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10 March – 17 July 2018

Exhibition The Schranz Family of Artists: A Journey of Rediscovery

Fort St Elmo, Valletta


Heritage Malta in collaboration with the Schranz Family is holding an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Schranz Family of artists in Malta.

The exhibition explores the incredible output of 4 generations of Schranz artists, their various styles, techniques and artistic entrepreneurship, and explains the context of the various views they captured in Malta and abroad during their various travels, including landscapes, natural and political events.

The exhibition brings together for the very first time around 180 works from public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the UK Government Art Collection, and Minorca museums.




21 & 22 June

Event Summer Solstice at Ħaġar Qim & Mnajdra Temples

Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi


Experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Ħaġar Qim Temples. After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre,including the 4D show, and refreshments.

TICKETS, priced at €25 per person and €15 for HM Members, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE.

Meeting point: Ħaġar Qim car park at 05.15am.

For further information contact 21 424 231.



23 June

Event (HM members invited)Great Siege Commemorative Mass

Fort St Elmo, Valletta 


On the occasion of the fall of Fort St. Elmo into Ottoman hands on the 23rd June 1565, Heritage Malta is organising a commemorative mass to remember and honour the fallen Christian heroes who died defending Fort St. Elmo.

In addition, a short explanation of how Fort St. Elmo, which at that time was a fairly small fort, was able to survive for almost a whole month, as well as to change the whole outcome of the siege and give the Order of St. John ultimate victory during the Great siege of 1565, will be delivered.

Light refreshment will follow on the bastions.

Time & place: 19.00hrs at Fort St. Elmo

Heritage Malta Members are invited. Complimentary tickets are available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites, prior to the event (on presentation of a valid membership card).



23 June – 7th October

Exhibition Valletta and the Dominicans: a common journey

Dominicans Priory, St Dominic Street, Valletta


As from its foundation, the story of the city of Valletta has often intertwined with that of the Dominican Community in the capital. The initial presence of the Dominicans among the city’s builders, evolved into a 500 year rich and inseparable history. In the year in which we are celebrating the city of Valletta as the European Capital of Culture, this exhibition will help us appreciate the rich historical, socio-cultural and artistic legacy left by the Dominican Order as reflected in the development of Valletta.

Opening hours: 10.00 till 16.00hrs

Admission free of charge.



23 – 24 June


Mnajdra Temples, Qrendi

RITUAL combines the Mnajdra Neolithic temple complex with an exclusive recital of music archaeology & contemporary repertoire.

Taking place once at sunset (7.30pm) and once at sunrise (06.00am), the concert will see Scottish trombonist John Kenny tracing the evolution of the trombone through its predecessors, including a seashell and a replica of the Celtic war horn, ‘carnyx’.

RITUAL is also a unique opportunity for audience to celebrate the summer solstice at a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

TICKETS, priced at €15 per person, can be purchased from all HM sites/museums and ONLINE.
RITUAL is part of Modern Music Days,  organised by Teatru Manoel, the Malta Association for Contemporary Music, and the Valletta 2018 Foundation as part of the culture programme of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture. This concert is being organised in collaboration with Heritage Malta.



24 June

Reduced Admission Jum Ħal Tarxien

Tarxien Temples, Hal Tarxien


On Jum Ħal Tarxien, Sunday 24th June, admission to the Tarxien Temples will be reduced to 2 Euro

Tarxien Temples is one of the largest and most complex of the prehistoric sites on the islands. The temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of six inscribed as ‘The Megalithic Temples of Malta’ in the World Heritage List.

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



29 June

OPEN DAY Palace State Rooms and Armoury + ‘Picasso and Miró’ exhibition 

Grandmasters Palace, Valletta


On Friday 29th June, a public holiday, the Palace State Rooms & Armoury will open to the public for free!

The Palace State Rooms are currently hosting the exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró: The Flesh & the Spirit‘. Admission to view the exhibition will also be free of charge.

Guided Tours: at 10.30hrs and at 14.00hrs. 

Opening Hours:
Armoury – from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs)
State Rooms – from 09.00 till 16.30hrs (last admission at 16.00hrs). The exhibition ‘Picasso and Miró’ will also open at 09.00hrs.



30 June

Lecture ‘Malta’s Cultural Heritage & Photography’ by Daniel Cilia

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta


The third monthly lecture organised by Heritage Malta, ‘Malta’s Cultural Heritage and photography’, will focus on Daniel Cilia’s career as a photographer and his experiences in the cultural heritage sphere, with a particular focus on Prehistoric Temples sites.

Daniel Cilia will discuss the importance of photography in recording the cultural heritage of the Maltese Islands. From the first photography of the Neolithic temples as far back as 1868 till today. During the talk, Cilia will be showing a number of photographs of sites that have been unfortunately lost and also the archeological documentation of photographs by Sir Temi Zammit, Luigi Ugolini, and exclusive photos done during the excavations in Malta by Prof. John D. Evans and Dr David H. Trump. Cilia will also be showing a number of his own photographs related with Maltese archaeology from the books he has done about the subject in the last 30 years.

Time & place: 10.00hrs at the National Museum of Archaeology



6 July

Heritage Trail Sunset Tour

Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park, Qrendi

Curators and experts within the field will be available on site to discuss the archaeological remains and highlight the natural features surrounding the temples. Tour will include a guided visit of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples and the nearby Misqa Tanks, the Congreve Memorial and the Ħamrija Tower

At the end of the tour, refreshments will be served at the Visitor Centre.

Time: 18:30hrs.

TICKETS: €20 for adults, seniors & students / €15 for HM members & children. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

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


21 July – 23 September 2018

Exhibition – Etruscan Urns in the National Collection 

National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta 


On display four urns, one lid and one front piece that were stored together with a typewritten plaque with the donor’s name Mr Francesco They, accompanied with a note stating that they were probably imported to Malta in the 19th century. These urns were commonly used by the Etruscans who flourished along the coast just north of Rome between the 8th and 1st centuries BC. 

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

Admission to the exhibition free of charge.



22 July

OPEN DAY Għar Dalam & Borġ in-Nadur

Għar Dalam, Birżebbuġa


On Sunday 22nd July, Għar Dalam Borġ in-Nadur will open to the public on free admission.

Għar Dalam is Malta’s oldest prehistoric site. The Cave is highly important for its Palaeontology, archaeology and ecology.

Borġ in-Nadur is prehistoric site that was in use during both the Temple period and the Bronze Age. It boasts a unique location situated between two valleys with the sea to its front.

Guided tours:
– Borg in-Nadur at 09.30,10.30, 14.30 & 15.30hrs
– Ghar Dalam at 09.00, 12.00 & 14.30hrs

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



22 July 

Event Harbour Cruise

Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu

A harbour cruise focusing on the fortifications found within the Grand Harbour. Refreshments will be served afterwards at the Malta Maritime Museum, on the terrace overlooking the marina.
Time: 19.00hrs (departure from Birgu waterfront, opposite Fort St Angelo)
TICKETS: €18 for adults / €15 for seniors, students, HM members & children. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE.

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

For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (during office hours).



27 July

Event Night at the Museum

National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

Spend a whole night at the National Museum of Natural History in the company of the museum curators going through the dark corridors looking and discussing the various and numerous collections. The evening will be dedicated to bats, followed by a guided tour of the museum. Participants will also have the opportunity to view some of the museum’s collections, including a number of rare items which are very rarely placed on display. Sunrise will be enjoyed on the terrace, followed by breakfast.

TICKETS: €25 for adults, €21 for seniors & students, €20 for HM Members. Tickets available from all Heritage Malta sites & museums, and ONLINE

Time: 20.00hrs (till 07.00hrs of the day after)

This event is suitable for ADULTS only (18+)



27 July

Members’ Event Żejtun Walking Tour



Visiting the recently restored Pandora Theatre, the Beland Band Club and the Żejtun Parish Museum.

Meeting place & time: 19.00hrs in front of the Żejtun Parish church.

TICKETS: complimentary for HM members / guests of members at €10 (on presentation of a valid membership card at the ticketing office). Tickets available from all Heritage Malta museums & sites on a first come, first served basis. 

For further assistance please call on 2395 4242 (during office hours).



International Exhibitions


I Fasti del Conte – Artemisia, Finoglio, Battistello, Stazione e altri alla corte di Gian
Girolamo Acquavia D’Aragona

Polo Museale della Citta di Conversano 
14 April – 30 September 2018

The exhibition reconstructs the content, type and extent of a historic collection that once belonged to the powerful Acquaviva d’Aragona noble family. The historic castle of Conversano, once family property, is the main venue of this major exhibition. Works from major Italian and European museums, including Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, private collections and others shall provide new insight into the history of seventeenth century collecting and collections development. 


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 ground-breaking 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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