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23 July 2016 – 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.



18 March – 9 July

Exhibition de Valette’s Dagger

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Returning to 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, Heritage Malta will be organising an exhibition on Grand Master Jean de Valette.
The exhibition will feature 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 will be on loan from the Louvre Museum, Paris.

de Valette’s dagger will be 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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2 April

EventTours of Ta’ Ħaġrat Temple

Ta’ Ħaġrat, Mgarr


On the occasion of Festa Frawli, Heritage Malta will be opening Ta’ Ħaġrat, between 09.00hrs and 16.00hrs, at the reduced price of 3 Euro.

Guided tours: 09.30hrs (Maltese),  10.30hrs (English), 11.30hrs (Maltese), 12.30hrs (English), 13.30hrs (Maltese) and 14.30hrs (English).

To ensure visitors enjoy a personalized tour of the site a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Ta’ Ħaġrat.


23 April 

Event Tours of Skorba Temple

Zebbiegh, Mgarr

Malta’s agricultural hub, Żebbiegħ, will once again host its annual agricultural event ‘Frott il-Bidwi Mġarri’.

During this event, Heritage Malta will be opening the prehistoric site of Skorba from 09.00 till 12.00.

Tickets: 3 Euros per person

Guided tours: 9.30am (English), 10.30am (Maltese), and 11.30am (English).

To ensure visitors enjoy a personalized tour of the site a maximum of 25 persons will be accepted for each tour.

Tickets can be purchased on the day from Skorba Temple.


29 / 30 April

EventMedieval Mdina 

Domvs Romana / National Museum of Natural History, Mdina


During Medieval Mdina, HM invites you to visit the Domvs Romana and the National Museum of Natural History.

Opening hours: Saturday between 09.00hrs and 20.15hrs (last admission at 19.30hrs). Sunday between 09.00hrs and 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).

Admission to both sites at the combined ticket price of €2.

Become a member of HM during Medieval Mdina … memberships will be available at a 10% discount.


International Exhibitions


Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio

New York / Paris



Recently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), ‘Judith and Holofernes’ by the French seventeenth century artist is now on display at the Louvre (Paris) until the 22nd of May, 2017.



14 January – 21 May 2017

Mediterraneo in Chairoscuro – Ribera, Stomer e Mattia Preti da Malta a Roma

Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma – Palazzo Barberini, Rome Italy

On the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union and with the support of Arts Council Malta.

Jointly curated by Alessandro Cosma (Gallerie Nazionali, Rome) and Sandro Debono (Senior Curator, Heritage Malta) this exhibition features key works from the national collection to feature at MUŻA – Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti including masterpieces by Jusepe Ribera, Matthias Stom, Mattia Preti and Francesco de Mura amongst others. These shall be presented next to a purposely curated selection from the collection at Palazzo Barberini.

Contributors to the exhibition catalogue include Gabriele Finaldi (Director of the National Gallery in London), Mario Epifani (former director of Armerie Reali, Turin), Viviana Farina and Claudio Malice (Accademia di Belle Arti, Naples), Alessandro Cosma (Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Roma di Palazzo Corsini – Rome) and Sandro Debono (Senior Curator MUŻA – Mużew Nazzjonali tal-Arti, Heritage Malta).


25 January – 30 June 2017

‘In the Light of …. Malta’

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

In collaboration with Arts Council Malta. Curated by Fabrizio Mifsud Soler.

The exhibition explores how Malta’s Mediterranean light is captured in the brushwork of both landscape and non-representational paintings by Maltese artists belonging to different generations. The exhibition seeks to shed light on the colours and forms of a Mediterranean atmosphere through the tonalities which make up the essence of Maltese artists’ colour palette.

The Mediterranean is at the thematic centre of several events featured on the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union cultural programme, not only because it is at the centre of a number of Maltese EU Presidency priorities; but also because Mediterranean light is at the centre of Malta’s colour. The passage of time, light and shadow and the evocation of a sense of the ethereal have inspired works of art that capture the essence of Malta through observation and sensitive renderings.  

Three works from the national collection shall also feature.  


17 February – 28 May

Malta. Land of Sea

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium 


To coincide with Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Malta’s history will be highlighted through this exhibition, hosted by the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels.

Malta. Land of Sea reflects the cultural diversity that is the foundation of the Maltese identity. With the omnipresence of the Mediterranean running through its history, influencing both practical life on the island and the world of the imagination, it is a sea that opens Malta to the world. The exhibition brings together some 60 works that have survived the centuries, some dating back to prehistory. Each item can be seen in isolation or in connection with the others for a dynamic understanding of the history and soul of an island rooted in cultural hybridization.

The exhibition is being held by BOZAR centre of fine arts in Brussels in collaboration with Heritage Malta and Arts Council Malta on the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


6 – 10 March 2017 

‘The Phoenician Shipwreck Off Gozo, Malta’

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

On the occasion of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union, hosted by MEP Miriam Dalli with the support of the Arts Council Malta. The exhibition is a collaboration between the University of Malta and Heritage Malta. Curated by Timmy Gambin, with the design and logistical implementation by Heritage Malta.
The exhibition explores the Phoenician shipwreck discovered off Gozo together with its preserved cargo made up of various objects. It was situated at a depth of 110m and datable to circa the 7th Century BC. To date it is the only well-preserved mixed Phoenician cargo to be discovered. Its age and diverse nature truly make this a unique and precious archaeological discovery. The shipwreck was studied in two dives in 2014 and 2016 and some of this cargo was recovered and will be displayed in this exhibition.
It is envisaged that the recovered artifacts from this underwater site will eventually be displayed in the Gozo Museum currently being prepared by Heritage Malta with the collaboration of the Ministry for Gozo.


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