There’s no better way to learn about Malta’s rich history than visiting one or more of its beautiful museums. Especially during the colder (and wetter) winter months, a trip to the museum in Malta is always a good idea. You’ll discover all you need to know about the island’s past and customs while feasting upon some of the most marvellous works of art, including some by the famous artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio!
If you’re looking for things to do during your upcoming trip this winter, we’ve put together some of the top museums in Malta we suggest you visit during your upcoming trip, with most of them being located in must-see spots in Malta. Whether you’re interested in art, history, archaeology, or a little bit of all, you’ll find something that will spark your interest.
- St John’s Co-Cathedral
St John’s Co-Cathedral is a must during your trip to Malta, making it one of the island’s most important landmarks, especially for all art and culture enthusiasts. Situated in the heart of Valletta, Malta’s capital city, and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, this Roman Catholic co-cathedral was built by the Order of St. John in the 1500s, with its interior considered one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in all of Europe.
The cathedral consists of nine marvellous chapels, eight dedicated to the patron saints of the Order’s eight languages and one dedicated to Our Lady of Philermos.
Among the notable works of art housed in this church is a painting portraying the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by the world-renowned Caravaggio. A perfect example of his famous chiaroscuro style, this painting is considered one of the artist’s finest masterpieces. You’ll find this painting in the Oratory, together with another painting by the same artist, Saint Jerome Writing.
- National Museum of Archeology
Malta’s history goes way back, and if you’re looking to get an in-depth insight into the Maltese Islands’ prehistory, you cannot miss the National Museum of Archeology. Considered one of the best museums in Malta, you’ll find artefacts dating back to the Neolithic period (5900 – 2500 BC) until the early Phoenician period (8th – 6th Century BC).
You’ll find plenty of artefacts such as tools, funerary urns and amphorae that show what life was like in Malta during these prehistoric periods. These will magically transport you back in time. The museum is located in Auberge de Provençe in Valletta, a Baroque-style building dating back to the Knights of Order of St John in Malta—with the building being an architectural treat that is worth the visit in itself.
- National War Museum
Malta’s strategic geographical position means that it has always been pivotal in wars fought across the centuries. If you’re looking for a place to learn more about the islands’ military history, then the National War Museum is the one for you. Housed in Fort St. Elmo in Valletta, this museum is one of the most famous on the island, containing exhibits that date back to the Bronze Age to more modern history.
The most notable highlights include the military armour used by the Order of St John and the Ottoman Turks, the fuselage of a Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520, and Roosevelt’s Jeep ‘Husky’. You’ll also find the George Cross, awarded to Malta by King George VI in recognition of their heroism and devotion during the war—which bears so much significance that it’s now permanently displayed on the Maltese Islands’ flag.
- Malta Maritime Museum
Housing more than 20,000 artefacts, the Malta Maritime Museum offers a unique insight into the islands’ maritime history and past. Visitors of this museum can witness the largest known Roman anchor in the world, the islands’ earliest known ex-voto, and the largest ship model used by the Order of St John’s largest ship model. You’ll also find the Napoleonic figurehead of the 110-gun ship HMS Hibernia, together with a collection of more than 60 traditional boats. You’ll find the museum in Birgu, making it an excellent pitstop while enjoying the views during a stroll on the southern town’s spectacular waterfront.
- MUŻA – National Museum of Art
“MUŻA” is the Maltese word for “inspiration”, and if there’s one word that will describe how you’ll
feel after visiting this museum—it’s this one! Situated in Valletta, MUŻA brings together some of the islands’ finest art under one roof. Housed in the Auberge d’Italie, this museum hosts a collection of paintings, including some by Caravaggists such as Mattias Stomer and Guido Reni, as well as by the Italian Baroque artist Mattia Preti.
You’ll also find a collection of sculptures and statues, valuable local silverware, and fine furniture objects. The museum also organises several exhibitions and events, so keep an eye out for any being hosted during your stay in Malta.
Chill in one of our rooms after your museum trip
After exploring one or more museums in Malta makes for a fun day out, resting in a comfortable room is vital! After all, you’ll want to recharge your batteries before heading out for another day or night of adventure.
At 1926 Hotel & Spa, we host our guests in luxurious, modern, and sustainable rooms, making it the ideal spot to base yourself in Malta.
We’re well-connected with all the island’s main sightseeing spots, and you’ll be able to reach the museums mentioned above easily and many other landmarks to make the most out of your stay.
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