Things to do in Malta, Malta: The Best Specialty Museums

November 3, 2021 Nicolette Lion

With more than 7,000 years of history and countless megaliths, medieval dungeons and vibrant towns and villages, Malta is one of the most alluring and diverse spots in the Mediterranean. Find beaches with changing colors and explore hidden coves. Visit ancient temples or head to the trendiest nightclubs. Valletta’s sunny streets, rich heritage and breath-taking architecture have earned it the accolade of European Capital of Culture 2018. Malta embraces its past and moves effortlessly with the times.

1. Zabbar Sanctuary Museum

4 Triq Is-Santwarju, Zabbar, Island of Malta ZBR 1013 Malta +356 2182 4383 http://www.facebook.com/muzew.zabbar/
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5.0 based on 24 reviews

Zabbar Sanctuary Museum

This parish museum in the village of Zabbar was inaugurated on 5th September 1954. It was the dream of Mons. Giuseppe Zarb to build a place where he could conserve items and show the devotion to the Madonna of Graces trough the times. The Museum was renovated in 2003 by parish priest Fr. Anton Cassar. The museum is run by a team of volunteers and is open every day between 9.00am and 12.00pm. Groups are advised to contact us beforehand as we can even organise a guided tour. Discount for groups of over 25 adult persons apply.

2. Bir Mula Heritage Museum

79 Triq Santa Margerita, Cospicua (Bormla), Island of Malta BML 1370 Malta +356 2182 6910 [email protected] http://www.birmula.com
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5.0 based on 17 reviews

Bir Mula Heritage Museum

A private social history museum situated in a mediaeval house. The house is witness to the development of Maltese houses, which from an Arab era farmhouse developed into a 17th century palazzino. The exhibits include various curios from the daily life of past generations and artefacts found on site. The museum holds various indoor, outdoor, cultural and edutainment activities including Ghost Walks of Birgu and/or Bormla.

Reviewed By johannavarley - Kalkara, Malta

Very worthwhile visit to a house which shows how it developed over thousands of years, with a knowledgeable guide in John Vella. Also full of exhibits from many eras. Certainly worth more than one visit and needs to be more widely advertised.

3. Malta Postal Museum

135 Archbishop Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1444 Malta +356 2596 1750 [email protected] http://www.maltapostalmuseum.com
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5.0 based on 238 reviews

Malta Postal Museum

This state of the art building is spread over four floors and is not your typical Postal Museum. It offers a run through of Maltese history from the 15th century. The Museum also boasts of two temporary gallery spaces, a large audio-visual room and merchandising store. The temporary gallery spaces currently offer a collection of photographic prints by Richard Ellis, and what is arguably the finest collection of works by Emvin Cremona, regarded by many as one of the best Maltese artists of the 20th century.

Reviewed By juliasurinova78 - St. Petersburg, Russia

It was an interesting day in the postal museum. It is a paradise for those who collects stamps. There is a huge number of stamps, of different themes and time periods. It is full of photos and screens with movies about historic events in the story of post in Malta. The lady on the reception offered an exciting quest for our kids. They were searching for the secret sing to solve a riddle. It was wonderful. And in the end we made a photo of our family like a stamp. A pleasant souvenir to remember the trip. Thanks a lot to the lady in the museum!

4. Dwejra Marine Environmental Education Centre

Dwejra Bay, San Lawrenz, Island of Gozo SLZ 1360 Malta +353 21 563 556 [email protected] https://www.facebook.com/dwejramarineenvironmentaleducationcentre/
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5.0 based on 31 reviews

Dwejra Marine Environmental Education Centre

Situated a mere few metres from Dwejra’s inland sea, the environmental education centre acts as the perfect accompaniment to a site of such natural complexity and interest. Dwejra has its own centre on location where anyone – divers, tourists, swimmers, children – can learn about what is special about Dwejra’s underwater landscape.

Reviewed By soulsteps

Loved “taking a scuba dive without getting wet” in this small, interesting center! The video was beautifully done and truly did let us visit the incredible undersea world around Dwerja. Learned so much more about Maltese marine life in a very entertaining format for adults and children. There is a great pictoral story of the erosion of the azure window from 1879 until its final disappearance. One of the very best parts of the visit was talking to Annie, the staff member on duty. She shared delightful stories of childhood days at the inland sea with her grandfather, which instilled in her a passion for the natural surroundings, land and sea, on this lovely island. As you walk down to the inland sea – don’t walk by without stopping in!

5. Malta Classic Car Collection Museum

Tourists Street, Qawra, Island of Malta SPB 1020 Malta +356 2157 8885 [email protected] http://www.classiccarsmalta.com
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4.5 based on 1,761 reviews

Malta Classic Car Collection Museum

The Classic Car Collection was the brainchild of obsessive petrol-head Mr. Carol Galea, an avid and self-confessed car enthusiast. He first began customizing and building his own cars for local hill climbing races but his hobby evolved into a full-blown passion for classic cars. This is his personal tribute to the automobile industry – or as he puts it – it’s a ‘living and growing collection that spans more than 50 years of motor manufacturing’ The museum has approximately 100 Vehicles on display ranging from a Jaguars C-Type & E-Type, Alfa Romeos, Fiats, MGs, Mercedes, Chevrolette, Ferrari, Bentley etc. They have all been carefully restored and lovingly preserved. In 2018 the latest very interesting addition was the 'Live Workshop' where one can see real classic cars being restored. There are also a 2 Cinemas and a Motoring Library on site that one can explore.

Reviewed By jpdk - Vejle, Denmark

This Car Museum you will find in Qawra at St. Pauls Bay in Malta. A very nice collection of old cars in perfect condition, more cars inside as you can imagne standing outside the museum. There is rare cars, normal cars old and newer cars, the restoration area is inside the museum giving you a closer look to the work going on with the cars, not only cars here, but lots og juke-boxes, arcade games, pinball machines, model cars and more

6. Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

Villegaignon Street, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1191 Malta +356 2145 4512 [email protected] http://www.palazzofalson.com/
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4.5 based on 547 reviews

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum

An extraordinary collection of art and antiques (including paintings, furniture, silver, armour, jewellery, coins, etc.) displayed in one of the oldest buildings in Malta. The Collection was put together by the Palazzo’s most recent owner and resident, Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher who was an artist, philanthropist and avid collector. Opening times: Tue to Sun 10am-5pm (last visit 4pm). Facilities include audio guide, panoramic view rooftop cafe, gift shop, special needs toilet.

Reviewed By P2155FDsergeb

A very interesting place and an involving excursion! I really liked Palazzo Falson. I had no intention to visit it when I came to Mdina . It was just a see-and-walk-in experience for me but I’m really happy I did it. It’s a cute palazzo and the story and lifestyle of Olof Gollcher, the last owner of the place whom I would call a proto-hipster is quite amazing. The rooftop cafe is a great spot to relax and enjoy oneself.

7. Carmelite Priory Mdina

Villegaignon Street Kunvent tal-Karmnu, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1190 Malta +356 7925 3316 [email protected] http://www.carmelitepriory.org/
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Carmelite Priory Mdina

The Carmelite friars resident at the historical Priory in Mdina invite you to experience both the spiritual and the daily way of life in this spectacular 17th century priory. The Carmelite Priory offers the unique opportunity of visiting various rooms that include a decorative refectory, an authentic kitchen, a typical friars cell, as well as a sober oratory, amongst others to get a taste of the spiritual, artistic, historical and cultural heritage of Carmelites. The impressive church also forms part of the same visit. The visit is always guided by a resident friar or by a "Friend of the Priory" The Carmelite Priory is the first priory in Malta to be open to visitors in an attempt to share with contemporary people the Carmelite heritage handed down to us from one generation to the other. Carmelite friars living here share their lifestyle with visitors who wish to pay a visit in the historical spaces, or to spend days of recollection, organise spiritual and cultural events, or participate in the courses organised by the Carmelite Institute Malta at the Priory in conjunction with the Faculty of Theology at University of Malta and the Pastoral Formation Institute.

Reviewed By shmeva44 - Moscow, Russia

The ceiling of the chapel is awesome. One of the smaller churches I saw on Malta, but it felt just as faithful as all the rest.

8. Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral Museum

2 Triq San Pawl, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1061 Malta +356 2145 4697 [email protected] http://www.metropolitanchapter.com/mdina-cathedral-museum/
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4.5 based on 713 reviews

Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral Museum

The Mdina Cathedral museum is situated opposite the Mdina Cathedral in Archibishop's square. Amongst the collections found in the museum one can find the Silver collection, a complete collection of Albrecht Dürer prints, an extensive collection of Coins found in Malta, paintings by Maltese and period artists, as well as a number of temporary exhibitions.

Reviewed By mattisonw - Germany, null

I am so glad we found this museum. It has a great collection, including two series of Dürer prints from 1505 or so, statues of the Apostles and Christ in silver - stunning - and many other treasures. There is also an amazing 14th century Venetian 'altar stone' ... and so much else. Worth going for the Dürer room alone, but there is much else that is worth dwelling over. They should be publishing a book soon of the museum treasures; website is written on the first page of the museum diagrams. VERY much worth seeing.

9. Parish Church Museum

Victory Square, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta Malta http://www.vittoriosahistorica.org/Leaflets/Vittoriosa-Church-Museum.pdf
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Parish Church Museum

10. Malta Aviation Museum

Ta' Qali Crafts Village, Ta' Qali, Island of Malta 4000 Malta +356 2141 6095 [email protected] https://www.maltaaviationmuseum.com/
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4.5 based on 482 reviews

Malta Aviation Museum

The museum is a living and working museum, which is a prime attraction for all family members of all ages. It exhibits a collection of around 18 aircraft, aircraft engines, airfield equipment, uniforms, model aircraft and much more. Among its prime exhibits are a World War II Hawker Hurricane which was recovered from the seabed in 1995 and completely restored to working condition.

Reviewed By Norfolk1a

A splendid collection of Aircraft and associated artefacts which were present in both an interesting and informative manner . The scale models were beautiful displayed .An additional bonus a number of interesting motorcycles both vintage and modern were on view .The staff were only too happy to chat about the exhibits and the work of the museum.Throughly recommended well worth a visit .

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