Events Archive – 2018

14 – 28 February

Exhibition 5000 years of Romance

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

On the occasion of Saint Valentine’s Day, the National Museum of Archaeology set up a small exhibition showcasing the ‘Embracing Couple’ figurine.

This unique item is, to date, the only artefact from Malta dating to the Neolithic period which shows human emotions immortalized through artistic expression. This figurine is complemented with jewellery dating from the same period.

Admission to the exhibition free of charge.

Opening hours: 08.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).



25 February

Open DayTarxien Temples

Tarxien Temples, Ħal Tarxien

Visit one of the largest and most complex prehistoric sites on the Maltese islands! The Tarxien Temples will be open to the public for free on Sunday 25th February.

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

Guided tours of the site will start at 10.00hrs and at 14.00hrs.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tarxien Temples are inscribed as part of ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List.


23 February

Members’ Event –  Guided tour  –  Bighi Conservation Division

Conservation Division, Marina Street, 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.

Time: 09.00hrs (until circa 12.00hrs)

TICKETS: complimentary for members, €5 for guests of members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (during office hours).


8 & 20 February 

Event Rabbit in 17th and 18th Century Malta

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

The archives on the Inquisition provide references to a sophisticated kitchen at the Inquisitor’s Palace, furnished with all the necessary utensils to cook meat, including rabbit which is known to have been reared and consumed at the Inquisitor’s Palace. Rabbit will in fact be the focus of the fourth session in the Inquisitor’s Historic cookalong series.

Dr Noel Buttigieg will help us explore the subject, while our chef will be conducting a historic cookalong session of the pastizzo di carne di conglio.

This is an exclusive sensory experience for a limited number of participants. Proceeds from this event will help us refurnish the kitchens back to its busy days. Participants will be entitled to one complimentary copy of The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum project book.

TICKETS: €12 per person / €10 for HM members. Available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & online.

Time: 19.30hrs

For further details please call 2166 3731.


18 February  

Heritage Trail – Roman Malta

Various archaeological sites

Visiting the Ta’ Kaccatura Roman site and nearby archaeological remains (Birzebbuga), the Domvs Romana archaeological site (Rabat), and the Abbatija Tad-Dejr Catacombs (Rabat).

Meeting time and place: 08.45hrs, opposite the Phoenicia Hotel in Valletta (back in Valletta at 14.00hrs).

TICKETS: Adults at €18. Seniors / Students / HM Members at €15. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

Tickets available on a first come first served basis.

For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (during office hours).

N.B. – During this event we will walk along uneven paths. Please wear comfortable shoes.


Until 15 February 2018

ExhibitionMalta Wildlife Photography Exhibition

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Exhibition of the best photographs of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held earlier this year.

The 340 images submitted were selected according to three categories; Flora, Fauna and Marine.

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


10 February

Open Day Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Saturday 10th February, on the Feast of St Paul’s Shipwreck, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples will be open to the public for free.

Apart from viewing the temples and their environs, visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the adjacent interactive visitor centre.

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

Guided tours of the temples will start at 11.00hrs and at 14.00hrs.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples are inscribed as part of ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List.


28 January 

Members’ EventHeritage Trail – Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Includes a visit to the two unique prehistoric sites of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, as well as the surrounding Mediterranean garigue landscape with its many historical features including the Misqa Tanks.

Time: 14.00 – 16.00hrs

Tickets: complimentary for members, 7 Euro for guests of members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

For further assistance please call us on 23954242 (during office hours).


7 October – 20 January 2018 

Exhibition REL•INK – Indelible Narratives

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

An exhibition featuring oral accounts and images of tattoo designs of elderly Maltese men, who worked on ships or on the waterfront as stevedores, fishermen, longshoremen, dockers, sail makers, sailors, stewards, coalmen, firemen, Royal Navy service men, Merchant Navy men, firemen, stokers, labourers and others.

Historical research, gathered from the National Archives of Malta, shows that tattoos were included in passport documents and referenced as visible distinguishing marks. The objective of the REL•INK project is to document local twentieth century tattoo designs so as to be able to build a digital archive featuring an open source resource.

The project focuses on various aspects related to maritime history including employment, economic and maritime traditions and the movement of seamen and port workers from the 1900s up to World War II.

Admission to the exhibition FREE of charge.

REL•INK is a community outreach project in collaboration with the Malta Maritime Museum, the Library Information and Archive Sciences Department of the University of Malta and Arts Council Malta.


14 January

EventGuided Tour of Fort Delimara

Fort Delimara, Marsaxlokk

Due to popular demand, we will be organising another tour of Fort Delimara! The tour offers an insight into years gone by when the fort was still operational under the British forces. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to bring along a torch as visit will take us through dark areas of the building.

TICKETS: Adults at €7, HM Members / seniors / students at €5. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

Meeting place: outside Tas-Silg Chapel (Marsaxlokk) at 14.00hrs (event will end at circa 16.00hrs). For further information please call us on 22954000 (during office hours).


Participants must be +12 years of age.


13 January 

Lecture Modern Sensibilities in Maltese Art

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

A lecture by Prof. Joseph Paul Cassar in collaboration with the OTS Foundation.

This public lecture outlines the beginnings of Modern Art in Malta in the fields of painting and sculpture. It identifies the main pioneers who brought about this cultural change and their input is analysed in terms of their individual and group efforts. Although this was a rather belated experience, it does not take away the credit of artists who struggled against all odds to develop valid interesting offshoot contributions that fit within the wider European context and heritage.

Time: 10.30hrs


Mediterraneo in Chiaroscuro

Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da La Valletta 2018 a Matera 2019
– Museo Nazionale d’Arte Medievale e Moderna della Basilicata – Palazzo Lanfranchi’, Matera Italy
10 July 2017 – 9 January 2018

This joint exhibition project presents key works from the national collection at MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including works by Mathias Stomer, Jusepe Ribera, Mattia Preti and Francesco de Mura together with a comparative selection of works from the Camillo d’Errico collection at Palazzo Lanfranchi and special loans from the Gallerie nazionali di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini.

The exhibition is jointly curated by Marta Ragozzino (Director, Polo Museale di Matera), Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, MUZA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti), Mauro Fontana (Curator, Collezione Camillo d’Errico) and Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali d’Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini).

The project is supported by the Maltese embassy in Rome and Matera 2019 foundation.



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