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National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

(3.8/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Step back into the country's ancient history at National Museum of Archaeology. On display are artifacts highlighting Malta's Neolithic through Phoenician Periods, ranging from 5,000 BCE to 400 BCE. See some of the earliest tools used by the island's prehistoric inhabitants, which will give you insight into their daily lives. Also, look for the animal and human figurines, Phoenician pottery, and jewelry. This museum is a great place to start for those hoping to explore the temples and tombs of the island. You'll find the authentic versions of many of Malta's most famous artifacts, most notably the "Sleeping Lady" and "Venus of Malta" sculptures. Use our Valletta vacation builder to add National Museum of Archaeology and other attractions to your Valletta vacation plans.
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  • Then of course the museography is quite dated and not always exciting panels for neophytes, but the objects and especially the sculptures are truly outstanding (idols female but not only). Very beautiful also remains from the site of Tarxien. With a little effort, we understand very well the chronology of Neolithic civilization and the interest of the objects. Our teenagers suffered too much anyway! It's still a staple of Valletta. I take this opportunity to recommend to lovers of art and archaeology the multipass family proposed by Heritage Malta (which I had bought from France for 4 people). It pays for itself after 5 visits.
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  • There is quite a lot to see and the Vallette dagger is stunning. A lot of stone samples and it's unbelievable how old some of the artifact's are! There are toilets in there and also a little shop at t...  more »
  • What we can do worse in the genre: a very didactic presentation and a completely obsolete museography. Collections are not exciting, but it is, from the beginning, discouraged interested. A small (tiny) exhibition featuring a famous dagger, emblem of the order of the Knights of Malta, lets take a look at the lavish ballroom of the Provence hostel, under restoration.
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  • Wonderful place to go through Malta's history
  • Big collection of ancient Maltese artifacts. I have learned a lot about Malta history.
  • The museum is nice but i expected more. You can learn pretty nice stuff about ancient Malta. Worth it but it is a quick tour.
  • Really interesting range of world-famous exhibits (including the Maltese Venus). Could do with a bit of renovation internally as looking a little tired.
  • Not very big but interesting and pedagocial. A bit pricy...