MUŻA to open its doors to the public on 15th December

On Saturday 10 November, Heritage Malta officially inaugurated Malta’s very own national-community art museum MUŻA; a €10 million investment, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. MUŻA is also the flagship project for Valletta’s 2018 European Capital of Culture title which shall carry forward the legacy of this unique occasion.

The chosen name MUŻA is an acronym for MUŻew tal-Arti (Art Museum) and also the Maltese word for inspiration, whereas the dot over the z (Ż) emphasizes the exclusive Maltese-alphabet character. The name relates also to the muses which were mythological creatures from classic antiquity inspiring creativity.

With a collection of well over 20,000 works of art, MUŻA seeks to present inspiring stories with which to engage with a broad range of stakeholders, particularly communities. Strategically located at the heart of Valletta, the two entrances of the building, one on Merchants Street and the other on Jean de Valette Square, shall attract people inside to wander freely within the main courtyard which is now a public space. MUŻA is also equipped with a cafeteria and a dining room, a tourist information office, and a concept store with quality products.

Due to the international conference of the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) which was held at MUŻA from the 15th to the 18th of November, the museum was closed to the general public.

This week, MUŻA will be the venue for a number of events as part of the Malhalla Festival held during every day of the week from 18.00hrs onwards. Events include discussions, films and community projects. MUŻA shall be showing the works of international artists from various Mediterranean regions, some of whom have also prepared works in Malta.  During the day, the museum will be closed in preparation of the evening event, however, the public is welcome to participate in this festival during the evening. The art galleries will not be accessible during the festival.

MUŻA will open its doors permanently to the public on Saturday, 15th December, when Heritage Malta will be organizing an Open Day from 10:00hrs to midnight with free entrance to all.

From Sunday, 16th December, MUŻA will be open as per Heritage Malta’s museum hours, from 9:00hrs to 17:00hrs (last entry at 16:30hrs).


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