though, that this is one of the more interesting attractions in Valletta.

From the large ward area at ground level, to the tunnels, and cell-like patient accommodations below, all are well presented, using life-like wax figures.

The story told is very interesting, and I would recommend a visit, however, like many of the attractions in Malta, there is a lack of artefacts from the time in this display.
Written April 3, 2015
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Mrs. E
Rottingdean, UK115 contributions
Oct 2021
If I must be honest I wouldn't recommend it as I expected some artifacts, art etc and got dressed up big dolls that look really tacky. It is only 5 Euro to get in so If you want you can visit but it is waist of time and really you just look at made up dolls from 1500 and some information about life, health and hospital from Templar times - honestly you can do better reading about it on internet.
Written October 7, 2021
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sailorstep
Wirral, UK65 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
Great exhibition! Set in the basement of the building which lends a great atmosphere to the museum of the hospital set up by the Knights of St John. Lots of information and also some accompanying audio for parts of the tour. I think this is one for all of the family - kids and adults will find lots of interesting facts here.
Written March 26, 2018
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travellingtbprecise
Leuven, Belgium401 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
The vast majority of Valletta attractions are overpriced, as none of them (apart from the Co-Cathedral) are a reason in itself to get on an airplane. It's rather the "package" of activities you can subsequently experience while walking in a beautiful old town that makes Valletta worthwile.
This activity fits that picture.
Our "combined ticket" for this guided visit and watching the "The Malta Experience" movie (across the street, they sell the tickets for both) costed 15€ (not a cent reduction).
Still, we enjoyed this visit. The medieval entry hall is nice, and the guide was informative and enthusiast. It's a pity the visit lasts only 30' (well, there isn't that much either). Also, the impressive former hospital ward was divided into parts by curtains because of a business event, taking away much of the experience as it is the vastness of the hall that should awe you.
Do note that if parts of the building are off limits, they will not inform you while still selling you the ticket at The Malta Experience (and don't expect friendliness there either).
Suggestion: at The Malta Experience, walk around the back and you'll find some tables to enjoy your drink with a grand harbour view.
Written February 21, 2016
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Caterina R
Sankt Olof, Sweden17 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
This is a gem for all of us who LOVE history, the crusaders and the knights of Malta! Very interesting place to see how the knights worked in their infirmaries and served the sick and the poor in their homes, also how the knights ended up on Malta and what has become of the Order. Very friendly staff at the reception!
Written October 14, 2015
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