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UNCOVER PREHISTORIC MALTA AT THE MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY
The Museum of Archaeology is situated a short walk down Valletta’s Republic street. Once the Auberge de Provence, the structure dates back to 1571 and housed those Knights of the Order of St John originating from Provence. The façade is a stunning example of Baroque architecture, typical of architect Girolamo Cassar’s designs. The Grand Salon, used by the Knights for business and banqueting, features ornately painted walls and wooden ceilings. Under former Minister of Education, Agatha Barbara, the building was converted into a museum in 1958, becoming formally the National Museum for Archaeology in 1974.
Today the museum contains artefacts sourced from prehistoric sites across Malta. The display is split into an Early Neolithic room and a Temple period room which houses artefacts from Mġarr, Ġgantija, Saflieni and Tarxien, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The museum also features visiting exhibitions and even hosted the Terracotta Warriors in 2007. Just a short walk from Valletta’s main bus terminus, which links the whole island, the museum opens from 09:00-17:00, with extended hours during summer. Tickets are reasonable in price and range from €5 for adults and €2.50 for children so why not take a break from shopping to discover some of Malta’s prehistory? Artefacts on display date back to 5200 BC, Malta’s Neolithic period, and include the earliest tools used by the islands prehistoric settlers. Among the most fascinating is the 5,000 year old ‘Sleeping Lady’ figurine, discovered at Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. A short walk from the main Valletta bus terminus, the museum is open Monday to Sunday between 9:00 and 19:00 and the entrance fee is €5.
Photography By Alenka