Heritage Malta Valletta museums, sites and exhibitions open for free during Notte Bianca

Next Saturday, 6th October, during the Notte Bianca, Heritage Malta is inviting the general public to visit for free all its Valletta museums, sites, and exhibitions.

The National Museum of Archaeology, the Grandmaster’s Palace, the Fortifications Interpretation Centre and Fort St. Elmo – National War Museum, will be open between 18.00hrs and midnight (last admission at 23.30hrs).

Visitors at Fort St Elmo can attend to the following re-enactment displays: Legio X Fretensis at 19:00 – 19:30hrs, Shows of Arms at 19:45 – 20:15hrs; and In Guardia Parade at 20:30 – 21:00hrs.

There will also be free admission to the following temporary exhibitions:

‘Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey‘ hosted by the Dominican Priory;

‘Cultures in Dialogue’ hosted by the Palace State Rooms;

‘Etruscan Urns in the National Collection’ hosted by the National Museum of Archaeology;

‘Valletta – Belt Kapitali tal-Ewropa’ hosted by Auberge de Castille.

The exhibition ‘Valletta – Belt Kapitali tal-Ewropa’ is being organized by Heritage Malta in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister. This specialized exhibition showcases a selection of historical Valletta maps which form part of the MUŻA cartographic collection including two of the Camocio Siege Maps that have just made it to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Earlier this year, this exhibition was highly received when it was displayed at the prestigious Sala Dei Gigli, housed within Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

The exhibited maps 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 18th century. The selection of maps is showcased in three sections each exploring Valletta from a specific angle or narrative. These include the military exploits of the order of St John, particularly the Great Siege of 1565, the urban and military development of the city, and Valletta’s Euro-Mediterranean dimension.


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