National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

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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. To visit National Museum of Archaeology and get the most from your holiday in Valletta, create itinerary details personal to you using our Valletta itinerary planner .
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  • August 13, 2017
    Little Museum in the Centre of valletta which houses parts of the megaliths of the temples in the South West of the island. Fat women and all headless, are wonderful works and reassuring. Very educational sections, but with helpful guides also acoustic in Italian (escrow € 20.00). Until September is also a precious dagger with scabbard belonged to the Knight of St. John monsieur de la Valette, now in possession of the louvre Museum in Paris, following the Napoleonic depredations. To visit.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Frankly don't pay for it unless you have the Malta heritage pass. You have plenty of explanations at each temples you are going to visit already. The only upside is that you get to see the sculptures ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    There is little to say about the collection, but it is high time that Malta Heritage invests in a new museum collection. The current arrangement dates back to the years ' 90, but does very outdated.
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  • May 9, 2017
    Nice museum with decent exhibits; highlight is the first floor with the relics from the ancient temples on the island. Be careful; there is extensive renovation being done so some of the museum is closed off, but worth the admission price. Check before you go to see if there is a travelling exhibit, which will be featured on the third floor.
  • June 10, 2017
    Was nice. 5 euros per person which was worth it .we liked it. Took us about 45 min to see all of it
  • May 25, 2017
    The collection was okay - informative, but the museum is seriously lacking some TLC.
  • March 29, 2017
    Old style adequate for children. When visiting there was La Vallette's dagger on display, a master piece of craftsmanship.
  • April 14, 2017
    Nice place not very crowded. Exponates are interesting. Not very big.

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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