The enthusiasm and interest shown at de Valette’s dagger exhibition inspired Heritage Malta in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, Paris, to extend this prestigious exhibition till the 7th of September.
de Valette’s dagger exhibition exceeded all expectations in terms of visitor numbers, especially local visitors. This is mainly due to the fact that this artefact returned back to Malta for the first time since 1798.
This exhibition, which is another hallmark in the series of high standard exhibitions organised by the national agency, forms part of the events marking Malta’s 2017 EU Presidency and Valletta as Capital City of Culture in 2018.
The exhibition is divided in three sections, with the main part focusing solely on the dagger. Complimenting the dagger there is also the sword which along with the dagger was gifted to Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette after the victory of the Great Siege. Although the sword could not travel without causing permanent damage due to complex conservation complex, visitors are able to view a 3D model of de Valette’s sword suspended in mid-air.
A selected number of other related exhibits from the national collection are featuring in this exhibition while a fully illustrated catalogue has also been published to accompany the display.
de Valette’s dagger exhibition is held at the National Museum of Archaeology till 7th September. The opening hours are from 9.00hrs till 18.00hrs, last admission at 17.30hrs every day. Admission to the exhibition is included in the museum’s regular ticket price.