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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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 The current arrangement dates back to the years ' 90, but does very outdated.
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  • You can buy cheap shopping bag/laundry bag with cheap price as a official souvenir.
  • I really enjoyed visiting this museum as we visited the hypogeum and the tarxien temples in the days before and viewing the items excavated there made the experience complete. Although there is not much known about that period of history the exhibits in the museum do a good job of making this early period of human civilization come alive. However the museum feels a little outdated and could use an update with.
  • Quite a few interesting artefacts here and well worth a visit. I loved the little miniature faces from the period of the temple builders but the absolute highlight is the reclining lsdy miniature. It is stunning. There are also good bronze age and phoenician artefacts.
  • Not my kind of thing. I'd say it's more for kids. I didn't find it interesting as a tourist visiting malta for the first time.
  • The price is very reasonable. There are parts that are interesting and engaging but at times the quality is school project or presentation level. It seems very underfunded. Dr Valette's dagger exhibition was fantastic!

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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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