On 8th December, a public holiday, Heritage Malta is opening practically all its museums and sites for free, with the exception of Ta’ Ħaġrat and Skorba Temples, Ta’ Bistra Catacombs, the Palace Staterooms, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and the National Museum of Fine Arts which is being transformed into a new community museum called MUŻA.
The sites which will be open are St. Paul’s Catacombs, the Domus Romana (Rabat), the National Museum of Natural History (Mdina), the National Museum of Archaeology, the Palace Armoury, Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum (Valletta), the Malta Maritime Museum, the Inquisitor’s Palace, Fort St. Angelo (Vittoriosa), Għar Dalam Museums & Cave (Birżebbuġa), Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples (Qrendi), Tarxien Temples in Malta and the Museum of Archaeology, the Gran Castello Historic House, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Old Prison (Citadel, Victoria), Ta’ Kola Windmill and Ġgantija Temples (Xagħra) in Gozo.
Another highlight of this open day is the exhibition ‘Valletta 1566 – Melita Renascens’ at lower Fort St Elmo. This exhibition commemorates the 450th anniversary since the laying of the first stone of the city of Valletta.
During the open day two tours will be held at Ta’ Kola Windmill. These start at 10.30hrs and 15.00hrs.
Merchandise and membership will be available from most sites and museums and the public can benefit from special offers on Heritage Malta’s publications.