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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.



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).



6 December

Lecture Nature Behind Glass

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina


An opportunity to learn about the history of the National Museum of Natural History in Malta and about Heritage Malta’s on-going work related to natural heritage.

This lecture will include a historical overview, from the origins of the collections and the various transitions which the museum went through, to the present work being done by the national agency to preserve the collection under its custody.

Talk will be given by John J. Borg, Senior Curator of Heritage Malta’s Natural History Unit.

Light refreshments will follow.

Venue: at the National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Time: 19.00hrs


7 December 2017

Members’ EventHeritage Malta members’ annual festive event

Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu


Members are invited to join us to celebrate another year of successful events organised by the agency. Hosted by the Inquisitor’s Palace, the event will include an introduction to the museum’s folklore section dedicated to Christmas and a demonstration on the process of making the traditional ‘pasturi’. This will be followed by a cookery session and tasting of the traditional ‘pudina’.  

Refreshments included.

Tickets: complimentary for members, 10 Euro for guests of members (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office). Tickets, available from all HM museums & sites, must be purchased by not later than the 4th of December.

Time: 18.00 – 21.00hrs For further information please call on 2295 4242 / 2295 4000 (during office hours).


8, 9 & 10 December 2017

Event From the Holy Land to MaltaIn the footsteps of the Order of St John

Fort St Angelo, Birgu  


In collaboration with Heritage Malta, Compagnia San Michele Malta, together with Prioratus Hospitalis Acconnensis from Bologna, will be organising a three day event at Fort St. Angelo.

This unique event will portray the history of the Hospitaller Order from its roots in the Holy land to its expulsion from Malta.

For more information visit the event related Facebook page.

Standard admission fees apply (except on Sunday). Half-price admission on Sunday 10th December: Adults @ €4 / Seniors, youths & Students @ €2.50 (free admission for children under 12yrs). On Sunday, tickets will also include Upper Fort St Angelo.



11 December 2017

ExhibitionMattia Preti’s ‘Daniel Interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream’ – first public viewing

Ministry for Gozo, Victoria, Gozo  


Exhibition of the Mattia Preti painting Daniel Interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream, recently purchased so as to form part of the forthcoming Gozo Museum.  

Venue: Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo, Victoria. 

Opening hours: 09.00 – 16.00hrs



13 December


National Museum of Natural History, Mdina
Domvs Romana, Rabat


On the occasion of Malta’s Republic Day, Heritage Malta will open both the National Museum of Natural History and the Domvs Romana free of charge.

The National Museum of Natural History is currently hosting the ‘Malta Wildlife Photography Exhibition’. On the day, admission to view the exhibition will also be free of charge.

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

During the open day, the publication ‘Valletta, My City My Story’ will be available at the discounted price of only €1!*

*Discount available only on the day from either the Domvs Romana or the National Museum of Natural History. 



21 December

EventWinter Solstice at Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Archaeological Park

Wrap up well and start the winter season with a truly memorable experience.

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 €20 for HM Members.

The event starts at 06.30am. Meeting point at the Hagar Qim visitor centre.

Limited places available.

For further information call us on 21 424 231.



International Exhibitions


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 – 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.




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.



Archive of Events – 2017
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