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Until the 23rd of July, 2017

Exhibition Valletta 1566 – Melita Renascens

Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta



In collaboration with Malta Libraries, this exhibition commemorates the 450th anniversary since the laying of the first stone of the city of Valletta.

Hosted by the former National War Museum, at Lower Fort St. Elmo, and the National Library.

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

TICKETS for the exhibition: €5 adults / €3.50 seniors & students / €2.50 children. 

One can also combine visit with Fort St Elmo – National War Museum at €10 adults / €7.50 seniors & students / €5.50 children.

For the National Library visiting hours please click here.


Until the 9th of July 7th of September 2017 (dates extended)

Exhibition de Valette’s Dagger

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

In Malta for the very first time since 1798, and as part of the events marking the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU, the exhibition features de Valette’s dagger, gifted to him by King Philip II of Spain in recognition of the Grand Master’s victory of the Great Siege in 1565.

The poniard is on loan from the Louvre Museum, Paris.

de Valette’s dagger is accompanied by a selected number of other exhibits from the national collection.

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

Admission included in the museum’s regular ticket price.

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15 August

Discounted AdmissionHeritage Malta Citadella Sites + Visitor Centre

Citadella, Victoria, Gozo

On the occasion of the feast of Santa Marija, a public holiday, the following museums and sites will be open at the combined discounted rate of €2.00 per person. 

– Gozo Museum of Archaeology
– Gran Castello Historic House
– Old Prison
– Gozo Nature Museum
– Citadella Visitor Centre

Tickets will be available from any museum mentioned above (except from the Gozo Nature Museum).

Tickets will be valid on the day only.

Visit our WEBSITE for more details on Heritage Malta’s museums in the Citadella. 


4 August

Event Filfla Cruise      — FULL BOOKED —

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.

Light snacks included however, participants are advised to bring along their own drinks.

Time: 14.00hrs (until approximately 19.00hrs)

TICKETS, priced at 25 Euros for adults and 22 Euros for HM members / students / senior citizens / children +12 years, are available from all HM museums & sites, and ONLINE.

— This event is fully booked —

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

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



International Exhibitions


Mediterraneo in Chairoscuro

Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da Malta a Roma
– Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini, Rome Italy
14 January – 2 July 2017 

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 – 8 November 2017

This joint exhibition project presents key works from the national collection at MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including works by Mathias Stom, 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.


13 May – 26 November 2017

HOMO MELITENSIS: An incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters

Malta Pavilion – La Biennale di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Curated by Bettina Hutschek and Raphael Vella, Homo Melitensis: An Incomplete Inventory in 19 Chapters combines the work of thirteen artists and a diverse selection of artefacts from national and private collections.

Through a non-hierarchical, achronological installation, the exhibition investigates Maltese identity via maps, folkloric objects, historical photographs, and contemporary artworks. Artefacts and paraphernalia intermingle in a series of chapters that reveal stories of nationhood, memory, war, diaspora, dreams, and island life, imagining an identity situated between truth and non-truth. Taxonomically and alphabetically organised in custom-made, spatial arrangements, Homo Melitensis–Maltese man–witnesses the transition from nation-state to an atomised, impenetrable existence, and is perplexed.

The Malta Pavilion is being commissioned by the Arts Council Malta, in collaboration with MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti (Heritage Malta) as part of the Cultural programme of the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.


22 June –  1 October 2017

Palermo Capitale e l’età di Serpotta

Palazzo Abatellis – Oratorio dei Bianchi, Palermo


The exhibition has been designed to investigate a very exciting moment of Palermo’s cultural scene, spanning from the late 1600s and the first three decades of the 1700s.

The exhibition will focus on the transition towards classicism that occurred in the art world following fresh and direct contacts with Rome’s artistic circles, due to architects such as Giacomo Amato, plasterers such as Giacomo Serpotta, and painters such as Dell’Aquila and Calandrucci. In the very same period works by Carlo Maratti, Odazzi and even Donato Creti from Bologna started to arrive in Palermo from Europe and the rest of Italy.

Heritage Malta will be participating by a loan from MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti.


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 groundbreaking 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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