Events Archive – 2018

18 December 

Members’ EventMembers’ Christmas Party

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples Visitor Centre, Qrendi

Heritage Malta Members are invited to join us for this year’s Christmas Party being held at Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre in Qrendi. 

The party will start at 19.00hrs (until circa 21.00hrs).

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members. Guests of members can purchase their tickets from any Heritage Malta museums & site at €10 per person (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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18 December

Lecture – The White Continent – in search of Birds – Whales – Seals

Public lecture delivered by John J Borg, Senior Curator of the Natural History Unit (Heritage Malta) where he will share his experiences on his exploration voyage to Antarctica.

At the National Museum of Natural History. Lecture starts at 18.30hrs.

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22 December 

Event Winter Solstice

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Join us in experiencing the Winter Solstice sunrise from Mnajdra Temples, a 5000-year-old calendar in stone. After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

TICKETS can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE for the price of €25 per person and €15 for HM Members and ICOM card holders.

The event starts at 06.15am. Meeting point at the Ħaġar Qim visitor centre.

Limited places available.

For further information call us on 21424231.

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23 December 

OPEN DAYNational Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta 

On Sunday 23rd December, the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta will be open on free admission.

The Museum exhibits a spectacular range of artefacts dating back to Malta’s Neolithic period (5000 BC) up to the Phoenician Period (400 BC). Highlights include the ‘Sleeping Lady’ (from the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum), the ‘Venus of Malta’ (from Ħaġar Qim), bronze daggers (recovered from the Bronze Age layers at Tarxien Temples), the Horus & Anubis pendant and the anthropomorphic sarcophagus, both belonging to the Phoenician Period.

The site will be open from 09.00 till 18.00hrs (last admission at 17.30hrs).

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till 31 December

Exhibition Not A Megalithic Yard: A Closer Look at Malta’s Megalithic Architecture

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

The exhibition will reveal the surprising results of research carried out into Malta’s Megalithic Architecture, particularly the proportions of the temple doorways and entry passageways.

At the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre. Entrance to the exhibition will be free of charge.

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

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15 December 

OPEN DAYMUŻA

MUŻA,  Auberge d’Italie, Merchant Street, Valletta

Visit MUŻA on Saturday 15th December and gain free admission to the new National Museum of Art in Malta and Heritage Malta’s flagship project for Valletta’s 2018 Capital City of Culture.

Opening hours: from 10:00am till midnight.

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Until 9th December 2018

Exhibition – Constellation Malta

Fort St Elmo, Valletta
National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta
National Museum of Natural History, Mdina
Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Visitors Centre, Qrendi
Ggantija Temples Visitors Centre, Xaghra, Gozo
Ta’ Kola Windmill, Xaghra, Gozo
Tarxien Temples, Tarxien

Constellation Malta proposes a series of artistic interventions throughout the geography of the Maltese archipelago, designed to create fruitful dialogues between historical sites, popular culture and contemporary art.

Throughout the centuries, constellations have served as tools for orientation and navigation, both in a geographic and in an existential way. This exhibition associates the term ‘constellation’ with the name Malta, lending certain locations in the Maltese archipelago metaphorical weight. The sites become meaningful stars, nodes that guide our journey through the physical and cultural topographies which are illuminated by the various artworks.

Constellation Malta is a contemporary art exhibition curated by Rosa Martinez and organised by the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.

It includes works by notable artists such as Austin Camilleri, Chiharu Shiota, Yoshitomo Nara, Marina Abramović, Tania Berta Judith, Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture, Saskia Calderón, Eulalia Valldosera, The Malta Fancy Poultry and Pigeon Club, Readymades in Malta, and Kyung-Jin Cho.

TICKETS:  adults at €20, seniors / students / HM members at €15, children at €12. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE. The special multisite Constellation Malta tickets grants users one-time access to all the seven Heritage Sites that are included in the exhibition.

Visit https://valletta2018.org/ for more information.

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7 December

Lecture Not a Megalithic Yard; A Closer Look at Malta’s Megalithic Architecture

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

A lecture by Mr Mario Vassallo about his observations on the architectural proportions of the Megalithic Temples.

Mr Vassallo conducted a thorough study of the proportions of the Neolithic buildings on the Maltese islands, particularly those of the doorways, but also the proportions of the internal spaces. This study has shed further light on the extent of planning involved in the construction of these buildings and the way monumental architecture was approached by Neolithic communities.

Venue & time: Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre, at 18.00hrs.

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8 December 

Open DayKordin Temples

Kordin Temples, Rahal Gdid

On Saturday 8th December, a public holiday, Heritage Malta will open to the public Kordin Temples in Raħal Ġdid, a site not regularly open to the public.

During the open day, guided tours of the site will start at 10.30 (in English), 12.00 (in Maltese) & at 15.30hrs (in English).

The site will be open from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

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8 December 

Reduced Admission Natalis Notablis

Domvs Romana, Rabat

As part of the Natalis Notablis event being held on Saturday 8th December in Rabat, the Domvs Romana will be open all day at the discounted admission fee of only €2 per person.

On the day, opening hours will be extended to 22:30hrs (last admission at 22.00hrs).

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11 – 30 November

Exhibition San Martin Exhibition

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

A thematic exhibition about animals, in particular birds, related to St. Martin’s feast. A collection of Kingfishers from different regions of the world ranging from the minute Malchite Kingfisher of Africa to one of the largest the Laughing Kookaburra from Australia will be on display.

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

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31 October – 30 November 

Exhibition Halloween ‘Animals and Dark Traditions’

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

A display of animals and plants associated with death, witchcraft and other dark traditions will highlight our fascination with magic and the natural world. Various specimens of bats, insects, birds, reptiles, plants and other animals will form the basis of this exhibition.

Hosted by the National Museum of Natural History, Mdina. Opening hours from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

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Until 30 November 2018 

Exhibition – Cartography of Medieval Maltese towns and villages by Daniel Bugeja

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

The island of Malta is dotted with picturesque villages and majestic cities that trace their origin to ancient times. This exhibition will mainly focus on cartography paintings of some of these Maltese Medieval cities and villages that have in time ceased to exist.

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

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22 November 

Event Oranges in the 17th and 18th Century Malta

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Inquisitor Fabio Chigi loved the smell and taste of the Maltese orange to the extent that in 1635 he also included orange trees in the newly refurbished garden of the Palace. In a time when the fruit was considered as a luxury in Europe, Malta’s oranges earned a reputation of excellence.

Dr Noel Buttigieg will help us explore the subject, while chef Josef Baldacchino will be conducting a historic cookalong session of ‘composta di bergamotte’, an orange conserve from 1748.

Time:  19:30hrs

TICKETS, at €12 per person (€10 for HM members), are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, & ONLINE.

For further details please call 2166 3731.

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24 November 

EventAncient Burial Sites 

Various sites

This cultural tour will focus on ancient burials throughout the ages.

We will be visiting several catacombs, especially around the Rabat area. Our first stop will be the Salina Catacombs, a cluster of small catacombs located near the Church of the Annunciation in Salina, Naxxar. We will then proceed to Rabat. Here we will visit the Abbatija Ta-Dejr and St Augustine catacombs, two sites that will open specifically for our visit as these are usually not open to the public.

A coffee break will be offered at St Paul’s Catacombs. 

The group will be accompanied by Heritage Malta‘s senior curator on Phoenician, Roman, Medieval history.

Meeting place next to the Roman Domvs in Rabat at 09.00hrs. Transport during the tour is included.

TICKETS: adults at €15, seniors / students / children / HM members at €12. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

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25 November

Open DayNational Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

On Sunday 25th November, the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina will open its doors to the public on free admission.

Guided tours at 09.30am (in English), 11.30am (in Maltese) & at 2.30pm (in Maltese).

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

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17 November 

Event Lemuria – Pagans, Deaths and Spirits

St Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat 

An animated tour around parts of the St Paul’s Catacombs that will shed some light on the Romans’ belief towards death, evil spirits and how to get rid of them. The event will also see the participation of Malta Paranormal, whom you will be able to join on their search for paranormal activities.

Roman snacks and nibbles will be served after the tours.

Two performances will take place: at 19:00 and at 20:00hrs.

TICKETS at €20 per person, HM members at €15. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums and site, & ONLINE.

Please note that tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Visitors are advised to wear comfortable clothing and, if possible, to bring along a torch. THIS EVENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Participants must be 16 years and over.

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17 November

Lecture – The Ċittadella – from a decaying fortress town to a vibrant heritage resource

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

The intrinsic value of the Gozo Cittadella is unequivocal. All civil, military and religious buildings and underground features are scheduled as Grade 1 properties, while the entire hill has been declared an area of archaeological importance and of high landscape value. It also forms part of Victoria’s urban conservation area, and is designated as a special area of conservation under the Natura 2000 EU-wide network. Besides, the Ċittadella earned a place on the tentative list for inscription on UNESCO’s world heritage register in 1998. Indeed, this time honoured fortress town has an outstanding story spanning four millennia as reaffirmed by the recent archaeological discoveries. In this talk, Mr Godwin Vella shall be highlighting the significance of these vis-à-vis the uninterrupted exploitation of this strategic site since late prehistory.

Time: 10.00hrs

Seating on a first come, first served basis.

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10 November 

Members’ Event – The Fortress Builders visit

The Fortress builders, Valletta 

Heritage Malta members are invited to this special guided tour of The Fortress Builders, recently being managed by Heritage Malta.

Time: 10.00am

Complimentary tickets (for HM members only) are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites.

Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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11 November 

EventEkoDalam

Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa

A full-day event that will be focusing on various aspects of the Maltese environment with the participation of various environmental NGOs and government entities.

Visitors will be able to take part in environment-related activities, walk around the grounds and visit the Għar Dalam cave. Events will include a nature treasure hunt, a botanical tour and crafts. There will also be events where one would be able to learn how to grow Maltese indigenous trees and shrubs, and tree planting.

On the day, entrance will be reduced to €2 per person. To encourage environment friendly transport, visitors arriving to Għar Dalam by bicycle will enter for free.

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2 November 

Event L-Għid tal-Erwieħ

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

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 inspired by the meals offered by various communities in remembrance of the deceased. This year emphasis will be drawn on the coccia, a wheat-based recipe consumed in Maltese churches in 1575, as documented by Mons Pietro Dusina. Food historian Dr Noel Buttigieg will be offering insights into the coccia, while Ġużi Gatt will highlight the significance of the traditional supper. Participants will have the possibility of a sleep-over at either one of its seventeenth-century prison cells, or elsewhere within the palace.

Time: 19.30hrs

L-Għid tal-Erwieħ will be held in Maltese.

TICKETS, at €30 per person (€28 for HM members), are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

For more information please call on 21663731.

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4 November

Open Day Conservation Labs

Bighi, Kalkara

A unique opportunity to appreciate at close range the professional work which goes on behind the scenes in Heritage Malta’s five different conservation laboratories, where professional conservators treat paintings, sculpture, wood, books, paper, textiles, stone, pottery, glass, metal and other objects, and ensure cultural heritage is safeguarded for future generations.

Opening hours: 10.00 till 16.00hrs. Guided tours will start every 30 minutes.

Refreshments available.

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Until 28th October 2018

Exhibition Cultures in Dialogue

State Rooms, Valletta

Based on the concept of the traditional space of learning, discussion, dialogue and sharing present in every home in the Arabian Gulf, The Majlis – Cultures in Dialogue will be presented at various major venues in Valletta, Paris, Vienna and throughout Europe. The exhibition itself represents the first part of a wider project that seeks to connect people, beliefs and cultures by offering a platform for respectful, yet incisive dialogue.

The Majlis, Cultures in Dialogue is organized at the initiative of the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum, in partnership with UNESCO Doha Office and the Qatari National Committee for Education, Culture and Science. It is presented for the first time in Malta under the Patronage of the President of Malta, H.E Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani and UNESCO Malta with the endorsement of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.

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27 October – 30 November 

Exhibition Cartography of Medieval Maltese towns and villages by Daniel Bugeja

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

The island of Malta is dotted with picturesque villages and majestic cities that trace their origin to ancient times. This exhibition will mainly focus on cartography paintings of some of these Maltese Medieval cities and villages that have in time ceased to exist.

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

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28 October

Event Romani et mel – Romans and their honey

San Pawl Milqi, Burmarrad

An event highlighting the production, use and consumption of honey during Roman times, and the role of beekeeping. Throughout the day, a number of lectures about honey and olive oil will be delivered.

Tours of this site will take place as follows: 09.30 (Maltese), 11:00 (English), 13.30 (Maltese) & 15:30hrs (English).

This event will include re-enactments from Legion X Fretensis and demonstrations by Golden Island.

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

Admission at €2 per person. HM members enter for free.

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28 October

Members’ Event – Exclusive guided tour – Romani et mel

San Pawl Milqi, Burmarrad

An exclusive guided tour organised specifically for HM members during the event Romani et mel, being held on the day at San Pawl Milqi.

Time: 10.00am

Complimentary tickets (for HM members only) are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites.

Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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27 October

Lecture ‘Early Photography in Malta’

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta 

Experience the fascinating story of how photography began in Malta, who were the first protagonists, who took the first picture, who opened the first studio in Malta, and how did  photographic studios evolve with time?

This is an illustrated lecture by photography researcher Mr Kevin Casha – author of “Photography in Malta – The History and the Protagonists.”

Hosted at the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta. Event starts at 10.00am (till noon).

Seating on a first come, first served basis.

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20 October   — FULLY BOOKED —

Event Middle Sea Race from Fort St Elmo

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

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.

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

Light refreshments included.

Meeting place & time: Fort St Elmo’s main entrance at 09.00am

TICKETS:  adults at €10, seniors / students / children / HM members at €8. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.   — Event fully booked! —

Tickets for this event are limited. For further information please call us on 2395 4242 (during office hours).

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12 October

Event Dark Tales of Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

In conjunction with Birgufest, Heritage Malta will be organising two animated tours, based on tales of mystery and the supernatural, at Fort St Angelo.

Featuring amongst these stories is the legend of the Grey Lady, who is said to haunt the fort till the present day, as well as the story of Fra Giovanni Francesco di San Clement, the only knight known to have been executed within the Fort’s walls.

Two tours will be taking place:

– first tour at 19.00hrs
– second tour at 20.30hrs

TICKETS: Adults at €10, HM Members / seniors / students at €8. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

THIS EVENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Participants must be 16 years and over.

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12 – 14 October 

Reduced Admission – Birgufest

HM museums & sites, Birgu

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

Opening hours:

– Friday: 17.15 till 23:00 (last admission at 22.30hrs)
– Saturday: 09.00 till midnight (last admission at 23.30hrs)
– Sunday: 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs)

On Saturday and Sunday the €2 combined ticket will also include Fort St Angelo.

Purchased tickets are valid on the day only.

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14 October

Open Day Ġgantija Temples

Ġgantija Temples, Gozo

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of its official inauguration, and in collaboration with the Planning and Priorities Coordination Division within the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality, Heritage Malta will be opening the Ġgantija Temples on free admission.

Guided tours at 9.30, 11.00, 13.00 and at 15.00hrs.

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

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3 – 4 October

Event The History of Pasta in Malta

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

Nothing beats a good plate of Pasta. Although this wheat based dish is seldom considered as a ‘Maltese’ meal, our island has its history of pasta too. Heritage Malta invites you to a unique event where guest will learn about the history of pasta in Malta and savour the sauces and pasta eaten locally centuries ago.

Hosted by the Malta Maritime Museum on two separate evenings; Wednesday 3rd &Thursday 4th October. Event starts at 19.30hrs.

TICKETS: adults / seniors / students / children at at €37.50, HM members at €30. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE

Tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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6 October

Free Admission Notte Bianca

Valletta Museums

During the Notte Bianca, the National Museum of Archaeology, the Grandmaster’s Palace, the Fortress Builders and Fort St. Elmo – National War Museum will be open for free between 18.00 and midnight (last admission at 23.30hrs).

Fort St. Elmo will host the following re-enactment displays:
– at 19.00 – 19.30hrs — Legio X Fretensis
– at 19.45 – 20.15hrs — Shows of Arms
– at 20.30 – 21.00hrs — In Guardia Parade

Free admission to the following temporary exhibitions:
– ‘Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey‘ hosted by the Dominican Priory
– ‘Valletta – Belt Kapitali tal-Ewropa‘ hosted by Auberge de Castille
– ‘Cultures in Dialogue’ hosted by the Palace State Rooms

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7 October

Open Day – Għar Dalam 

Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa

On Sunday 7th October, Heritage Malta will be opening Għar Dalam Cave and Museums for free.

Guided tours: at 10.30hrs in Maltese and at 14.30hrs in English

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

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Until 7th October

Exhibition Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey

Dominicans Priory, St Dominic Street, Valletta

As from its foundation, the story of the city of Valletta has often intertwined with that of the Dominican Community in the capital. The initial presence of the Dominicans among the city’s builders, evolved into a 500 year rich and inseparable history. In the year in which we are celebrating the city of Valletta as the European Capital of Culture, this exhibition will help us appreciate the rich historical, socio-cultural and artistic legacy left by the Dominican Order as reflected in the development of Valletta.

Opening hours: 10.00 till 16.00hrs

Admission free of charge.

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28 September

Event The Science Behind Conservation: The Gran Salon Project

Gran Salon, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

This event will be an opportunity for the general public (12+) to learn about conservation science via an excellent case study of the on-going Gran Salon conservation project.

Heritage Malta conservators will highlight the important role of conservation and the methods being used to preserve this unique site. A heritage scientist will also explain how scientific investigations unearthed useful information to the conservation project, thus showcasing how science is a pivotal tool for understanding the complexities of cultural heritage objects.

Four presentations will take place, starting on the hour from 19.00hrs, with the last presentation starting at 22.00hrs.

Attendance is on a first come, first served basis.

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29 September

Members’ Event WWII Heritage Trail

Lascaris War Rooms, Valletta

An event exclusively organised for our members during which we will be visiting the Lascaris War Rooms in Valletta.

Meeting place and time: Lascaris War Rooms at 10.00am

Complimentary tickets (for HM members only) are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites. Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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

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I Fasti del Conte – Artemisia, Finoglio, Battistello, Stazione e altri alla corte di Gian Girolamo Acquavia D’Aragona
Polo Museale della Citta di Conversano 
14 April – 30 September 2018

The exhibition reconstructs the content, type and extent of a historic collection that once belonged to the powerful Acquaviva d’Aragona noble family. The historic castle of Conversano, once family property, is the main venue of this major exhibition. Works from major Italian and European museums, including Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, private collections and others shall provide new insight into the history of seventeenth century collecting and collections development.

Heritage Malta is participating by lending two paintings from the National Collection. 

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22 & 23 September 

Event Autumn Equinox at Mnajdra Temples

Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

Experience the Autumn Equinox sunrise at Mnajdra Temples.

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

TICKETS: €25 per person and €15 for HM members. Tickets are available from all HM sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Meeting place at Hagar Qim Visitor Centre at 06.00am. Limited places available.

For further information contact 2142 4231.

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22 September

Event Harbour Cruise and Tour of Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

The event will commence with a harbour cruise, followed by a guided tour of Fort St Angelo. A Heritage Malta curator will be leading the group on site. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at Fort St Angelo.

Meeting place: Birgu Waterfront (next to Fort St Angelo) at 19.00hrs. Tour will end at circa 21.45hrs.

TICKETS: adults at €18, seniors / students / children / HM members at
€15. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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

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23 September

Event Full Moon at Għar Dalam

Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa

The event will include presentations on the various features of interest found in the Wied Dalam area as well as a moonlight tour of the site and cave, followed by light refreshments.

Meeting time & place: Għar Dalam at 19.30hrs.

TICKETS: adults at €14, seniors / students / children at €11 and Heritage
Malta members at €10. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta sites and museums, & ONLINE.

For more information please call on 2165 7419.

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21 July – 23 September 2018

Exhibition – Etruscan Urns in the National Collection 

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta 

On display four urns, one lid and one front piece that were stored together with a typewritten plaque with the donor’s name Mr Francesco They, accompanied with a note stating that they were probably imported to Malta in the 19th century. These urns were commonly used by the Etruscans who flourished along the coast just north of Rome between the 8th and 1st centuries BC.

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

Admission to the exhibition free of charge.

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15 September

Members’ EventGuided visit to the exhibition ‘Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey’ 

Dominicans Priory, St Dominic Street, Valletta

Heritage Malta members are invited to join us on this exclusive tour of the exhibition ‘Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey’, currently on display at the Dominicans Priory in Valletta.

During the tour we will also visit the Basilica of St Dominic and the Dominican Convent.

Meeting place & time: in front of the Dominicans Priory (St Dominic Street, Valletta) at 09.00am

Complimentary tickets (for HM members only) are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites. Limited number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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

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21 September 

Open DayInquisitor’s Palace

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

The Inquisitor’s Palace will be opening its doors for free on a public holiday, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to appreciate one of the very few surviving palaces of its kind, and the only one still open to the public worldwide.

Gain free access to the historic kitchen area, the sophisticated piano nobile and private quarters, the Holy Office Tribunal and the austere prison complex!

Guided tours of the site will commence at 10.00hrs (in Maltese) and at 14.00hrs (in English).

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

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8 September

Reduced Admission Fort St Angelo on Victory Day

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

On the occasion of Victory Day, Heritage Malta will open Fort St Angelo at the reduced admission fee of only €2 per person. Upper Fort St Angelo, managed directly by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, will also be accessible.

Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am at the Chapel of the Nativity of the Virgin, followed by traditional commemoration of the Great Siege. Mass at the Chapel of St Anne will be celebrated at noon.

Additionally, various activities will he held throughout the day with the participation of various re-enactment groups.

This event will also serve as an opportunity to view the Regatta from the fort’s bastions.

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

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8 September

Lecture – Key Works by Modern Maltese Artists: a critical appraisal
by Profs Joseph P. Cassar

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Prof Joseph Paul Cassar will discuss important works by several Maltese artists who pioneered a modern aesthetic at a time ingrained in traditional forms of expression. A critical appraisal of each selected artwork will be given, within the general output of the artist’s oeuvre, and placed within a wider historical context.

The works range from 1930 up to the early 1970.

Hosted by the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta. Lecture starts at 11am.

Admission to the lecture free of charge.

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 Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici

– Palacio de Iturbide (Fomento Cultural Banamex), Mexico City, Mexico – 29 June 2017 to 15 October 2017

– Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, USA – 19 November 2017 to 18 March 2018

– Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA – 23 April 2018 to 5 August 2018

A ground-breaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, a vibrant period marked by major stylistic developments and the invention of new iconographies. The exhibition’s over 120 works (many unpublished and restored for the exhibition), will make a lasting contribution to the understanding of Mexican painting in particular and transatlantic artistic connections in the 18th century in general. Its main themes explore the painters’ great inventiveness and the varying contexts in which their works were created. The exhibition represents the first and most serious effort to date to reposition the history of 18th century painting in Mexico.

Heritage Malta is participating by lending two paintings by the 18th Century Mexican painter Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz from the National Collection.

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11 August  — FULLY BOOKED —

Event Sleepover at Għar Dalam

Ghar Dalam, Birzebbuga

Join us for a late evening walk to Ta’ Kaċċatura, where we will visit the remains of a Roman villa and Casa Ipolitto, an abandoned 17th century farmhouse. Afterwards we will head to the bronze age temple of Borġ in-Nadur and Għar Dalam Cave. Along the way participants will learn about the night fauna of the Maltese islands, such as bats and moths, while listening to sounds emitted by various crickets.

Refreshments, in the form of a light evening meal and breakfast, will be served.

Time: 19.00hrs (until Sunday morning at 08.00am)

TICKETS: €25 for adults / €21 for seniors, students, & children / €20 for HM members. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

PLEASE NOTE:
Comfortable shoes highly recommended (tour will involve a considerable amount of walking on rough terrain in the dark).
– It will be possible to sleep either outside or inside the museum premises but all participants should bring along their own sleeping bag, mattress or small tent as well as a water bottle and a torchlight.

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15 August

OPEN DAY Citadel Museums & Sites

Citadel, Gozo

On the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, Wednesday 15th August, Heritage Malta’s museums and sites at the Citadel, together with the Cittadella Visitors’ Centre, will open to the public on free admission.

The museums & sites included are the following:
– Old Prison
– Gran Castello Historic House
– Gozo Nature Museum
– Gozo Museum of Archaeology
– Cittadella Visitors’ Centre

Guided tours will be offered at the following times:
– Old Prison (in English) at 10am
– Gran Castello Historic House (in English) at 11am

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

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18 August  — FULLY BOOKED —

Event Filfla Cruise

Sliema Ferry, Sliema

A round Filfla boat cruise, departing from Sliema Ferry (opposite Sliema Hotel) at 14.00hrs.

Experienced Heritage Malta officials will be with us to point out special features found along the coast, such as fortifications and heritage sites.

We will also have time for a swim at one of the sheltered coves near Delimara (swimming next to Filfla is NOT permitted).

Light snacks (ftira biz-zejt) included however, participants are advised to bring along their own drinks.

Time: 14.00hrs (until approximately 20.00hrs)

TICKETS€25 for adults. Seniors, students, children & HM members at €22. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE. — FULLY BOOKED —

Tickets available on a first come, first served basis (limited number of tickets available).

N.B. Bring along a hat and sun protection lotion!

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27 July

Event Night at the Museum

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Spend a whole night at the National Museum of Natural History in the company of the museum curators going through the dark corridors looking and discussing the various and numerous collections. The evening will be dedicated to bats, followed by a guided tour of the museum. Participants will also have the opportunity to view some of the museum’s collections, including a number of rare items which are very rarely placed on display. Sunrise will be enjoyed on the terrace, followed by breakfast.

TICKETS: €25 for adults, €21 for seniors & students, €20 for HM Members. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE

Time: 20.00hrs (till 07.00hrs of the day after)

This event is suitable for ADULTS only (18+)

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27 July

Members’ Event Żejtun Walking Tour

Żejtun

Visiting the recently restored Pandora Theatre, the Beland Band Club and the Żejtun Parish Museum.

Meeting place & time: 19.00hrs in front of the Żejtun Parish church.

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members / guests of members at €10 (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office). Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites on a first come, first served basis.

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

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22 July

OPEN DAY Għar Dalam & Borġ in-Nadur

Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa

On Sunday 22nd July, Għar Dalam Borġ in-Nadur will open to the public on free admission.

Għar Dalam is Malta’s oldest prehistoric site. The Cave is highly important for its Palaeontology, archaeology and ecology.

Borġ in-Nadur is prehistoric site that was in use during both the Temple period and the Bronze Age. It boasts a unique location situated between two valleys with the sea to its front.

Guided tours:
– Borg in-Nadur at 09.30,10.30, 14.30 & 15.30hrs
– Ghar Dalam at 09.00, 12.00 & 14.30hrs

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

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22 July     — FULLY BOOKED —

Event Harbour Cruise

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

A harbour cruise focusing on the fortifications found within the Grand Harbour. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Malta Maritime Museum, on the terrace overlooking the marina.

Time: 19.00hrs (departure from Birgu waterfront, opposite Fort St Angelo)

TICKETS: €18 for adults / €15 for seniors, students, HM members & children. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

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10 March – 17 July 2018

Exhibition The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

Heritage Malta in collaboration with the Schranz Family is holding an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Schranz Family of artists in Malta.

The exhibition explores the incredible output of 4 generations of Schranz artists, their various styles, techniques and artistic entrepreneurship, and explains the context of the various views they captured in Malta and abroad during their various travels, including landscapes, natural and political events.

The exhibition brings together for the very first time around 180 works from public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the UK Government Art Collection, and Minorca museums.

 

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6 July

Heritage Trail Sunset Tour

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Curators and experts within the field will be available on site to discuss the archaeological remains and highlight the natural features surrounding the temples. Tour will include a guided visit of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples and the nearby Misqa Tanks, the Congreve Memorial and the Ħamrija Tower

At the end of the tour, refreshments will be served at the Visitor Centre.

Time: 18:30hrs.

TICKETS: €20 for adults, seniors & students / €15 for HM members & children. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

Tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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29 June

OPEN DAY Palace State Rooms and Armoury + ‘Picasso and Miró’ exhibition 

Grandmasters Palace, Valletta

On Friday 29th June, a public holiday, the Palace State Rooms & Armoury will open to the public for free!

The Palace State Rooms are currently hosting the exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró: The Flesh & the Spirit‘. Admission to view the exhibition will also be free of charge.

Guided Tours: at 10.30hrs and at 14.00hrs.

Opening Hours:
Armoury – from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs)
State Rooms – from 09.00 till 16.30hrs (last admission at 16.00hrs). The exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró’ will also open at 09.00hrs.

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LECTURE CANCELLED

Lecture ‘Malta’s Cultural Heritage & Photography’ by Daniel Cilia

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

The third monthly lecture organised by Heritage Malta, ‘Malta’s Cultural Heritage and photography’, will focus on Daniel Cilia’s career as a photographer and his experiences in the cultural heritage sphere, with a particular focus on Prehistoric Temples sites.

Daniel Cilia will discuss the importance of photography in recording the cultural heritage of the Maltese Islands. From the first photography of the Neolithic temples as far back as 1868 till today. During the talk, Cilia will be showing a number of photographs of sites that have been unfortunately lost and also the archeological documentation of photographs by Sir Temi Zammit, Luigi Ugolini, and exclusive photos done during the excavations in Malta by Prof. John D. Evans and Dr David H. Trump. Cilia will also be showing a number of his own photographs related with Maltese archaeology from the books he has done about the subject in the last 30 years.

Time & place: 10.00hrs at the National Museum of Archaeology

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21 & 22 June

Event Summer Solstice at Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

Experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Ħaġar Qim Temples. After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre,including the 4D show, and refreshments.

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

Meeting point: Ħaġar Qim car park at 05.15am.

For further information contact 21 424 231.

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23 June

Event (HM members invited)Great Siege Commemorative Mass

Fort St Elmo, Valletta 

On the occasion of the fall of Fort St. Elmo into Ottoman hands on the 23rd June 1565, Heritage Malta is organising a commemorative mass to remember and honour the fallen Christian heroes who died defending Fort St. Elmo.

In addition, a short explanation of how Fort St. Elmo, which at that time was a fairly small fort, was able to survive for almost a whole month, as well as to change the whole outcome of the siege and give the Order of St. John ultimate victory during the Great siege of 1565, will be delivered.

Light refreshment will follow on the bastions.

Time & place: 19.00hrs at Fort St. Elmo

Heritage Malta Members are invited. Complimentary tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, prior to the event (on presentation of a valid membership card).

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23 – 24 June

Event RITUAL

Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

RITUAL combines the Mnajdra Neolithic temple complex with an exclusive recital of music archaeology & contemporary repertoire.

Taking place once at sunset (7.30pm) and once at sunrise (06.00am), the concert will see Scottish trombonist John Kenny tracing the evolution of the trombone through its predecessors, including a seashell and a replica of the Celtic war horn, ‘carnyx’.

RITUAL is also a unique opportunity for audience to celebrate the summer solstice at a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

TICKETS, priced at €15 per person, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE.

RITUAL is part of Modern Music Days,  organised by Teatru Manoel, the Malta Association for Contemporary Music, and the Valletta 2018 Foundation as part of the culture programme of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture. This concert is being organised in collaboration with Heritage Malta.

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24 June

Reduced Admission Jum Ħal Tarxien

Tarxien Temples, Hal Tarxien

On Jum Ħal Tarxien, Sunday 24th June, admission to the Tarxien Temples will be reduced to 2 Euro.

Tarxien Temples is one of the largest and most complex of the prehistoric sites on the islands. The temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of six inscribed as ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List.

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

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Until 15 June 2018

Exhibition FRAGSUS Exhibtion

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

An exhibition highlighting the results of the FRAGSUS project.

Funded by the European Research Council, this project is a collaboration that started in 2013 between scientists and archaeologists from Malta, Britain and Ireland. Field and laboratory-based research has successfully identified many new facets about early Malta and its first inhabitants.

The exhibition presents such findings to the general public.

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

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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15 June  — Event Fully Booked —

Event New Moon at Ghar Dalam

Għar 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, followed by a demonstration on the use of a bat detector and moth traps. The event will end with a visit of the cave and light refreshments.

Time: 19.00hrs (until circa 21.30hrs)

TICKETS: Adults at €13, seniors / students at €10, children / HM members at €9. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

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7 – 14 June

Exhibition Beat Plastic Pollution

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

World Environment Day 2018 is this year focusing on the plastic pollution issue.

The National Museum of Natural History will be holding an exhibition related to this subject.

The exhibition will highlight local as well as wider aspects of plastic pollution and the negative impacts on wildlife.

Open during the museum’s regular opening times. Regular admission ticket price applies.

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9 June 

Members’ Event – Gozo Heritage Trail

Gozo

Another exclusive HM members’ event!

We will first visit the Santa Cecilia Chapel and the Mgarr Ix-Xini Tower. Afterwards, we will spend some free time in Rabat followed by a visit to the Citadel Visitor Centre and a guided tour of the Citadel’s majestic bastions. Finally, we will visit the Gozo Museum of Archaeology.

Meeting time & place: Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal at 08.45hrs (09.00hrs ferry, back to Mgarr with the 16.00hrs ferry). Transport in Gozo included.

This is a walking tour. Comfortable footwear recommended.

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members / guests of members at €10 (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office). Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites on a first come, first served basis.

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

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10 June

OPEN DAY National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

On Sunday 10th June, the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina will be open on free admission.

Guided Tours: at 10.00hrs, 13.00hrs & 15.00hrs

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

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7 June

Reduced Admission & late night opening – Garrison Life during the French Blockade + Pageant of the Seas

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

On the Sette Giugno public holiday, Fort St Angelo will be open all day at the reduced admission fee of only €2 per person. Various activities will be taking place throughout the day and the fort will remain open late till 23.30hrs (last admission 23.00hrs).

During the day, the Historical Re-enactment Group of Malta together with various other international re-enactment groups will be bringing the fort back to life by highlighting garrison life during the French blockade (1798 – 1800).

In the evening, visitors can enjoy the Pageant of the Seas spectacle.The show will be hosted by the Grand Harbour from 16.30 till 23.30hrs.

Opening hours: 09.00 till 23.30hrs (last admission at 23.00hrs).

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19 May – 1 June 2018

Exhibition My Path with Nature

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

 

An exhibition of 36 new works by Andrew Micallef depicting various aspects from nature, such as birds, mammals and rural landscapes of Malta, Gozo, as well as other countries visited by the artist himself.

This exhibition, entitled ‘My Path with Nature’ is the 11th solo exhibition by Andrew Micallef and the third being hosted by the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina.

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19 May  — Event was postponed by one week. Rescheduled to the 26th May, EXTRA tickets available —

Heritage TrailComino Walking Tour

Comino

Named after the plentiful cumin (flowering plant) that grows on the island, Comino is thick with wild herbs and flowers, with the entire island nowadays classified as a wildlife sanctuary. Home to just a handful of farmers, the island is only 2 km long by 1.7km wide.

During this walking tour we will visit a number of historical sites, including the battery, tower and quarantine hospital. We will also spend some time at the Blue Lagoon. Heritage Malta curators will be accompanying us.

Meeting time & place: 09.00am at Marfa jetty (Comino Ferry). Departure from Comino scheduled at 16.00hrs.

TICKETS: Adults at €18, Seniors / students / children / HM members at €15. Limited number of tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

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

This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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25 May

Members’ Event – Sleep Over at the Inquisitor’s Palace

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu


Members are invited to this unique experience, spending the night at the Inquisitor’s Palace!

The event will commence with a guided tour of the Palace during which our curator will focus on some of the tribunal cases and tales that have been part of this historical site. Refreshments and coffee will be served afterwards.

Participants can then spend the night either at the Cardinals’ Hall upstairs or else in one of the 16th century cells … not for the faint hearted!

Time: 19.30hrs (till early morning).

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members / guests of members at €10 (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office). Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites on a first come, first served basis.

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

Participants must bring along their own sleeping facilities and a torch.

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19 May

OPEN DAY – Gozo museums & sites

Gozo

On Saturday 19th May, Heritage Malta’s museums and sites in Gozo will open on free admission!

Museums and sites included in this open day:

– Ġgantija Temples, Xagħra (guided tour at 11am)
Ta’ Kola Windmill, Xagħra (guided tour at noon)

Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Citadel
Old Prison, Citadel (guided tour at 10am)
Gozo Nature Museum, Citadel
Gran Castello Historic House, Citadel (guided tour at 11.30am)

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

Additionally, Heritage Malta’s museums at the Citadel will open on free admission in the evening, from 19.30hrs till midnight, as part of the Gozo Alive activities.

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20 May

OPEN DAY – Museums & Sites in Malta for Public Service Week

Malta

In conjunction with Public Service Week, Heritage Malta museums and sites in Malta (Gozo not included) will open on free admission!

This open day will also include Kordin III, an archaeological site not usually open to the public. Tours of this site will commence on the hour from 10.00 till 16.00hrs.

Fort St Angelo will host the MTA’s ‘In Guardia Parade‘ at 11.00hrs.

Additionally, Fort St Elmo is currently hosting the exhibition ‘The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery’ while the Palace State Rooms is hosting the exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró: The Flesh and The Spirit’.

Admission to all activities mentioned above will be free of charge.

A list of Heritage Malta’s museums & sites can be found on our website.

Please note that this open day does not include museums & sites in Gozo, Skorba, Ta’ Hagrat, Ta’ Bistra Catacombs & the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.

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18 May    — FULLY BOOKED —

Event – Dark Tales of Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Heritage Malta will be organising an animated tour, based on tales of mystery and the supernatural, at Fort St Angelo.

Featuring amongst these stories is the legend of the Grey Lady, who is said to haunt the fort till the present day, as well as the story of Fra Giovanni Francesco di San Clement, the only knight known to have been executed within the Fort’s walls.

Time: at 19.30hrs (ends at 22.00hrs)

TICKETS: Adults at €15, HM Members / seniors / students at €12. Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, and ONLINE.

THIS EVENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. Participants must be 16 years and over.

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Until 15 June 2018 

Exhibition – FRAGSUS Exhibtion

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

An exhibition highlighting the results of the FRAGSUS project.

Funded by the European Research Council, this project is a collaboration that started in 2013 between scientists and archaeologists from Malta, Britain and Ireland. Field and laboratory-based research has successfully identified many new facets about early Malta and its first inhabitants.

The exhibition presents such findings to the general public.

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

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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Valletta – Capitale d’Europa 

Sala dei Gigli, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
23 March – 9 May 2018

A specialised exhibition showcasing Malta maps from the MUŻA cartographic collection including two of the Camocio Siege Maps that have just made it to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

The focused selection of maps on display shall present the story of Valletta, from the Great siege of 1565 to its development into a fully fledged military fortress by the end of the eighteenth century.

This exhibition project, celebrating Valletta’s 2018 European Capital of Culture title in Florence, is a joint initiative between Heritage Malta and the Maltese Embassy in Rome in collaboration with Comune di Firenze under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister. A return exhibition sealing this twinning project between Valletta and Florence shall be hosted later this year at Malta’s MUŻA as part of its cultural, artistic and events programme for the second half of 2018.

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12 May

Half-day seminar – Archaeological Fragments & other sources of information

Gran Salon, National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Heritage Malta is holding a second ‘Fragments’ seminar on Saturday 12th May – this time on ‘Archaeological Fragments and other sources of information’. This half-day seminar will be held once again at the Gran Salon of the National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta.

Participation is free of charge.

Time: 08.30 – 13.30hrs

Click here to download programme

To register for this seminar please send an email to archaeology@heritagemalta.org

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12 May

Children’s Event Rulina – Logħba mhux rutina… rutina mhux taqbila

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Inspired by traditional Maltese games, Rulina is an artistic immersive experience on the Valletta 2018 cultural calendar, with music by twenty-eight musicians on traditional Maltese band instruments, dancing, games and all sorts of surprising interactions taking place all around.

Created and organised by: St Leonard Band Club
Directed by: Daniel Vella
Written by: Leanne Ellul
Composed by: Euchar Gravina
Choreography by: Christina Cauchi
With the participation of: Danza C, Elaine Saliba Bonnici
Supported by: Valletta 2018 and Heritage Malta

Two sessions will be held; at 20:30hrs and at 21:30hrs.

Admission free of charge.

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12 May

Members’ Event – Guided tour of the exhibition ‘The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery’

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

A member of the Schranz family, Mr John J. Schranz, will be accompanying us during this guided tour.

Followed by a coffee break.

Meeting time & place: 10.00hrs at Fort St Elmo (event will end at approximately 11.30hrs)

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office).

Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites on a first come, first served basis.

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

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13 May  — FULLY BOOKED —

Event Breakfast at Għar Dalam

Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa

Breakfast will be served in the scenic outside area of the Għar Dalam museum. Afterwards, a guided tour will present the several archaeological, historical and natural features found in this area, designated to become a national park. Participants will also visit an underground cistern and the foundations of a Roman villa, and Casa Ippolito (a derelict 17th Century farmhouse in Wied Ħas-Saptan).

Time: 08.00 to 12.00 hrs.

TICKETS: adults at €15, seniors / students at €13, HM Members at €11, Children at €10.

Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE

This is a walking tour. Suitable footwear required. This event is also not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

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20 March – 30 April 2018

Exhibition – Malta Wildlife Photography Exhibition

Gozo Area Office, St Martin’s Quarter Street, Cittadella

Exhibition of the best photographs of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held earlier this year at the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina.

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

Venue: Heritage Malta’s Gozo Area Office at the Citadel

Opening hours: 09.00 – 16.00hrs (Mon – Fri)

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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30 April   — FULLY BOOKED —

Event – Fireworks Festival from Fort St Angelo

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

An opportunity to view the Fireworks Festival from Fort St. Angelo!

During the evening, visitors will also be offered a guided tour of the fort, with refreshments afterwards.

Time: at 1900hrs (event ends at 23.00hrs).

TICKETS: at €15, seniors / students / HM members at €12, are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

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5 & 6 May

Reduced Admission –National Museum of Natural History & Domvs Romana during Medieval Mdina

Domvs Romana / National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

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

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

Admission to both sites at the combined ticket price of €2.

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5 May

Guided Tours – ‘Houses beyond the House’ during Medieval Mdina

Domvs Romana, Rabat

Tour of the remains behind the Domus Romana.

The remains of the rich Roman town house that we now call the Domvs Romana are well known. But during the early 1920s, Sir Temi Zammit also excavated the area found at the back of the house. What did he find? How many houses are there and what can these tell us about the area?

Refreshments included.

Two tours will be held, one at 10.30hrs and the other at 13.30hrs.

TICKETS: adults at €10, seniors / students at €9, children / HM members at €8. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

Limited number of tickets available.

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6 May

OPEN DAY Palace State Rooms & Armoury + Picasso and Miró exhibition 

Grandmasters Palace, Valletta

On Sunday 6th May, the Palace State Rooms & Armoury will open to the public for free!

The Palace State Rooms are currently hosting the exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró: The Flesh & the Spirit‘. Admission to view the exhibition will also be free of charge.

Guided Tours: at 10.30hrs and at 14.00hrs (tour of the Armoury first, followed by a tour of the State Rooms)

Opening Hours:
Armoury – from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs)
State Rooms – from 09.00 till 16.30hrs (last admission at 16.00hrs). The exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró’ will open at 10.00hrs.

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Throughout April

FestivalGaulitana: a Music Festival

Ġgantija Temples, Xagħra, Gozo

PAX – The Puzzle that is Peace (Installation and Public Performance)
7 April at 17.30hrs
Helene Markstein (Installation Artist) / Voce Angeliche / Aurora Youth Choir / Gozo Community Choir / Gaulitanus Choir

Ritual Strings
27 April at 19.30hrs
Kevin Moindaze (Guitar)

Ġgantija and Norma (Artistic Insights and Curator’s Tour)
28 April at 12.30hrs
Daniel Cilia (photographer) / Enrico Castiglione (Opera Director) / Daphne Sant Caruana (Curator)

FREE TICKETS for these events can be collected from the Ġgantija Temples or the Gozo Museum of Archaeology or by calling us on 21 553 194 to receive an electronic ticket.

Further information can be found on www.gaulitanus.com

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28 April

Event – Science in the Citadel

Citadel, Gozo

Heritage Malta’s museums at the Citadel will be hosting various workshops and lectures, including the following:

A rolling workshop entitled ‘Exploring a Smaller & Invisible World. Science and Heritage Investigations‘ at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, between 12.00 & 16.00hrs.

A drop-in workshop entitled ‘Curating the National Nature Collections‘ at the Gozo Nature Museum between 11.00 & 15.00hrs.

For further details please visit the Science in the Citadel Facebook Page.

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28 April

LectureFrom Abela to Zammit; A biographic overview of Maltese naturalists from the 16th to the early 20th Century

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta 

Heritage Malta is organising a series of lectures focusing on various topics directly related to Malta’s heritage.

The second lecture, ‘From Abela to Zammit – a biographic overview of Maltese naturalists from the 16th to the early 20th Century’, will be delivered by Heritage Malta Senior Curator Mr John J. Borg on Saturday 28th April at 10.00am.

The presentation will highlight the lives and works of  Maltese naturalists, from the well known to the less so, who lived from the 17th Century up to the early years of the 20th century.

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29 April

Members’ Event Zurrieq Walking Tour

Zurrieq

An exclusive event for HM members, the heritage trail will commence next to the Xarolla windmill, built by Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena in 1724. We will visit the nearby Paleo-Christian tombs, currently being excavated and containing interesting architectural features rarely found in other similar tombs on the island. The guided tour will take us past the oldest part of the village, past the parish church, the Armoury, Mattia Preti’s residence and various palaces.

Meeting time and place: 09.00hrs next to the Ta’ Xarolla Windmill (event will end at 12.30hrs)

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members / guests of members at €5 (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office). Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites.

Tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

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

N.B. – This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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22 April   — FULLY BOOKED —

Heritage Trail – Guided Tour of Fort Delimara

Fort Delimara, Marsaxlokk

The fort offers an insight into years gone by when it 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 unlit areas of the building.

TICKETS: Fully booked

Meeting place: outside Tas-Silg Chapel (Marsaxlokk) at 14.00hrs (event will end at around 16.00hrs).

For further information please call us on 2295 4000 (during office hours).

THIS EVENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN. Participants must be +12 years of age.

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22 April

Event – Guided Tours of Skorba Temples during ‘Frott il-Bidwi Mgarri’

Skorba Temples, Zebbiegh, Mgarr

On the occasion of ‘Frott il-Bidwi Mgarri’ to be held in Zebbiegh (Mgarr) on Sunday 22nd April, Heritage Malta will be organising guided tours of Skorba Temples.

Guided tours will start at the following times:

– 10.30hrs (in Maltese)
– 11.30hrs (in English)
– 13.30hrs (in Maltese)
– 14.30hrs (in English).

A maximum number of 25 persons will be accepted per tour.

On the day, tickets to gain admission to the site will be priced at €3.00 per person. Tickets will be available directly on site, from Skorba Temples.

Skorba opens daily from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

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15th April

Heritage Trail – Mġarr Walking Tour

Various sites in Mgarr, Malta

Including a guided tour of both Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba Temples, a local historian will accompanying us during this heritage trail during which we will also visit an underground flour mill located in Il-Palma, limits of Mġarr. The mill is one of seven underground flour mills constructed by the British Military Services during the Cold War period (1950s) as part of the civil defence measures in order to provide bread in case of a nuclear attack within the Mediterranean region by the Soviet Bloc.

Meeting time & place: 09.00hrs, in front of the Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana (back at around 12.30hrs).

TICKETS: at €15, seniors / students / HM members at €12, are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & ONLINE.

Limited number of tickets available. For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (mornings, during office hours).

N.B. – This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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15 April

OPEN DAY – Fort St Elmo – National War Museum
‘The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery’ Exhibition

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

To commemorate the 76th anniversary since the award of the George Cross to the Maltese Islands, on Sunday 15th April Fort St. Elmo, home to the National War Museum, will open to the public on free admission!

The In Guardia Parade will be held at Piazza D’Armi at 11am while, throughout the day, the Casemates Area will host the Malta Artisan Markets. Another highlight of the open day will be a small exhibition displaying documents pertaining to World War II.

Fort St Elmo is currently also hosting the exhibition ‘The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery’. Admission to the exhibition will be free of charge.

Guided tours of the fort will start at 09.30 (in Maltese), at 13.30 (in English) and at 15.30hrs (in Maltese).

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

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15th April

Heritage Trail – Mġarr Walking Tour

Various sites in Mgarr, Malta

Including a guided tour of both Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba Temples, a local historian will accompanying us during this heritage trail during which we will also visit an underground flour mill located in Il-Palma, limits of Mġarr. The mill is one of seven underground flour mills constructed by the British Military Services during the Cold War period (1950s) as part of the civil defence measures in order to provide bread in case of a nuclear attack within the Mediterranean region by the Soviet Bloc.

Meeting time & place: 09.00hrs, in front of the Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana (back at around 12.30hrs).

TICKETS: at €15, seniors / students / HM members at €12, are available from all Heritage Malta museums and sites, & online.

Limited number of tickets available. For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (mornings, during office hours).

N.B. – This is a walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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15 April

OPEN DAY – Fort St Elmo – National War Museum
‘The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery’ Exhibition

Fort St Elmo, Valletta

To commemorate the 76th anniversary since the award of the George Cross to the Maltese Islands, on Sunday 15th April Fort St. Elmo, home to the National War Museum, will open to the public on free admission!

The In Guardia Parade will be held at Piazza D’Armi at 11am while, throughout the day, the Casemates Area will host the Malta Artisan Markets. Another highlight of the open day will be a small exhibition displaying documents pertaining to World War II.

Fort St Elmo is currently also hosting the exhibition ‘The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery’. Admission to the exhibition will be free of charge.

Guided tours of the fort will start at 09.30 (in Maltese), at 13.30 (in English) and at 15.30hrs (in Maltese).

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

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7th April

Reduced Admission Fort St Angelo – Regatta

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Enjoy the traditional Regatta from the most strategic platform in the Grand Harbour! For the occasion, admission to Fort St Angelo will be reduced to €2! (Members of Heritage Malta enter for free).

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.

During the day, historical fencers from the Malta Historical Fencing Association will be present to show-off their impressive skills!

Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the upper part of Fort St Angelo, managed by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, with tours commencing at 11.00hrs, noon & at 13.00hrs. Tickets at €5 for adults, €3 for seniors & students, and €1.50 for children (12 years & under go for free).

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

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7th April

OPEN DAY – Citadel museums & sites

Cittadella, Gozo

In conjunction with a full-day seminar being held on Saturday 7th April at the Cittadella, 1868 – 2018; 150 years as a non-active fortress‘, Heritage Malta’s museums and sites at the Cittadella will open on free admission:

– Gran Castello Historic House

– Old Prison

– Gozo Museum of Archaeology

– Gozo Nature Museum

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

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7 & 8 April

Concert Kantilena Procession

Ta’ Bistra Catacombs, Mosta 

With the support and collaboration of Heritage Malta, Kantilena Procession is a site specific electronic music work by Dutch composer Luc Houtkamp.
 
This event is part of Modern Music Days organised by Teatru Manoel, the Malta Association for Contemporary Music and the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
 
Time: at 20.00hrs

TICKETS: at €15 per person, available from all HM museums/sites, and ONLINE.

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8th April

Open Day National Museum of Archaeology

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

On Sunday 8th April, the National Museum of Archaeology will open to the public for free!

Apart from a unique display of renowned valuable artefacts such as the Sleeping Lady, an artistic masterpiece created in the Neolithic period, visitors will also have the opportunity to view the recently inaugurated display area dedicated to the National Numismatic Collection.

Guided tours of the museum will commence at 11.00hrs & at 14.00hrs (please note that each tour is limited to the first 50 visitors).

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

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8th April

Reduced Admission – Festa Frawli

Mgarr

On the occasion of Festa Frawli, Heritage Malta will be opening Ta’ Ħaġrat at the reduced price of 3 Euro.
 
Guided tours: 09.30hrs (English),  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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28 March

Children’s Event – Valletta – My City, My Story 

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta
 
Event will be divided into two; a walking tour of Valletta during which children will learn about some of the most iconic landmarks in Valletta (mentioned in the book Valletta – My City, My Story), following this there will be an activity related to coins during which the meaning behind coinage throughout time and iconography during the Knights of St John will be explained.
 
Meeting time & place: 09.00am at the National Museum of Archaeology (until approximately 11.00am).

Tickets: Event is fully booked.

Participants will receive two complimentary publications; ‘Valletta – my city, my story’ and ‘L-Assedju l-Kbir – Farka, Farka’.

Please note – This event is open to children between 7 & 11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Event will be conducted in Maltese.

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31 March

OPEN DAY – Inquisitor’s Palace

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

On the 31st of March, a public holiday, the Inquisitor’s Palace will open to the public on free admission.

The Inquisitor’s Palace is one of the very few surviving palaces of its kind. Gain free access to the recently reconstruction domestic kitchen area, the sophisticated piano nobile and private quarters, the Holy Office Tribunal, the prison complex and torture chamber!

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

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

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18 March – 15 June

Exhibition – FRAGSUS Exhibtion

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

An exhibition highlighting the results of the FRAGSUS project.

Funded by the European Research Council, this project is a collaboration that started in 2013 between scientists and archaeologists from Malta, Britain and Ireland. Field and laboratory-based research has successfully identified many new facets about early Malta and its first inhabitants.

The exhibition will present such findings to the general public.

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

Admission to view the exhibition free of charge.

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Maestri d’Olanda e di Fiandra nei mari del sud
La pittura Olandese e Fiamminga nelle collezioni di Giuseppe Bellanti, Giovanni Messina e Camillo d’Errico
Pinacoteca e Biblioteca Camillo d’Errico – Palazzo d’Errico, Palazzo San Gervasio, Potenza, Italy
13 January 2018 – 21 March 2018

The exhibition is being held by the Ente Morale Camillo d’Errico with the support of the Comune di Palazzo San Gervasio (Matera) and in collaboration with Heritage Malta, MUZA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal Arti, Regione Basilicata and the Assessorato per la Cultura – Basilicata. The exhibition, jointly curated by Mauro Vincenzo Fontana and Sandro Debono, is coordinated by Mario Saluzzi and also enjoys the distinguished patronage of the Maltese Embassy in Italy.

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20 & 21 March

Event – Equinox Sunrise at Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Experience 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.

Time: 05.30am

Tickets: €25 for adults, seniors & students. €15 for HM members. Tickets available from all HM museums/sites, and ONLINE.

Limited places available.

For further information call HM on 2142 4231.

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10 March

Lecture – Historical Overview of the Development of Maltese Urban Areas

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Heritage Malta is organising a series of lectures focusing on various topics directly related to Malta’s heritage.

The first lecture, ‘Historical Overview of the Development of Maltese Urban Areas’, will be delivered by Heritage Malta architect Mr Ruben Abela on Saturday 10th March at 10.00am.

The transformation and changes of Malta’s urban areas will be discussed in order to appreciate better the historic development of local towns and villages.

Lecture will be hosted by the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.

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18 March 

OPEN DAY – Tal-Mintna Catacombs

Mqabba

In collaboration with the Mqabba Local Council and Din l-Art Helwa, Heritage Malta will provide access to Tal-Mintna Catacombs, a site that is usually closed to the public.

The Tal-Mintna Catacombs are among the best representations of rural catacombs in Malta. They are a group of three small catacomb used around the 4th and 6th centuries AD.

Opening hours: between 09.00 and 12.00hrs.

Tours of the site will be organised throughout the morning starting at 09.00hrs.

Admission free of charge.

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19 March 

OPEN DAYSt Paul’s Catacombs & Domvs Romana

Rabat

On the Feast of St Joseph, a public holiday, St Paul’s Catacombs and the Domvs Romana will be open for free.

Visit St Paul’s Catacombs, the largest late-Roman underground cemetery in Malta! It provides the earliest and largest archaeological evidence of Christianity on the island.

Then head to the Domvs Romana, home to a set of marble statues portraying Emperor Claudius together with his family, the only statues on display in a private house anywhere in the Roman empire!

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

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15 March

EventAn Inquisitor’s Cena di Magro – Chigi’s 1637 Lenten supper

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu

Vatican Archives shed light on Inquisitor Fabio Chigi’s, later Pope Alexander VII, food patterns during his inquisitorial days in Malta. In 1637, during his Lenten giorni di magro – when no meat or dairy products could be consumed, Chigi is recorded having vegetable soups, fish, dried fruits, olives, oranges and wine.  These will be the main ingredients for a historically interpreted supper, presented in Chigi’s own Inquisitor’s Palace, according to an exact contemporary Lenten recipe book found at the National Library (view the food MENU).

Heritage Malta has teamed up with the Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS) to offer this exclusive historic supper which will be accompanied by a food-and-wine pairing session inspired by an eighteenth-century wine list.

Time: at 19.30hrs

This is another exclusive sensory experience for a limited number of participants. Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

For further details please call us on 2166 3731.

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16 March – 19 March 2018

Exhibition – MaltaExpo Scale Model Exhibition

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

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

Admission fees:
– on Friday 16th March – standard admission fees
– between Saturday 17th and Monday 19th March – admission to view the exhibition and the whole museum display area will be reduced to €2 per person.

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16 March

Event – Dark Tales of Mdina

National 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, and a behind the scenes special tour of the museum’s national collection.

Meeting place & time: National Museum of Natural History at 19.00hrs (event ends at circa 23.00hrs)

Tickets: EVENT FULLY BOOKED

Tickets available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information one can call on 23954242.

This event is not suitable for children. 16+ years.

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17 March

ConferenceFRAGSUS Conference

Fort St Angelo, Birgu

Funded by the European Research Council, the FRAGSUS project is a collaboration between scientists and archaeologists from Malta, Britain and Ireland.

Between 2013 and 2018, field and laboratory-based research, by archaeologists, anthropologists, environmental scientists, osteologists, and other specialists from various fields of study, has successfully identified many new facets about early Malta and its first inhabitants.
 
Join us on the 17th of March for a full day conference to learn about these exciting developments!

Conference will be held at Fort St Angelo between 08.30 and 17.30hrs.

For further information, full programme and registration (to be made by the 14th of March) kindly send an email to archaeology@heritagemalta.org or call on 2123 9375. 

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23 March

Members’ Tour – Tour of the Farsons Brewery

Farsons Brewery, Mdina Road, Mriehel

Farsons inaugurated its factory in 1950. Today, the Farsons brewery, a magnificent building, still retains its original features.

The guided tour starts with a visual presentation that will highlight the brewery’s history and products. Participants will also visit the old boardroom, the brew house, process block and bottling hall.

Meeting place & time: Farsons Brewery main gate, at 09.15hrs

Tickets: complimentary for HM members. Available from all HM museums & sites.

Tickets available on a first come first serve basis.

Limited number of tickets available.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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).

THIS EVENT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

Participants must be +12 years of age.

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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

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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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