National Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Museum exhibits a spectacular range of artefacts dating back to Malta’s Neolithic period (5000 BC) up to the Phoenician Period (400 BC). On display are the earliest tools used by the prehistoric people to facilitate their daily tasks and representations of animal and human figures; elements which not only show the great artistic skills of the first dwellers of the island but also gives us an insight of their daily lives. Highlights include the ‘Sleeping Lady’ (from the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum), the ‘Venus of Malta’ (from Ħaġar Qim), bronze daggers (recovered from the Bronze Age layers at Tarxien Temples), the Horus & Anubis pendant and the anthropomorphic sarcophagus, both belonging to the Phoenician Period.
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  • Debra H
    Loughborough, United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic array if exhibits
    This is a museum with so much to offer. The audio means that you can navigate through the museum and not miss anything. The building housing the museum was built by Gerolamo Cassar to house the Knights of Provence.The oldest exhibits date from around 5200 BC and the youngest around 2500 BC. It houses fascinating exhibits and gives you a glimpse into the ancient way people lived.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Moniaits
    London, United Kingdom1,480 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Neolithic Section
    There are three main sections: Neolithic Period, Bronze Age and Phoenician Period. The Neolithic section is by far the most interesting. It’s best if one visits the various sites first before coming here.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Tony McMahon
    London, United Kingdom352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must-see for fans of ancient history!
    If you're visiting the ancient temples on Malta and Gozo, then you should come here first to learn about the people who built them. Being a history fan, I found this totally fascinating. It's not a theme park or "family friendly" experience but a serious history museum. If you want to understand the megalithic world, then you have to visit. The six thousand year old statuette of a sleeping woman is breathtaking.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Alex Kent
    Chorley, United Kingdom5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than worth the entrance fee
    Surprisingly interesting museum for a small €5 entrance fee. I was particularly impressed by the coin collection, which is not usually my thing. The Phoenician display was interesting too, I thought I knew quite a lot about them but I learned a few new things. Nice collection of pottery also.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 23, 2023
  • contemplative writer
    York, Maine50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    so much history!
    This museum is a rich introduction to the history of Malta, beginning with the Paleolithic period and its giant temples through the Bronze Age and the arrival of the Phoenicians. A Phoenician shipwreck of Xlendi on Gozo gives a unique window into that culture, and the museum also has a treasure trove of Roman coins from nearly every Roman emperor. You begin to see how much of an epicenter of craft, trade, skill and strategy this country has been for millennia.
    Visited December 2022
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Maya
    Norfolk, United Kingdom427 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    'simplistic'
    Given the low entry fee its worth popping in here especially to see the lovely main hall of the Auberge which is what the building was. We were particularly interested in 'Clapham Junction' since we didn't get to visit the actual site and bought a decent book. Its quite simplistically laid out, great for students!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • LittlePoSurrey
    174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum for enthusiasts
    This is a very beautiful museum, probably best suited to those known to be more enthusiastic about ancient civilisations and history rather than casual family groups. Nonetheless it was very cool and pleasant inside with plenty of fans. My daughter (16 and very keen on archaeology) and I spent approx 2 hours here and really enjoyed the self led guide which you can download and play via your headphones.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Rachel5560
    Broompark, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative, well structured and interesting
    Informative and interesting. This museum gives and excellent introduction to the history of Malta and really conveys its place in ancient society. It is very well structured and creates a clear narrative through the museum. It highlights maltas extensive history and contextualises it with other world events. I particularly enjoyed the current exhibition on the underwater finds. I would recommend for those with an interest in ancient history or a curiosity for maltas history
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 7, 2023
  • ABC
    South East England, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    7000 Years of Human History On Malta
    The museum has thousands of items spanning almost 7000 years of human history on Malta. As a collector of coins myself I found their coin collection fascinating, particularly a George V crown from 1932. It was free entry on the Saturday on which we visited, but at other times it costs a very reasonable €5. I certainly recommend it as a must for anyone visiting Malta.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Clive T
    Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Highly recommended before you visit all the other neolithic sites. It puts all the sites into context. Great display of many original artifacts removed from their original sites for safe keeping. The neolithic artifacts are amazing. Surprised at the decoration on many of these 5000 year old objects
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
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Voss
Tampa, FL197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This was the first time I have visited this museum despite many visits to Malta over my years. It was very interesting to see things that have been excavated from archaeological sites I have visited in the past. There is a lot to explore. The best value for your ticket comes when you can do the package deals to also visit other sites if your time allows on your trip to Malta.
Written July 10, 2020
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Jamie J
London53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Although not the most modern museum, it is within a historical building which is part of the charm and character of Malta. If you are interested in history, I would recommend this museum first and then read about the temples and the hypogeum, and plan from there (we discovered this on our second to last day). The museum itself is jam packed with artifacts throughout Malta's long history. Would also recommend downloading the audio guide app at the start. If you did a quick walk through it would take about an hour, if you're really reading all the info and listening to the audio guide then around 3hrs. Good price for entry too
Written November 4, 2021
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eggtimer2016
Cambridge, UK48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
It is good to finally find some of the missing pieces not at various sites. However having to use a credit/debit card was a bind. Also contact tracing means you publically revealing your passport number and contact number. You may feel like me hesitant about these things. I finally gave in on my last two days. There is a painted room of Palatial standard in a dire stae with paint and plaster falling badly and closed. THe electrics in teh room has previously been installed and looks an eyesore. It is a desparate situation.
Written September 28, 2020
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Stacy H
London, United Kingdom30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our first museum visit in Malta. Well-presented information, if a little tired-looking. The Neolthic section, particularly the corpulent figures, was really fascinating. There was not a lot of info about why the Temple building culture suddenly disappeared - would like more on that.
There are lots of signs in both English and Maltese, but still highly recommend the audio guide. Decent bathrooms.
Written February 16, 2020
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Ronald R
Stromness, UK269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This museum covers the early history on Malta mainly the mega impressive Neolithic temple builders. Here is the home of the amazing artifacts excavated in the temples and taken here to exhibit and preserve them. They are some of the earliest human-like figures found, gods or human form, just use your own imagination. The museum goes up to the Phoenician Period, and maybe takes around and hour or just over to look around. We did this before we visited the temples and thought it gave us a better understanding of the temples stories. The highlight for us was the Sleeping Lady, smaller than we had imagined and all the more impressive for it, fantastic craftspeople from the past.

It was only five euros to enter, but we purchased our Malta Discount cards here, which gives half price entry into Most Heritage Malta sites and discount on some other Attractions, Tours and Restaurants, for 37 euros each card does 2 adults & 3 children. so for us 3 adults it cost 74 euros as we had to buy 2 cards. We found it did save quite a lot of money as we did see a lot of HM sites. Check out the website. We almost bought the Heritage Malta cards, but with some of the more expensive site shut it didn't look like such a good buy. They are 50 euros each person, and allow free entry to all there sites, apart from the hypogeum. So it would have been 150 euros, but with no access to the Grand Masters Palace, The Armoury or the Maritime museum. We decided on the Discount card, which seem for us in November the better option and worked out well for us.
Written November 24, 2023
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Rachel5560
Broompark, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Informative and interesting. This museum gives and excellent introduction to the history of Malta and really conveys its place in ancient society. It is very well structured and creates a clear narrative through the museum. It highlights maltas extensive history and contextualises it with other world events. I particularly enjoyed the current exhibition on the underwater finds. I would recommend for those with an interest in ancient history or a curiosity for maltas history
Written August 7, 2023
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ABC
South East England, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The museum has thousands of items spanning almost 7000 years of human history on Malta. As a collector of coins myself I found their coin collection fascinating, particularly a George V crown from 1932. It was free entry on the Saturday on which we visited, but at other times it costs a very reasonable €5. I certainly recommend it as a must for anyone visiting Malta.
Written October 1, 2023
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Paul G
New York City, NY21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This museum really is a must if you are interested in the past. It is very informative with helpful posted descriptions. There are also a few excellent video screens. The highlights, of course, are the amazing sculptures and artifacts that have been found on the Island.
I would strongly recommend going with sufficient time to proceed through the museum at your own pace. I could easily have spent a few hours there.
You will enjoy it.
Written November 2, 2023
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LittlePoSurrey
Surrey174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This is a very beautiful museum, probably best suited to those known to be more enthusiastic about ancient civilisations and history rather than casual family groups. Nonetheless it was very cool and pleasant inside with plenty of fans. My daughter (16 and very keen on archaeology) and I spent approx 2 hours here and really enjoyed the self led guide which you can download and play via your headphones.
Written August 6, 2023
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WHWhite
Portsmouth, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Malta may be a small country but it punches well above its weight when it comes to prehistoric archaeology. Its megalithic temples and burial sites are a must-see as they match Stonehenge for their international importance. But before to take your trip to see these amazing megalithic sites come to this museum so that you will know what you are looking at. The prehistoric galleries here are excellent and contain some key finds from the most important sites. If you come before November 2021 you will have the added bonus of seeing a temporary exhibition which shows you some of the things modern science can learn from prehistoric bones.
Written September 25, 2021
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