Grandmaster's Palace

Grandmaster's Palace, Valletta

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Grandmaster's Palace

Grandmaster's Palace
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Please note that the Palace State Rooms will be closed to the general public from the 1st of February 2020 and until further notice. This closure is necessary in view of the extensive restoration project currently underway at the Grand Master’s Palace. Works will not affect accessibility to the Palace ARMOURY, which will remain open daily.
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Fischsticks
Jerusalem District, Israel72 contributions
Dec 2019
The Grandmaster's Palace has a rich history and should have been a highlight of our trip to Malta what which incredible vaulted ceilings, ancient artwork and tapestries, etc etc BUT the place is under renovations! The armory is cool but the displays are dusty and dated, the elevator didn't work to get us to the 2nd floor (my 80 year old mother managed with the stairs, but it exhausted her)., there were no chairs to sit and listen to the audio guide, we would have loved a docent to explain more of what we saw, and overall, the place needs a curator. In some rooms, the lights made a glare so that you cannot see the paintings - I suspect a curator would have seen that and fixed it. The opposite problem was in the main chapel which was so dark that we could barely make out the tapestries. Despite all the negatives, I truly believe that in 2-3 years the Palace will be a real gem to behold.
Written January 4, 2020
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kimharris01
Bristol, UK61 contributions
Jan 2020
Combined this visit with a ticket that covered the museum, the armoury and this place.
The palace looks like its having a bit of a face lift....and not a moment too soon...its interesting but worn. Glad we did it as its nice knowing the history of where you are.. but probably won't feel the need dot visit again.
Written January 18, 2020
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SombreYellowBuffalo
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK33 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
Interesting history and beautiful rooms. You need to have the audio guide if you want to really know what you are looking at; we were not offered one upon entry, but you get one if you ask.
Written February 1, 2014
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Fenugreek12
Bern, Switzerland285 contributions
Aug 2020
While a lot of the other culturally important sites were entirely closed or just closed on mondays and tuesdays due to the Coronavirus-Pandemic of 2020, this site was closed due to refurbishments. I came to Malta to enjoy the culture but Malta clearly does nothing or little to cater for this segment of tourists. I think they should find themselves another minister for arts and culture who really cares about promoting culture and make Malta attractive again for people who don‘t want to stay in a cheap hotel in shabby creek and get drunk all the time. Next time i‘m back to bella Italia again!
Written August 14, 2020
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AdrianCLuton
Luton49 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
For the cost of 10 Euros each, there are four rooms with furniture and wall hangings to view from behind rope barriers. There are three corridors which are only partly accessible to tourists and if you want to visit the armoury they want another 10 Euros - we felt this was the worst tourist "attraction" in Valetta.
Written March 8, 2013
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Colin R
York, England51 contributions
Feb 2014 • Friends
We visited this palace and found that we were only allowed in a small area which was very dark with no information boards. The rooms were roped off at the doorway so we could not see the pictures on the walls. A visit to the Armory was included and there was an audio guide advertised but we were not offered one until we asked. The staff were surly and disinterested.
Written March 4, 2014
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MissSnowSpider
London, UK6 contributions
Jan 2014
The palace is a beautiful place to visit...at least, the parts you're allowed into to see. Fabulous paintings and furnishings. Pretty much nothing about it is explained though. When was it built? Who has it served? What are the beautiful motifs depicting!? Maybe Wikipedia will retool me these things.

The palace armory, however, was spectacularly presented and worth a look at. I learned more about the tradition of armor in 20 minutes than. I ever thought to ask. And it was interesting to see some of the unique weaponry that had come into their care: sword-gun, an original air gun design, mortars, various sized cannons andSwiss and muskets.

At €10 per head for adults though...a biton the expensive side fit not much to say after.
Written January 28, 2014
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Emil F
Bulverde, TX869 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
We had so looked forward to visiting the Grand Master's Armory. We had purchased Malta Passes for both of us at a cost of €100 so that we could easily access the locations we were interested in. When we arrived the woman took our passes and refused us admission and refused to give our passes back!!, I tried to explain to her how the passes worked and the process she should follow. She then began to shout at us and tell us that she had never heard of the passes and that she did not believe us. Meanwhile over twenty people were behind us trying to get in. Her supervisor must have seen the mess and came over and told us it was our problem because the person was new........really?!??!??
Written April 30, 2013
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Lynn-Marie C
Leca da Palmeira, Portugal28 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Waste of time. We were unaware and not advised when purchasing our tickets at the desk that all the corridors were closed. One of the 5 rooms open had absolutely no lighting and it was impossible to see anything. The other rooms were poorly presented and 2 had ladders in them. When we asked what type of art was at the Muza the man at the ticket desk said he had no idea. The armoury is one room with a collection of personal armour, guns and cannons. Nothing outstanding. When we questioned why we hadn't been informed of the corridor closure at the time of ticket purchase the very surly attendant looked at us surprised as if he really had no need to do so and then pointed to a typed sign pinned to a pin board behind him on the wall where amongst many other papers it mentions some works. When we complained that he should have pointed it out we were quickly surrounded by his colleagues who made out as if we were in the wrong. Truly unpleasant experience. Don't waste your money here.
Written December 6, 2019
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Linda B
Daventry, UK58 contributions
Sep 2019
The state rooms were a disappointment. Much is being renovated and not accessible and the rooms remaining were of interest historically but to me, devoid of atmosphere and furniture.

If you are an armour enthusiast you could be there for hours as there is a huge collection and it interesting to see the development through the ages. But it’s a bit much for the average person, I think.

You get an audio guide to point out the main sights, though there are labels as well.

Be prepared as it gets very hot despite the fans and seating is limited as everyone was ready for a sit down when we were there.
Written September 19, 2019
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