Events Archive – 2016

9 – 13 November 

Event – Malta Book Festival 2016

mbf-2016-programme-eng-1Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta

Heritage Malta will be participating in the Malta Book Festival organised by the National Book Council.

Heritage Malta is very active in the field of publishing as part of its education and outreach endeavours. The range of works produced includes exhibition catalogues, collected papers, conference proceedings, workbooks, project books, reading books and monographs. In August 2015, Heritage Malta also launched a bi-annual journal.

Visit our stand! 
Click here for more information.

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16 November

Event – Exploring the ‘Castrum Maris’, Fort St Angelo during the Middle Ages

fsa-2-2-cropFort St Angelo, Birgu

Although Fort St Angelo is closely associated with the Order of St John, in reality the site boasts a more extensive heritage. A series of lectures will be held to explore the Fort’s medieval past, then known as the Castrum Maris.

A general overview of the stronghold’s medieval history and configuration (by the site Curator Mr Matthew Balzan), will be followed by “The capellania of the Castrum Maris”, targeting the significance of the troglodyte chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin (by Prof. Stanley Fiorini). The last lecture will explore medieval swords and sword fighting (by the Malta Historical Fencing Association).

visit to medieval archaeological remains on site and a small reception will wrap the event.

Time and Palace: 18:30hrs at the Admiral’s Hall, Fort St Angelo

This event is fully booked!

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2 November

Open Day – Heritage Malta Conservation Labs

bighi-conservationBighi, Kalkara

Heritage Malta will be opening the doors of its Conservation Laboratories in Bighi, Kalkara, to the general public on Wednesday 2nd November.

During this occasion, Heritage Malta will also be launching an updated version of its membership scheme.

Heritage Malta’s Conservation Division at Bighi provides conservation-restoration, preventive conservation, and scientific diagnostic services to all museums and sites managed by the national agency.

Conservation of artefacts of all materials is undertaken. These include paintings, metals, ceramics, stone, textiles, paper, books and wood.

Guided tours of the Conservation Division, and information regarding the Diagnostic Science Labs, will be held throughout the day.

Doors open at 9.30am, last admission at 2.00pm.

Admission is FREE.

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2 November

Event – Tiżjin, Ornamenti u l-Moda f’Malta … 5000 sena ilu!

Ġgantija Temples, Xagħralocal_03_temp-1368097389-518b826d-620x348

Were you aware that 5000 years ago, during the Neolithic Period, the inhabitants of the islands of Malta and Gozo manufactured jewellery and other ornaments of great beauty?

Back then, they didn’t have access to gold, silver or other precious materials however, this didn’t deter them from producing ornaments. These were usually made from other materials commonly found in nature, including shells, bones and stones. Apart from making their wearer look better, such jewellery might have had other mysterious roles!

Discover these ornaments and let them inspire your own creation!

Time and place: Ġgantija Temples (Xagħra, Gozo) at 09.30hrs (until noon).

Price: €5.00 (for tickets kindly call on 2155 3194).

This event caters specifically for children between 6 and 10 years.

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4 November

Event L-Għid tal-Erwieħ

death-symbols-on-the-placards-accompanying-the-tubruInquisitor’s Palace

Heritage Malta will be highlighting popular traditions and beliefs in souls and the afterlife, through l-Għid tal-Erwieħ.

This event will include a traditional supper at the Inquisitor’s Palace and the possibility of  a sleep-over in its seventeenth-century prison cells. Theatrical representations of the newwieħa (hired-mourners) will be setting the scene for the traditional meal based on the ħanżira tal-erwieħ. Hired mourners will set the mood during the event.

A literary work written by Immanuel Mifsud will help participants reflect and  set the scene before calling it a night in one of the 17th century palace’s prison cells. Those wishing to sleep over need to provide their own sleeping bags and torches.

L-Għid tal-Erwieħ will be held in Maltese and is suggested for a mature audience.

TICKETS, at the price of €30 (€28 for HM members), are available from Heritage Malta’s museums and sites, and ONLINE.

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Exhibition  Bodyless – Retelling African Migration Stories 

1 – 16 October

imageMalta Maritime Museum, Birgu

A visual arts exhibition hosted by the Malta Maritime Museum. 

Works by Teresa SciberrasMaxine AttardAaron Bezzina and Matthew Attard.

The exhibition also includes a Virtual Reality game developed specifically for this project by Sandro Spina in collaboration with the exhibition’s coordinator, Glen Calleja.

Further details can be found on the exhibition’s Facebook event page.

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Event  In-nutara Medjevali x’kultura kellhom? 

It-Tnejn 24 t’Ottubru, fis-19:00hrs

_poster-3Il-Palazz tal-Inkwiżitur, il-Birgu

Taħdita bil-Malti mill-Professur Stanley Fiorini, mis-sensielata’ taħditiet imtellgħa mill-Kunsill tar-Riżorsi tal-Arkivju Nutarili sabiex ifakkru għeluq il-ħamsin sena mis-sejba tal-Kantilena.

Qabel il-miġja tal-Kavallieri f’Malta, in-nutara kif kienu jinkwadraw fis-soċjetà Maltija? Bħala grupp x’kien jorbothom flimkien? Xi sfidi kellhom iħabbtu wiċċhom magħhom? Kif kienu jitħarrġu biex isiru nutara? Kif kienu jaqilgħu ħobżhom u x’obbligi kellhom lejn is-soċjetà li kienu jgħixu fiha?

Dawn huma xi wħud mill-mistoqsijiet li t-taħdita tipprova twieġeb.

Dħul b’xejn.

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20 October

Event Ice Cream in 17th and 18th Century Malta

Image: By Daniel Cilia with the courtesy of the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana

Image: By Daniel Cilia with the courtesy of the Archbishop’s Curia, Floriana

Inquisitor’s Palace

Between 1664 and 1759, the kitchen within the Inquisitors’ Palace was equipped with all the necessary equipment that facilitated the storage of ice and frozen ice-cream. By 1798, the Inquisitor owned several ice-cream containers.

During this event, Dr Noel Buttigieg will present the subject whilst sharing a number of Maltese recipes from the 1740’s. Chef Josef Baldacchino will be conducting a historic cook-along session utilizing two ice-cream recipes.

Time: 19.30hrs

TICKETS at €12, and €10 for HM Members, are available from all HM museums and sites, & online.

Tickets for this event are limited. For further details please call us on 2166 3731.

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22 October

Heritage TrailFort St Elmo & its relationship with the Grand Harbour

crop-3Fort St Elmo

An opportunity to visit Fort St Elmo together with the site’s curator. The tour will focus on the history of the fort in relation to its strategic location, specially as the guardian of the two main harbours in Malta.

Complementing the tour will be a visit to the exhibition ‘Valletta 1566 – Melita Renascens’.

Participants will also have the opportunity to view the Middle Sea Race from the fort’s majestic bastions. Coffee break included.

Meeting place and time: Fort St Elmo main entrance at 09.00am

TICKETS: Fully booked.

Tickets for this event are limited. For further information please call us on 23954242, 23954200.

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7, 8 and 9 October

Reduced AdmissionAdmission at €2 during Birgufest

dsc_3465Inquisitor’s Palace / Malta Maritime Museum / Fort St Angelo (Birgu)

During Birgufest, the Inquisitor’s Palace, the Malta Maritime Museum, and Fort St Angelo will open at the combined admission fee of just €2. Children under 12 years enter for free.

Malta Maritime Museum and Inquisitor’s Palace opening hours:

– Friday: 09.00 till midnight (last admission at 23.30hrs)
– Saturday: 09.00 till midnight (last admission at 23.30hrs)
– Sunday: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs)

Fort St Angelo will be open on Saturday between 18.00hrs and midnight (last admission at 23.30hrs).

Purchased tickets provide a one-time admission and are only valid during the Birgufest weekend.

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30 September 

EventHarbour Cruise & Tour of Fort St Angelo

_MG_2115Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Departure from Birgu Waterfront (opposite Fort St Angelo) at 18.00hrs.

The harbour cruise will be followed by a tour of Fort St Angelo. A Heritage Malta curator will be guiding the group on site, focusing on the Grand Harbour’s fortifications during the Order of St John and British periods. Light refreshments will follow.

Tour will end at approximately 21.00hrs.

Tickets: Adults €18; Seniors/Students/Children/HM Members €15. Tickets, to be bought prior to the event, are limited.

For further information please call on 23954242 (office hours) or send an email to mario.casha@gov.mt

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30 September

EventLate Night Opening at the National Museum of Archaeology

science-in-the-cityNational Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

During Science in the City, the National Museum of Archaeology will be open for free between 19.00 and 23.00hrs.

A number of activities will be held, within the museum, as follows:

At 19.00hrs and at 20.00hrs – Bringing paintings back to life. Heritage Malta’s paintings conservators will demonstrate how the reconstruction of missing images from paintings is done. This is a session for children.

At 21.00hrs and at 22.00hrs – A session by Heritage Malta Conservators providing a glimpse into the restoration process of archaeological artefacts. An artefact will be available for closer inspection.

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1 October

Free admission Notte Bianca

notte-biancaValletta & Birgu

Heritage Malta’s Valletta and Birgu museums will be open till late for Notte Bianca.

  • – National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta) *
  • – National Museum of Archaeology (Valletta)
  • – Palace Armoury (Valletta)
  • – Palace State Rooms (Valletta)
  • – Malta Maritime Museum (Birgu)
  • – Inquisitor’s Palace (Birgu)

Evening opening times: 19:30hrs – Midnight (last admission at 23.00hrs). Admission FREE of charge.

This event will also serve as a last opportunity to visit the fine arts museum prior to its permanent move to Auberge d’Italie.

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On Sunday 2nd October, Fort St Angelo will open between 10.00 and 14.00hrs (last admission at 13.30hrs). Admission FREE of charge.

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1 October

Event New Moon

Ghar Dalam inner cave 2 cropGħar Dalam, Birżebbuġa

A moonless sky, the ideal time to observe two groups of nocturnal creatures, bats and moths.

The event will commence with a lecture on the subject and a demonstration on the use of a bat detector, used to locate and identify bats.

Participants will also learn about nocturnal insects and the use of moth traps. Moth traps consists of an ultraviolet lamp placed in front of a white background. Moths are attracted to the ultraviolet rays and end up in the trap where they can be studied before being released.

The event will end with a visit of the cave and light refreshments.

Time: from 19.00 until 21.00hrs

Tickets: €12 for Adults; €10 for HM Members, Seniors, Students and children under 12 years of age. Available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

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27 September

Free Admission – World Tourism Day

MultiSitePass_advert_ver06-2016 cropOn the occasion of World Tourism Day, Heritage Malta will open the following museums and site for FREE:

– National Museum of Archaeology (Valletta)

– Ghar Dalam (Birzebbuga)

– Inquisitor’s Palace (Birgu)

– Domvs Romana (Rabat, Malta)

– Gozo Museum of Archaeology (The Citadel, Gozo)

– Gran Castello Historic House (The Citadel, Gozo) 

– Gozo Nature Museum (The Citadel, Gozo)

– Old Prison (The Citadel, Gozo)

For information on HM’s museums and sites, and their respective opening hours, please visit our website.

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22 & 23 September 

Event Autumn Equinox at Mnajdra Temples

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park

Experience the Autumn Equinox sunrise at Mnajdra Temples.

After the equinox there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

TICKETS, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, are available from all HM sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Limited places available.

For further information contact 21424231.

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2 September

Heritage TrailHistorical Senglea             

SengleaCommencing our walk along the Senglea marina, we will then head towards the Gardiola, past the Palaces of the Captains of the Galleys and St Philip’s Church. The trail will then venture off into a number of secondary roads. Here, a Heritage Malta guide will narrate historical facts about the people who inhabited these streets during the Knights and British Periods. The trail will end just outside the Senglea Basilica, a monument dedicated to the Great Siege of 1565.

Meeting time & place: next to the Macina, Senglea, at 18.00hrs (until approximately 20.30hrs)

For further information please call us on 2295 4242 (office hours).

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8 September

OPEN DAYFort St Angelo (Including Upper Fort St Angelo)

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

On the occasion of Victory Day, Heritage Malta will open Fort St Angelo from 09:00 till 18:30hrs (last admission at 18:00hrs).

A Victory Day memorial ceremony will be held at 10:30hrs.

Guided tours at 11:00hrs (in Maltese & English) and at 15:00hrs (in Maltese & English).*

Mass will be celebrated at 09:30hrs (Chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin) and at noon (Chapel of St Anne).

Throughout the day, two re-enactment groups (Compagnia San Michele and Show of Arms) and a historical fencing group (Malta Historical Fencing Association) will entertain visitors on site. This event will also serve as an opportunity to view the National Regatta from the fort’s bastions.

Admission price of just €2 per person.

*First-come first-served basis. Capacity of each tour is 80.

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12th August

Event – Harbour Cruise & Tour of Fort St Angelo

_MG_2115Departure from Birgu Waterfront (opposite Fort St Angelo) at 19.00hrs.

The harbour cruise will be followed by a tour of Fort St Angelo. A Heritage Malta curator will be guiding the group on site, focusing on the Grand Harbour’s fortifications during the Order of St John and British periods. Light refreshments will follow.

Tickets: Adults €18; Seniors/Students/Children/HM Members €15. Tickets, to be bought prior to the event, are limited.

Tour will end at approximately 21.45hrs.

For further information please call on 23954242 (office hours) or send an email to mario.casha@gov.mt

Booking from all HM sites & museums, and ONLINE.

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5th August 

Members’ Event – Tour of Ta’ Bistra Catacombs

Ta' Bistra bannerTa’ Bistra, Mosta

HM members are invited to join us for another exclusive tour … this time we will be visiting the recently inaugurated site of Ta’ Bistra Catacombs in Mosta.

Located approximately half way between the ancient town of Melite and the important harbour of Salina, the complex of catacombs known as Ta’ Bistra isconsidered amongst the most important set of Paleochristian burial complexes outside the area of Rabat. The site was archaeologically investigated for the first time by Capt. C. Zammit in 1933 as part of the documentation process of four sets of burials that were meant to be destroyed by a new road leading to Burmarrad.

Meeting time: 19.00hrs

To book, and for further information, please call on 23954242 / 23954200 (office hours) or send an email to mario.casha@gov.mt

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10 June – 17 July

Exhibition Siege Maps, Keeping Memory Safe

Siege Maps poster_GozoIl-Hagar Museum, Gozo

As part of the Victoria International Arts Festival, Heritage Malta organised a repeat of the exhibition ‘Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe’.

Exhibition hosted by Il-Hagar Museum in Victoria, Gozo.

On display four maps of the Great Siege of 1565 by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, a thriving publisher and dealer of maps, prints and books. Distributed far and wide, these news maps were once the most effective means of reporting the latest developments of the Siege. Today, now part of our cultural heritage, they hold the collective memory of a lost cultural landscape, a historic past and a turning point of an event that shaped the history of the Maltese Islands.

Opening times: 09.00 – 17.00hrs

Admission to view the exhibition is free of charge.

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15 July 

Event Sunset Heritage Trail

Mnajdra 1 editedHagar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Heritage Malta will be organising a Heritage Trail within the magnificent Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park in Qrendi.

The trail will include a visit of the two main archaeological sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, as well as informative visits to the Misqa Tanks, the Congreve Memorial and the nearby Ħamrija Tower. Curators and experts within the field will be available on site to discuss the archaeological remains and highlight the natural features surrounding the temples.

At the end of the tour refreshments will be served at the Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Visitors Centre.

Tickets: Adults €20 / Children €15. HM members: €15. Tickets are limited and can be bought from any Heritage Malta museum/site, and ONLINE, prior to the event.

Participants are to meet with a Heritage Malta representative at the Ħaġar Qim car parking area at 19:00hrs.

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9 July

Event – ‘Swar u Ħajja

Swar u Hajja - Citadel event - 09.07.2016Cittadella, Gozo

Heritage Malta, in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, will be opening its Cittadella museums and sites for free during the event ‘Swar u Ħajja’, part of the Cittadella Inaugural Season of events.

Museums and sites to open for FREE: 

  • Gozo Museum of Archaeology
  • Old Prison
  • Gozo Nature Museum
  • – the newly refurbished Gran Castello Historic House (formerly known as the Folklore Museum) HM museums and sites will be open between 19.30hrs and mid-night (last admission 23.30hrs).
  • The Gran Castello Historic House will also be hosting artisans who will showcase their trade, such as cotton weaving, lace making, spinning, and others.

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8 July

Members’ EventGuided Tour – Kordin Temple

Kordin III Temple - lower resKordin Temple, Rahal Gdid (Paola)

Earlier this year, the prehistoric site of Kordin joined the other megalithic temples managed by Heritage Malta following a mutual agreement with Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna that relinquished this important site in favour of Heritage Malta.

The site, also known as Kordin III, is found at Corradino Heights where there originally stood three temple complexes. Kordin III is the only one that has survived. Consisting of two temples, the larger one has a standard 3-apse plan, typical of Ġgantija phase design. The stone paving within the temple is unique to Kordin III as this has not been found in any other temple site in the Maltese Islands.

Meeting place: next to the St. Anthony of Padua Church, Ghajn Dwieli, Rahal Gdid (Paola), at 18.45hrs.

This is an exclusive HM Members event. For bookings please call on 23954242 / 23954200 (office hours) or send an email to mario.casha@gov.mt

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29 May – 26 June

Exhibition Stejjer Imfewħa

13198583_10153362585411486_7209340227070542901_oInquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Hosted by the Inquisitor’s Palace, Stejjer Imfewħa is a multi-disciplinary exhibition which dwells into different forms of expression such as installation art, written and sound art, photography, performance and drawing to highlights human experiences and stories around the use of herbs, spices and flowers found in intercultural heritage. This exhibition presents the results of a collective assemble of research and information, presented in a creative way.

Artists: Amy Borg – Glen Calleja – Guido Lanfranco – Sarah Mamo – Kasia Zmokla

Curated by Sabrina Calleja Jackson

Admission to the exhibition included in the Inquisitor’s Palace admission ticket.

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

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26 June

Reduced Admission Tarxien Temples

TT cropTarxien Temples, Hal Tarxien

On the occasion of ‘Jum Tarxien’, the Tarxien Temples will be open to the public at the reduced ticket price of 2 Euros per person.

Benefit from this offer and visit one of the largest and most complex prehistoric sites on the Maltese islands!

Opening hours: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Download the Tarxien Temples App … includes an audio guide, 3D models of the site and more! … available from Google Play and iTunes.

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22 June

Event  ‘Iz-Zjarat tan-Nisa’

FSA posterFort St Angelo, Birgu

A collaboration between L-Akkademja tal-Malti, the University of Malta, and Heritage Malta.

Speakers: Prof. Keith Sciberras, Dr William Zammit, Dr Noel Buttigieg, and Dr Olvin Vella.

Time: 18.30hrs

Jekk tħobb tisma’ l-ġdid fuq Agius de Soldanis, jew is-soċjetà x’kienet tistenna min-nisa fis-seklu 18, jew jekk int wieħed mill-ħafna li jogħġbok ix-xogħol ta’ Favray, nistednuk tiġi tisma’ lil erba’ riċerkaturi minn oqsma differenti li, imnebbħa bil-kuntatt b’saħħtu bejn Agius de Soldanis u Favray, se jiddiskutu x-xogħlijiet sbieħ tagħhom.

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20, 21 June

EventSummer Solstice at Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples

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Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

Experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Hagar Qim Temples. After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

Tickets, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and online.

Limited places available.

For further information contact 21 424 231.

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19 June

Event ‘Going Batty’ at the NMNH

Bat imageNational Museum of Natural History, Mdina

In collaboration with Heritage Malta, FALCO (BirdLife Malta youth section) will be organising an informative evening consisting of a lecture on Maltese bats followed by the opportunity to use bat detectors!

Venue: Inner courtyard of the National Museum of Natural History

Time: 19.30hrs

To book a place please send an email to falko@birdlifemalta.org 

Bookings on a first come, first serve basis.

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5 June

Reduced AdmissionQrendi Festa Agrarja Tal-Patata

Hagar QimHagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

On the occasion of the ‘Qrendi Festa Agrarja tal-Patata’, Heritage Malta will be opening Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park against a donation of 2 Euros per person.

This year the festival will be held at the Maqluba square. There will be a trackless train running frequently from Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park to the festival and back.

Opening times: 09.00 till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

On the day, Heritage Malta Membership will be available at a 10% discount from Hagar Qim.

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5 June

Reduced AdmissionWorld Environment Day

National Museum of Natural History 2National Museum of Natural History, Mdina / St Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat /  Domvs Romana, Rabat

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Heritage Malta will be opening the National Museum of Natural History, St Paul’s Catacombs and the Domvs Romana at the combined ticket price of just €6 for adults, seniors and students.

Children 12 years & under will benefit from free admission.

On the day, Heritage Malta Membership will be available at a 10% discount from any of these 3 sites.

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29 May 

Heritage TrailWirt iz-Zejtun Heritage Trail

Wirt iz-Zejtun - lower resVisiting the quaint village of Zejtun, the cultural tour will focus on two particular areas of this village; the Hal-Bizbud and Hal-San Gwann areas.

Time: 09.00hrs (until circa 12.30hrs).

Tour will be held in English.

Meeting place: Valletta, in front of the Phoenicia Hotel.

Tickets: a participation fee of €10 per person. HM members 8 Euros. Part of the ticket sales will be donated to the NGO ‘Wirt Iz-Zejtun’, to aid their invaluable work within the local community.

Tickets are available from all museums & sites, and ONLINE.

Transport and refreshments included.

For further information call us on 23954242 / 23954200 / 79734490.

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28 May

Heritage TrailGozo – Culture and Traditions

DSCF8260-1In collaboration with ‘Fundazzjoni Wirt Ghawdex’, tour will include a visit to the newly restored Latini boat (on the quay overlooking the Mgarr harbour), the Santa Cecilia Chapel (recently restored by the foundation), a visit to the Citadel and the newly excavated archaeological finds, the silos, the gunpowder rooms and fortifications. Finally, visits to Ta’ Kola Windmill, local artisan workshops and the Ggantija Temples (guided tour).

Time: 09.00hrs at Mgarr Harbour, until 17.00hrs.

Participants are to make their own way to Mgarr, Gozo.

Tickets: €15 for adults, seniors, students; €13 for HM members and children under 12 years of age. Tickets available from all HM museums & sites, and ONLINE.

Ticket includes transport in Gozo and all admission tickets.

For further information call us on 23954242 / 23954200 / 79734490.

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29 January – 22nd May

Exhibition Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe

POSTERexhibition MAPS 2016 e okNational Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

On display four maps of the Great Siege of 1565 by Giovanni Francesco Camocio, a thriving publisher and dealer of maps, prints and books.

Distributed far and wide, these news maps were once the most effective means of reporting the latest developments of the Siege. Today, now part of our cultural heritage, they hold the collective memory of a lost cultural landscape, a historic past and a turning point of an event that shaped the history of the Maltese Islands.

Opening times: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Admission FREE of charge.

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22 May 

Members’ Event Verdala Palace Heritage Tour

Verdala PalaceVerdala Palace, Siggiewi 

This month HM members are being given the opportunity to visit the Verdala Palace, which is generally close to the public except for the annual Ball of the August Moon held in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.

The Palace was built by Grandmaster de Verdalle in 1586 on a site surrounding the woodland of Buskett, which was used by the Knights for game hunting. Nowadays, it serves as the official summer residence of the President of Malta.

Time: 09.00 – 12.30hrs

Participation is free of charge however, a donation towards the MCCF would be greatly appreciated.

For bookings, please call on 23954200 or 23954242. One can also send an email to mario.casha@gov.mt

Pre-booking is necessary. Booking on a first-come first-served basis. 

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21 May 

EventGhar Dalam under a Full Moon

Ghar Dalam inner caveGhar Dalam, Birzebbuga

A unique opportunity to experience Għar Dalam in the moonlight. This event features presentations by John J. Borg, Senior Curator Natural History, and Paul Portelli Site Executive of Għar Dalam as well as a moonlight tour of the site and cave followed by refreshments.

The lowermost layers of this extraordinary cave are more than 500,000 years old, and contained the fossil bones of dwarf elephants, hippopotami, micro-mammals and birds among other species. It was here that the earliest evidence of human settlement in Malta, dating back to around 7,400 years, was discovered.

Tickets at €12 for Adults; €10 for HM Members, Seniors, Students and children under 12 years of age. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Time: 19.30 – 21.30hrs.

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20 May

Event Siege Maps – How Memory was Engraved 

Poster for Event - Intaglio Technique - lower resNational Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

An event dedicated to explaining and showing the ‘intaglio’ printing technique will be organised by Heritage Malta in collaboration with the Malta Map Society.

This special event is also tied to the exhibition entitled, “Siege Maps: Keeping Memory Safe”, where four maps printed by means of the ‘intaglio’ technique are on display and which can be viewed after the brief talk and demonstration by Joseph Schirò and Jesmond Vassallo.

Time: 18:30 – 20:30hrs

Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.

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18 May

Lecture Valletta as a Cultural Landscape 

steven_psaila_fort_st_elmo_dsc_5143 piazza d'armi smlFort St Elmo, Valletta

To celebrate International Museum’s Day, ICOM Malta in collaboration with Heritage Malta, will be holding a seminar at Fort St Elmo.

The seminar will consist of three 20 minute presentations by key experts: – Mr Joe Magro Conti – ‘Streets as Museums’ – Dr Joan Abela – ‘Notary Placido Abela and the first contracts for the buildings of Valletta’ – Mr George Cini – ‘The Social Value within the landscape; emphasis on Strada Stretta’

Time: 18.00hrs – 19.00hrs

To book a place, and for further details, please email ICOM Malta on icom.malta2016@gmail.com

Seating is limited. Bookings on a first-come first-served basis.

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8 May

Open DayFort St Angelo

FSA open dayFort St Angelo, Birgu

As part of the Open Day for EU-Funded Projects initiative being held on Sunday 8th May, Heritage Malta will be opening Fort St Angelo to the public for free.

Guided tours will commence at the following times: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30hrs.

Mass will be celebrated on site at 10:30hrs.

Opening hours: 09.00 – 17.00hrs

This event is being co-financed through the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014-2020 and in collaboration with the Parliamentary Secretary for EU Presidency 2017 & EU Funds.

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23 April

Members’ Tour Santa Venera Heritage Trail

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The tour will include the Wignacourt Aqueduct, Casa Leoni, and the Church of Misraħ Santa Venera; hosting beautiful paintings and statues, including works by Mattia Preti and Giuseppi Cali.

Meeting place: next to St Joseph’s Home (found a few meters away from the Fleur-de-lys roundabout).

Time: 09.30hrs (until 12.30hrs)

For bookings, and further information, call us on 22954242.

Booking on a first come first serve basis.

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23 / 24 April

EventMedieval Mdina

IMG_0929Domvs Romana / National Museum of Natural History 

During Medieval Mdina, HM invites you to visit the Domvs Romana and the National Museum of Natural History.

Opening times: Saturday between 09.00hrs and 20.15hrs (last admission at 19.30hrs). Sunday between 09.00hrs and 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Admission to both sites at the combined rate of €2.

During the event, Compagnia San Michele will be stationed at the Vilhena Palace courtyard. A number of lectures will also be held inside the museum.

For further details please call us on 21454125.

Become a member of HM during Medieval Mdina … memberships will be available at a 10% discount. 

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24 April

EventTours of Skorba Temple

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Malta’s agricultural hub, Żebbiegħ, will once again host its annual agricultural event ‘Frott il-Bidwi Mġarri’.

During this event, Heritage Malta will be opening the prehistoric site of Skorba from 09.30 till 12.00.

Admission ticket: 3 Euros.

Two guided tours will be held on the day; one at 10.00am (in Maltese) and another at 11.00am (in English).

To ensure visitors enjoy a personalized tour of the site a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Skorba Temple.

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18 April

Members’ Tour Tour of HM’s Conservation Labs, Bighi

Bighi Conservation 2Bighi, Kalkara

Heritage Malta is offering its members the opportunity to visit the Conservation Division in Bighi, Kalkara.

The Division has state-of-the-art diagnostic and conservation laboratories where the conservation of all kinds of artefacts may be undertaken including paintings, metals, ceramics, stone, textiles, books and works of art on paper and wood.

During this tour, participants will also have the opportunity to gain first hand advice from the agency’s conservators.

Time: 09.30 – 12.30hrs

For bookings please call on 23954242 / 23954200 or email us on mario.casha@gov.mt

Bookings on a first come first serve basis.

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16 April

Heritage TrailComino Walking Tour

Comino Shop bannerComino

A guided walking tour of Comino, including the Annunciation Chapel, St Mary’s Battery and Santa Maria Tower. An official guide will lead the group around the island.

Tickets: Adults/Seniors/Students 20 Euros, Children under 12 years & HM Members 15 Euros (includes ferry crossing and entrance fee to tower). Places are limited.

Time: 09.00hrs (Marfa) – 16.00hrs

Meeting Point: Marfa Jetty in front of Riviera Hotel

Participants are to bring their own lunch as there are no facilities on the Island. Comfortable sturdy shoes are recommended.

For further details call us on 23954 242.

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9 & 10 April

Event Artisan Market at Fort St Elmo (discounted admission)

Fsteven_psaila_fort_st_elmo_dsc_5143 piazza d'armi smlort St Elmo – National War Museum, Valletta

In collaboration with the Malta Artisan Market, Fort St Elmo will be hosting an artisan market on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of April, between 11.00 and 18.00hrs.

During this event, Heritage Malta will be offering a 50% discount on the National War Museum ticket price.

Opening hours (of the museum): on Saturday between 09.00 and 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs) and on Sunday between 12.00 and 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

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10 April

Event  Tours of Ta’ Ħaġrat Temple

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On the occasion of Festa Frawli, Heritage Malta will be opening Ta’ Ħaġrat, between 10.00hrs and 15.00hrs, at the reduced price of 3 Euro.

Guided tours at 10.30hrs (Maltese), 11.30hrs (English), 12.30hrs (Maltese), 13.30hrs (English) and 14.30hrs (Maltese).

To ensure visitors enjoy a personalized tour of the site a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Ta’ Ħaġrat.

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31 March

EventFort St Angelo Tour and Regatta

Calendar cropFort St Angelo, Birgu

Enjoy the traditional Regatta from the most strategic platform in the Grand Harbour, Fort St Angelo!

Using typical traditional Maltese boats, like the ‘frejgatini’, ‘kajjikki’ and ‘dghajjes tal-pass and tal-midalji’, the Regatta is a traditional rowing event that has been held in Malta since the middle ages.

Participants will have the opportunity to watch the Regatta from the Grunenbergh’s Bastion. A guided tour of the fort by its Curator, and a coffee break, will follow.

Time: 13.00hrs

Tickets: Adults, Seniors & Students €10 / Children (under 12yrs) €5 / HM members €5.

For further information call us on 23954000 / 23954242.

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28 March

OPEN DAY Valletta Museums and Sites

DSC_1565 editAll Valletta museums and sites

On the occasion of Valletta Day, the following Heritage Malta museums and sites will offer FREE admission:

Fort St Elmo – National War Museum  – Palace State Rooms and Armoury National Museum of Archaeology National Museum of Fine Arts

Opening times: *09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs)

*With the exception of the Palace State Rooms which will be open between 10.00 and 16.30hrs (last admission at 1600hrs).

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29 March

Children’s Event – Play with Clay

Plate 4 2Gozo Nature Museum, Citadel

Join us for a fun activity of clay modeling!

Including a short tour of the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, highlighting the importance of clay during the New Stone Age, followed by a hands-on creative session of pottery making at the Gozo Nature Museum.

Recommended age: 6 to 10 years.

Time: 09.30 – 12.00hrs

Meeting place: Gozo Museum of Archaeology

Ticket price: €5.00. Pre-booking is essential as only limited places are available. For more information please contact us on 21556153.

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24 March 

Late Night Opening – Maundy Thursday

IP (2)Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

On the occasion of Maundy Thursday, the Inquisitor’s Palace will be open until 24.00hrs (last entry at 23.30hrs).

Admission after 17.00hrs reduced to €2.

Heritage Malta Members free. 

For further information please contact HM on 21663731.

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20 & 21 March

Event Spring Equinox

Equinox 4Experience the Spring Equinox sunrise from Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi.

After the equinox there will be a tour of the temples, access to the Visitor Centre (including a 4D experience) and refreshments.

Tickets, available from all HM museums / sites, at €25 per person. €15 for HM members.

Tickets also available ONLINE.

Limited places available.

For further information call HM on 21424231.

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12 March

Members’ Event Tour of Tas-Silġ

Tas-Silg 1Tas-Silġ, Marsaxlokk

Exclusively for Heritage Malta members!

This time we will be visiting the archaeological site of Tas-Silġ in Marsaxlokk, a multi-period sanctuary site covering all eras from Neolithic to the fourth century AD. The site takes its name from the nearby Church of Our Lady of the Snows (Knisja tal-Madonna tas-Silġ).

Members will be guided by the site’s Principal Curator.

Meeting place: besides Tas-Silġ Chapel at 09.30am.

Places are limited. For reservations call on 23954242 or 23954200 (office hours). A valid HM membership card number is required.

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27 February

Members’ TourTour of Skorba and Ta’ Hagrat

Ta’ Hagrat & Skorba, Mgarr

Another exclusive tour for HM members!

Participants are to meet an HM representative outside Ta’ Hagrat at 09.30hrs. After visiting Ta’ Hagrat, participants will make their own way to Skorba, a few minutes away. Participants must provide their own mode of transportation.

Skorba and Ta’ Hagrat are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List along with four other temple sites on the Maltese Islands.

Due to the small size and fragility of these sites, the number of places available is limited. For bookings call on 23954242.

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21 February

Event MORTEM: A Roman’s Last Journey

MORTEMSt Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat

As part of the Rabat Agape Cultural Festival, and in collaboration with Legio X Fretensis, Heritage Malta will be organising various activities at St Paul’s Catacombs including re-enactments, lectures, and a static display by the Legio X Fretensis (throughout the day).

Guided tours of the site will start at 10.30hrs and 15.30hrs.

One will also have the opportunity to taste food prepared according to recipes of the time.

Opening hours: 09.00 – 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

Admission ticket reduced to just €2 per person (includes also admission to St Augustine’s Catacombs).

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10 – 14 February

ExhibitionMalta’s Premiere Scale Model Exhibition

Model exhibitionMalta Maritime Museum, Birgu

Displaying scale models of the highest quality, featuring aircraft, ships, military vehicles, historical and fantasy figures, cars, trucks and more.

Opening times: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

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9 February

Event for Children History of Carnival and Mask Making

Carnival event 3Ta’ Kola Windmill, Gozo

A carnival activity for children aged 6-11 years.

Meeting place: Ta’ Kola Windmill, Xaghra (Gozo)

Time: 09.30hrs (until noon)

Tickets available from Ta’ Kola Windmill and Ggantija Temples at €5.00 (places are limited).

For more information call HM on 21553194.

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8 February

EventIl-Qarċilla

Qarcilla 2016 (2)Fort St Angelo, Birgu

A poetic farce in Maltese which up to a hundred years ago formed part of the Carnival celebrations held in Valletta and was also very popular in a number of villages.

The programme includes a short talk by Olvin Vella about the linguistic value of the ancient qrieċel, a performance, and light refreshments. The brand new Qarċilla is written by Imanuel Mifsud.

In collaboration with l-Akkademja tal-Malti, il-Kunsill tal-Ilsien Malti and the Carnival Commitee.

Tickets: Adults €15; HM members / students / senior citizens €12. Available from all museums/sites and ONLINE.

Time: 20.00hrs

The event is open to an adult audience only.

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31 January

OPEN DAYPublic Service Week 2016

Open day website banner OPM 1*All Museums and Sites

On the occasion of Public Service Week 2016, Heritage Malta will be opening its museums and sites for FREE, including the recently reopened Tarxien Temples.

For more information about each individual site, and respective opening hours, visit HM’s website.

Sites will be open according to their regular opening hours.

*Excluding the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Fort St Angelo, Ta’ Hagrat, Skorba and other sites not usually open on a regular basis.

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21 January

EventStrada Stretta – Unravelling the Myth of Strait Street as a Red-light District

Silver Horse 13 BobbieInquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

A talk by George Cini, author of the book ‘Strada Stretta; aktar dawl fuq it-triq li darba xegħlet il-Belt’.

Was this busy alley, chock-a-block with bars and music halls, a pit full of sinners? Or did saints and sinners thrive side by side? And if so, who judged who the sinners were?

George Cini will attempt to provide answers to the tantalising questions about this famous entertainment strip of yesteryear whose fame reached many a distant shore.

Entrance is Free.

Time: 19.00hrs

For further information, and to book a place, please call HM on 21827006.

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22 January

Event Dark Tales of Mdina

Dark Tales of Mdina shopNational Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Mdina: the silent city but nonetheless a city of mysteries and dark tales entwined within its magnificent history.

Participants will be taken on an animated tour of these dark tales which are guaranteed to send chills down one’s spine.

The tour will be followed by light refreshments at the National Museum of Natural History housed within the Vilhena Palace.

Tickets: €20 for adults, and €18 for HM members, seniors and students. Available from all HM museums/sites, and ONLINE.

Limited places available. Adults only.

Time: 20.30hrs

For more information one can call on 23954242.

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16 January

Members’ EventTour of the Tarxien Temples

TT cropTarxien Temples, Hal Tarxien

Tarxien Temples recently benefited from a project that incorporated the construction a protective tent (now sheltering the temples from the elements), an elevated walkway, as well as the development of a mobile application that now complements one’s visit to the temples. The adjacent visitors centre was also refurbished. The project was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

During this visit, members will be guided by a Heritage Malta curator.

Time: 09.30hrs.

For further information, and to book a place, call HM on 23954242 / 79734490 (office hours).

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