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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Archaeology Museum

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The National Museum of Archaeology

Auberge de Provence, Republic Street,Valletta VLT 1112; Tel: +356 21 564 188; www.heritagemalta.org

 

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Open Monday to Sunday: 9:00-19:00; Last admission: 18:15; closed on Good Friday, 24th, 25th and 31st December, 1st January

Regular ticket (18 - 59 years):€5; subsidised ticket: 12-17 years, Senior Citizens (60+), Students 3.50; children (6 -11 years): €2.50; Children younger than 5 years of age may visit at no charge.

 

The building that houses the National Museum of Archaeology is the former Auberge de Provance in Republic Street. This building was designed by Girolamo Cassar and was completed by 1574. The permanent collection is on display on the ground floor; temporary exhibitions are located at first floor level.

This museum comprises a relatively small yet important collection of artefacts from Malta's prehistoric past, from the early Għar Dalam phase (ca. 5200BC) until the Tarxien phase (2500 BC).

Amongst the early neolithic period artefacts isa collection of figurines, tools and implements dug up at the Skorba village site in the vicinity of Żebbiegħ. Particularly noteworthy is a reconstruction of a rock-cut tomb from this early period.

A sizeable collection of megaliths from the Tarxien Phase is on display in the main hall, intricately decorated with spiral motifs. A set of spherical rocks provides an insight on the techniques that the ancient temple builders may have utilised to transport these huge megaliths. In the adjacent rooms are examples of stone carvings displaying human and animal figures. One cannot overlook the remains of an enormous sculpture of the “fat lady” from the Tarxien Temples. Other highlights include the “Sleeping Lady” from the Hypogeum, headless female statuettes and the anatomically correct figure of Venus from Ħaġar Qim.

An appreciable collection of jewellery is also on display, giving us a rare glimpse of everyday life in prehistoric Malta.