Saturday, May 15, 2010
Museums in Malta #1
Carmelite Church and Priory, Mdina
Located in the heart of the Silent City of Mdina, the Carmelite Priory has opened its doors to the public. The Carmelite friars who reside here invite you to experience both the spiritual and the daily way of life of their predecessors in this spectacular 17th century priory.
Casa Rocca Piccola, Republic Street, Valletta
Situated in the heart of the Capital City Valletta, Casa Rocca Piccola provides unique historical evidence into the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility over the last 400 years. You can also see a collection of furniture, silver and paintings that add to the aesthetic riches of this country.
Cathedral Museum, Mdina
Treasures salvaged from the original earthquake cathedral are now housed in a splendid baroque palace which once served as a Diocesan seminary. The collection of paintings, prints, woodcuts and old master drawings is the legacy of Count Saverio Marchese (1757 - 1833), a wealthy patron of the arts.
Domus Romana (Roman Villa), Museum Esplanade, Rabat
Excavated in 1881, the Domus Romana provides poignant insight into the daily lives of the Roman occupiers in the first quarter of the first century BC. See first grand the well-preserved mosaics thought to be among the oldest examples from the western Mediterranean.
Lascaris War Rooms, Lascaris Ditch, Valletta (Currently closed)
A mere five minutes walk from the very heart of Valletta, this unique attraction is one of just four remaining World War II Military Operations Rooms still open for pubic viewing - another in Gibraltar is still being used and subject to top secrecy.
Limestone Heritage, Mons. Mikiel Azzopardi Street, Siggiewi
The Limestone Heritage is a living exhibition which can be found in the outskirts of the village of Siggiewi, Malta, one of the main quarrying districts in Malta. The owner is a quarryman by trade, and his family has been running and operating quarries for a number of generations. Malta Aviation Museum, Ta` Qali Malta Aviation Museum is located on the ex RAF Ta' Qali Airfield. Exhibits are housed in two 200Ft long Romney Huts and a larger hangar dedicated to the Air Battle of Malta.
Malta At War Museum, Birgu
The Malta at War Museum, in Birgu, is undoubtedly Malta`s best presented testimonial of the great ordeal suffered by the Island during World War II. The site focuses on the daily life of wartime Malta telling the story of how this tiny island managed to withstand one of the fiercest onslaughts in modern history.
Malta Classic Car Museum, Qawra
This museum houses a large collection of various vehicles (both 4 and 3 wheeled varieties) which is being continually enlarged and enhanced through continuous acquisitions. A must-see for any car enthusiast visiting a country where cars are sometimes known to spend 50+ years on the road!
Manoel Theatre and Museum - Valletta
The Manoel Theatre, although small, is Malta`s premier theatre and has a very busy schedule hosting musical and dramatic events throughout the year. The Manoel Theatre Museum is a tribute to three centuries of theatrical history on the Maltese Islands, displaying various items of memorabilia.
Maritime Museum, Birgu
The Maritime Museum of Malta at St. Lawrence Wharf was inaugurated and opened to the public in 1992. Housed in the former Naval Bakery at Vittoriosa (Birgu), the building was designed by the British architect and engineer William Scamp and was erected, between 1842 and 1845, over the site of the old covered slipways of the Knights of St.John.
Mgarr Second World War Shelter, Mgarr, Malta
Never advertised, this is a hard attraction to find. Situated beneath the Il-Barri restaurant, the Mgarr Shelter is one of the largest underground complexes of its kind in Malta, reaching a depth of up to 12 metres and extending to an overall length of over 225 metres through rough-hewn rock. Once there, you're shown a video of some old BBC footage, setting the mood. The site speaks volumes, with its little rooms carved out by miners for a shilling a day.
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