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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Bir Mula Museum

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Bir Mula Heritage Museum

79, St. Margaret Street, Bormla BML 1370; tel: (+356) 21661000, (+356) 99273276; www.birmula.com

No tickets need to be purchased, yet a small donation would be appropriate and appreciated. Saturday, Sunday 10:00am – 12:00pm, or by appointment

 

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Bir Mula

 
 
 

This is a very old building that's for sure, but by way of actual details very little is known with certainty. Who owned this place in the distant past? What is the history of this house? Its architecture show signs of early medival construction presumably from Arab times , till the 17th Century. Artifacts discovered discovered on site show that the site was inhabited as far as the Neolithic age. Legend has it that the house was occupied by the invading Ottomans during the Great Siege and an important meeting place prior to the election of the Grand Master of the Order, much lobbying would have taken place within this building's precincts and that a plan to overthrow the French unfolded here between 1798 and 1799.

 

Did you say..... G-g-ghosts?

The owners speculate further secrets are waiting to be uncovered in a subterranean level that may exist. The identity of the original owners may have been lost in antiquity (or in ancient notarial records), yet they have not ceased to be a presence as non-menacing paranormal activity in the form of orbs and images on photographs.

 

Visiting the Museum - so what's to see?

The Vellas muse that the property must be at least a thousand years old. They abandoned the intention of using it as a residence in favour of turning it into a museum when excavations yielded many interesting and unique artifacts. Staff – the Vellas themselves – are exceptionally helpful and friendly and show visitors around their museum with great gusto. The basement level contains the remains of a kitchen with a series of brick stoves and large water reservoir whilst a number of adjacent rooms may have been used for storage. The main exhibition is located on ground floor level and consists of items that were discovered in situ, augmented by further donations and other acquisitions that make it the fascinating collection that we have today. In what seems to have been a birth room one may find equipment from the bread-making industry of yesteryear. In the main hall is a baby's cot from the early 20th Century, a pair of headphones retrieved from the wreckage of an enemy aircraft that was downed in the Second World War, broken pottery, soldiers' helmets from the 1950's, a rudimentary mechanical punch clock, electrical items such as switches and testing equipment, and coins and matchboxes. On the first floor is a small conference room and a lovely rooftop garden. Previous owners of the house have left their mark in the form of numerous graffiti doodles etched on the walls, which include depictions of galleys and the cross of the Knights Templar.

History and mystery. The little-known museum of Bir Mula has it all.