National Museum of Archaeology

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National Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 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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WHWhite
Portsmouth, UK53 contributions
World-class museum
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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Karolina Ł
8 contributions
Charmed!
Sep 2021 • Couples
A fascinating look into archeological works around Malta!
There's quite a lot of unique artefacts i haven't seen anywhere else!
Amazing how the museum building itself is like a archeological site, as during renovation it was discovered that there were corridors underneath! There are also breathtaking conservation works of somethink like a ball room.
Definitely worth seeing!
Written September 14, 2021
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Alastair
Leicester, UK13 contributions
Good numismatics collection 🪙
Aug 2021 • Couples
The museum houses the collection of objects from various digs in Malta. It has Neolithic, Roman and Bronze Age archaeology. It was a relatively good collection. I really liked the numismatics collection which spanned from the Roman to the modern period. It was worth a visit.
Written August 10, 2021
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CRISTINA Z
Bucharest, Romania45 contributions
Small but very interesting museum
May 2021
I've seen many nice Archaeology Museums, but this one impress me very much. It has some items which you don't see in other museums of this kind, so if you like history and interesting items you should visit this museum in centre of Valletta
Written June 1, 2021
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Matthias Brandl, LENTINI Torino / Italia
London, UK638 contributions
Amazing collection
Nov 2020 • Family
Very good neolithic section of the Archeology Museum of Malta. Worth studying the displays in detail, to understand that Malta 10,000 years ago was in fact landlocked wo Sicily! Fabulous collection: Sleeping Lady, Temple freezes, Jewellery! Absolutely a Must!!
Written November 21, 2020
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miffythevampirebat
Nottingham, UK142 contributions
Amazing exhibitions
Sep 2020 • Couples
I strongly recommend checking the opening times as the official websites seem to have been updated in some places but not others due to covid restrictions. I also strongly recommend having a euro friendly credit/debit card as the main historical sites are not taking cash payments for tickets or cafes etc.

As for the person saying the place is run down, there are signs up saying they are looking into issues with the plaster and restoring the building.

To my mind the visit was worth it alone to see the venus statuea and also the bonus of the napoleon documents that are on display.
Written October 3, 2020
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eggtimer2016
Cambridge, UK33 contributions
Desperately in need of an overall
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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916sally
Leeds, UK52 contributions
Wonderful museum.
Aug 2020
I chose to visit and see there treasures before visiting most of the sites they came from. Great layout with English signage and engaging figures to gaze at in wonder as they are so o!d.
Written September 2, 2020
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Voss
Tampa, FL193 contributions
Interesting to see
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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Ltraveller567
5 contributions
A hidden gem
Feb 2020
The entire museum is very well curated and has captured the pre-history of Maltese islands in a very informative manner. The ticket price includes an audio guide (you have to leave a refundable deposit but it is worth it). The audio guide commentary is well balanced. We ended up spending a lot of time on the ground floor of the museum seeing artefacts from 6000 years ago. The building itself was built and used by the Knights of St.John originating from Provence.

I would recommend visiting this museum before you go to the Hypogeum & Tarxien temples as they complement each other. Many artefacts here were found at the Tarxien Temples and the Hypogeum, which really puts things into context.

Allow a couple of hours for this visit.
Written March 29, 2020
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