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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. Use our Valletta vacation builder to add National Museum of Archaeology and other attractions to your Valletta vacation plans.
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  • A really good, small museum housing a range of great items from Maltese pre-History, from the Stone Age through to the Phoenicians. I went expecting to be more impressed with the later exhibits, but t...  more »
  • My sons and myself are more than averagely interested in history. So we had high hopes considering the very interesting history of Malta. This museum is however a very old fashioned museum of archaeol...  more »
  • This museum is very easy to find, since the Provence is located in Republic Street, which is the street with more city life, and takes advantage of the space of an old Hostel in gentlemen. If you like archaeology is a must visit and worth paying the price of admission. It is also interesting for people not very close to this topic, because it exposed parts that cannot be seen in any other part of the world and is not heavy because it is not a too big Museum. For anyone who wants to deepen the knowledge of parts, at the entrance there are audio guides that will explain each showcase. The Museum can be divided into three thematic areas. The first would occupy the ground floor and shows what has been found of the mysterious neolithic culture of Malta, parts that are not found in other museums. Highlight the "sleeping Lady" and other figurines that neolithic culture, altars, stone spheres, vessels, necklaces and other avalorios and models of various Neolithic temples in the country. Not to be a collection very extensive is very nice to dwell on the details of the pieces. On the upper floor we find a few remnants of the bronze age in the Maltese Islands, a room dedicated to the mysterious "traces of truck" which is ignored, and a third thematic sector dedicated to the Phoenicians, with interesting pieces of this Mediterranean merchant culture. At the end of the visit, you can buy replicas of exposed figurines and other memorabilia.
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  • 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.
  • Was nice. 5 euros per person which was worth it .we liked it. Took us about 45 min to see all of it
  • The collection was okay - informative, but the museum is seriously lacking some TLC.
  • Old style adequate for children. When visiting there was La Vallette's dagger on display, a master piece of craftsmanship.
  • 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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