Events Archive – 2013

The Great Auk – Extinction is Forever… or is it?

2 December – 31 January

NMNH-poster1An exhibition on the Great Auk which sadly became extinct in the late 1800s. The last known breeding pair was killed on the island of Eldey (Iceland) in June 1844. It used to winter in southern waters including the Mediterranean Sea and may have also visited the Maltese coastline.

The theme of the exhibition is Extinction and apart from various and varied material pertaining to the Great Auk there will also be an emphasis on Maltese species of flora and fauna that have became extinct or are facing extinction.

The exhibition includes original prints, publications, newspapers and other paraphernalia from the National Collection and a private collection.

At the National Museum of Natural History. Opening hours 09.00 – 17.00hrs. Entrance is included in price of ticket to the museum.


Graffiti Marittimi Maltin

3 January

An event for children aged between 9 and 13 years old.

Participants will be taking part in a hands-on workshop after being introduced to the historical significance of Graffiti throughout history and the different methods of creating graffiti.

Participants will work on their own artwork (drawings or text), depending on what message each wants to convey. This will be turned into a stencil on cardboard. When the stencil is finished, the drawing or text will be transferred by the use of spray/paint on a stone slab which can be taken home.

This event will take place from 10.00 till 12.00hrs at the Malta Maritime Museum. Limited places available. To book a place please send an e-mail on with the name/age of the child. Participation price is  €5 (payment by Culture Card accepted). HM members pay €4.50.

A certificate of participation valid for the ‘School Leaving Certificate’ will be issued after the session.

For this event, payment by Culture Card will be accepted.


Winter Solstice  

21 December

Experience the Winter Solstice from Mnajdra Temples.

Also includes a tour of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples and a visit to the Visitor Centre.

Tickets can be purchased from all HM sites/museums for the price of €15 per person and €10 for HM, ICOM and ICOMOS members.

Meeting time is 06.30hrs in front of the Visitor Centre. Limited places available.

For further information call Heritage Malta on 21424231.


Fort St Angelo – National and Cinematic Icon

11 October  –  20 December

Fort St Angelo is considered the flagship of Maltese fortifications, and over the years has established itself as an irreplaceable icon of Malta’s identity.

This exhibition portrays various examples of memorabilia which display Fort St Angelo as one of Malta’s most popular views, such as postcards, posters, coins and stamps. In the early 20th century, one of Malta’s first Naval cinemas was built within the fort. In collaboration with the Cinema Heritage Group, this exhibition also offers an evocative historic overview of the cinema in Fort St Angelo with the aid of several original artefacts and film footage relating to cinema heritage in Malta.

At the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu. Open daily from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last entry 16.30hrs).


The Royal Watercolour Society in Malta 

6 November – 15 December

At Auberge d’Italie, Valletta

Opening times:

– Monday to Friday from 09.00 till 17.00hrs

– Saturday from 09.00 till 12.30hrs


‘Fort St Angelo’s Naval Cinema and ‘Sons of the Sea’, a 1925 silent film’

7 December

A public lecture about the Naval Cinema within the walls of Fort St Angelo which was in use between the 1920s and early 1970s.

During the evening there will also be a screening of the first ever movie to be partly shot in Malta: ‘Sons of the Sea’, a silent movie dating back to 1925 with a live soundtrack by Frank Bonnici.

The event will take place at The Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu at 18.30hrs.

Admission is free of charge however only limited number of places are available. To reserve your seat please email on Bookings open until Wednesday 4th December.


Open Day

13 December

An opportunity for the general public to visit the newly inaugurated Ġgantija Archaeological Heritage Park for free. The Interpretation Centre contains key archaeological findings from the Ġgantija and the Xagħra Stone Circle, shedding light on the culture of the creators of the temples and artifacts made over 5,000 years ago.

While at Xagħra, you can also visit Ta’ Kola Windmill for free. Ta’ Kola is one of Malta’s last surviving windmills as well as home to several generations of millers dating back to the 18th century.

In Malta, the Inquisitor’s Palace will also be open for free. This unique palace in Malta still contains the Inquisitor’s Chambers, the prisons and an ethnographic collection of religious traditions. The exhibition ‘Fort St Angelo – National and Cinematic Icon’ will also be on display during the open day.

10% discount on Heritage Malta membership, and special offers on various merchandise.

Opening Hours: 09.00 – 17.00hrs.

Click here to learn more about this Open Day 


Crucible and Welded Steel Patterns on Oriental Weapons 

23 November

A public lecture by Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani, organised as part of the third edition of the Malta Historical Fencing Association International Meeting, which is being partly held at the Palace Armoury in Valletta.

The event is in collaboration with Heritage Malta and under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency Dr George Abela, President of Malta.

In the Dining Room at the President’s Palace. Time: 10.30hrs.

Entrance is free of charge.


Dig the Dust!

1 November

An excellent opportunity to dig through layers of soil, just like archaeologists! Through a simulation of archaeological excavation participants will learn some basic principles of archaeology, including the use of different tools and techniques of excavation.

At Għar Dalam, B’Bugia.  Limited Places.  By booking only. Recommended age: 10-14 years.  Price: €5 (Culture card accepted); HM members: €4.50.

A certificate of participation will be presented after the session.


Keeping the Tradition of the Brilli Game

1 November

Curious to know what this game is all about? Then, do not miss this opportunity which will see you prepare your own set of ‘brilli’, by recycling plastic bottles.  Learn the rules of this traditional game and participate in a tournament.

At the Inquisitor’s Palace, Birgu.  Limited Places.  By booking only. Recommended age: 10-14 years.  Price: €5 (Culture card accepted); HM members: €4.50.

A certificate of participation will be presented after the session.


Open Day at Ġgantija Visitor Centre

1 November

In conjunction with the European Heritage Days 2013, Heritage Malta is organising an open day on Friday 1st November at the newly inaugurated Ggantija Temples Heritage Park, which now also incorporates an interpretation centre focusing on Gozo’s prehistory. Visitors will encounter new and exciting interpretation material on our prehistoric ancestors.

Both the interpretation centre & the temple site will be open to the public for free.

Open from 09.00 till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).


Ġgantija 2013 Childrens’ Workshops

1 November (Malta) / 2 November (Gozo)

Workshops for children aged 9-12 years, organized by Ars Vitae Ensemble.  Activities will include painting using natural pigments, clay. Cost: €7 and will cover all materials, resources and the firing of the terracotta pieces.  Culture Card accepted. A certificate of participation will also be awarded to all attendees. Three different workshops will be held, two in Malta and one in Gozo:

Malta: on the 1st of Nov at the National Museum of Archeology, Valletta. First workshop from 09.00hrs till 11.00hrs while the second workshop will commence at 12.00hrs till 14.00hrs.

Gozo: on the 2nd of Nov at the Ġgantija Temples in Xaghra from 10.00hrs till 12.00hrs.

Workshops can be booked via email on or mobile 79594508.  Limited spaces. No further bookings will be taken after Monday 28th October.


Mixja ta’ Poplu

5 October – 5 November

 “Mixja ta’ Poplu” will take visitors on a journey along the milestones marking the most significant eras and episodes in the recent history of the nation including Independence Day, Republic Day, Freedom Day and Malta’s accession to the EU by means of a number of projections and artefacts related to the particular era or event.

In the basement of Auberge de Castille and open daily from 09.00 till 16.00hrs.

Admission free.


Maltese Landscapes

4 – 15 October

Maltese landscapes have been a constant source of inspiration for artists to copy, interpret or rethink. They have been and are still popular with visitors to the islands who look for mementoes to take home with them. Maltese landscapes have been eagerly collected as evidence of a nostalgic past, oftentimes lost.

The National Museum of Fine Arts presents the first in a series of exhibitions aimed at revisiting well-known themes in Maltese art history. The ArtiMalta series, as the sequence of exhibitions shall be known, will showcase Maltese landscapes by different artists.

At  Auberge D’Italie, Merchant Street, Valletta. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 08.30 – 17.00hrs / Saturday and Sunday – 08.30 – 12.45hrs


8 September and its Meaning to the Maltese

1 September – 31 October

A few selected pieces from the reserve collection will be on show depicting key events in Maltese history which have occurred on the 8 September:

– 1565 The Lifting of the Great Siege

– 1800 French capitulation after the 2 year siege

– 1943 Italian amnesty to the allied forces and subsequent surrender of the Italian fleet in Malta.

At the Malta Maritime Museum. Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 9.00 -17.00hrs.


From the Reserve Collection: The Body in Art

1 September – 20 October

We have them but rarely exhibit them… for many reasons! The museum’s reserve collection includes works that are oftentimes featured in temporary exhibitions or occasionally exhibited.

The Body in Art is the chosen theme for a display of works of art by Antonio Sciortino, Edward Caruana Dingli, Joseph Briffa, Edward Pirotta, Vincent Apap and the more contemporary Antony Calleja and Patrick Dalli.

At The Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta.  Opening hours: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last entry 16.30hrs)


Opening of Ta’ Mintna Catacombs

13 October

These catacombs which are not normally open to the public are found in Misraħ Ġublew tad-Djamanti at Mqabba. The catacombs will be open from 10.00 – 14.00hrs as part of a morning of activities organised by the Mqabba Local Council.

For further information please contact 21231236.



11, 12 October

Wander through the winding corridors of the Inquisitor’s Palace at night. The Palace which holds the National Museum of Ethnography, as well as the Malta Maritime Museum, will be will be open till midnight on both nights.

Entrance to both museum will be at the combined reduced rate of €2. HM Members enter for Free.

Click here for more information regarding HM’s participation in this year’s Birgufest.


The Fortifications Harbour Tour – by pre-booking only

12 October

Heritage Malta is again offering a guided tour of the Harbour area by boat, taking you into the various creeks around the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett, such as French Creek, Marsa Creek and Lazaretto. The tour will focus on the fortifications built during the Knights of St John and later modified by the British, depicting its history and importance to the Islands defense and economy during the Great siege and the two World Wars. Guides will be Matthew Balzan, curator of Fort St Angelo, and Mario Casha.

The tour will start from the Birgu waterfront at 10.00hrs and ends at the same place two hours later. A Bar will be available on board.

Tickets can be purchased from all HM sites and museums at €15 for adults, €13 for Seniors & Students, and €10 for children.


Superheroes, Villains and Nature

12 October

Get inspired by Nature and create your own Comic Character. Discover how nature has inspired some of our most memorable comic heroes, from Spiderman and Batman to vicious villains such as Sabretooth and The Lizard. Then join Wicked Comics to draw your own characters and put together a comic strip.

Participants can take part in the competition which will be judged at the Malta Comics Con at St James Cavalier on Sunday, 1 December. Prizes will be given out on the day.

At the National Museum of Natural History from 14.00 till 17.00hrs.  Limited Places available.  By booking only. Recommended age: 7+.  Price: €5 (Culture card accepted); HM members: €4.50.

A certificate of participation will be presented after the session.


HM Members’ Tour of Tarxien Temples

11 October

Discovered 100 years ago, the Tarxien Temples are best known for the remains of four Neolithic Temples dating to between 3600 and 2500 BC as well as the remains of a Bronze Age Cremation Cemetery dating to between 2400 and 1500 BC. But among the pages of the old excavation reports and hidden under the soil, there is a wealth of information which is not yet widely known.

As part of the celebrations for the centenary of the Tarxien Temples, Heritage Malta invites its members to a tour with a difference. You will have the unique opportunity of leaving the visitor route to see the recently excavated archaeological trenches and learn about what has been discovered so far. This will be followed by a walk around the site on the newly extended walkway in which the site’s curator will describe old and new discoveries within the Temples themselves.

This event is free however one has to collect a ticket prior to the event from any HM site / museum. By booking only – limited places. Comfortable sturdy shoes are recommended. Time: 17:00hrs.



5 October

The following Valletta Museums will be open for free:

– National Museum of Fine Arts

– National Museum of Archaeology

– Palace Armoury & State Rooms

Opening times: 18:00 – 02:00 hrs

(Please note that these museums’ daytime hours will be shorter on the Saturday – closing time 14.30hrs)

Heritage Malta to launch two exhibitions during Notte Bianca


Autumn Equinox at Mnajdra Temples

22 September

Experience the Autumn Equinox from Mnajdra Temples.

Tickets can be purchased from all HM sites/museums for the price of €15 per person and €10 for HM members and will include a tour of Mnajdra and Hagar Qim Temples and access to the Visitor Centre.

Meeting time is 6.00am at Hagar Qim Temples. Limited places.

For further information contact 21424231.


Malta Bartitsu Seminar

21-22 September

A seminar offering instruction in Bartitsu, arguably the first mixed martial art system, combining styles from the East and the West.  Practiced for self defence purposes in the 19th century, everyday objects such as walking sticks and hats were used, and Bartitsu even got a mention in a Sherlock Holmes story.

Instruction is given by Prof. Mark P. Donnelly. Organized by The Malta Historical Fencing Association and The Bujinkan Malta Dojo. At the Malta Maritime Museum 09.00 – – 16.30hrs.

Price: €40 for both days; €25 for Saturday only.  Limited Places.

For Booking and further information: or


The Bailli de Suffren and the Knights of the Order of Malta

9 – 20 September

An exhibition to be hosted at the Town Hall ‘Despas Jean Boulevard Vasserot’, Saint-Tropez between the 9 September 2013 and the 20 September 2013.


Members’ Tour of the Conservation Laboratories

19 September

Conservation is about dealing with change.  All objects change and conservators and conservation scientists study how these changes impact an artefact.  Some changes are gradual like the patina on our stone buildings, while some can be sudden such as a tear on a garment.  Conservators need to decide on whether or what interventions should be made to an object, such as repairs, environmental control and cleaning.

Get to know more about the ethics and techniques behind Heritage Conservation by visiting the Heritage Malta Conservation and Science Laboratories in Bighi.  Members will be able to view a normal working day within the Laboratories, talk to the Conservators and view objects that are undergoing analysis and treatment in our Laboratories.

At 09.30hrs. Duration of Event will be approximately 3hrs. There will be a short coffee break.

Limited Places available. In order to book a place please email

Membership renewals made at Head Office during this event will be at a 10% discount.


Conference: Caring for our Cultural Heritage

13 September

Heritage Malta will present papers on the latest research, conservation work and excavations being carried out by the agency. 

At the Aula Magna, Old University, Valletta.

Entrance is free, however prior registration is required.

Register by email on


Open Day

8 September

Visit the following Heritage Malta museums for free:

– Malta Maritime Museum

– National War Museum

During the day you can also visit the Palace Armoury & State Rooms at half the normal admission fee.

Benefit from a 10% discount on Heritage Malta membership made at these museums during the open day and get free entry to HM sites throughout the year.

Opening Times: 9.00 -17.00hrs.

Click here for further information.


The Fortifications Harbour Tour

6 September

A guided tour of the Harbour area by boat, taking you into the various creeks around the Grand Harbour and Marsamxett, such as French Creek, Marsa Creek and Lazaretto. The tour will focus on the fortifications built during the Knights of St John and later modified by the British, depicting its history and importance to the Islands defence and economy during the Great siege and the two World Wars.

The tour starts from the Birgu waterfront and ends at the same place. A Bar will be available on board. Guides will be Matthew Balzan, curator of Fort St Angelo, and Mario Casha.

Tickets, available on a first come first serve basis, can be purchased from all HM sites and museums.

Prices: Adults: €15; Seniors/ Students: €13; HM Members: €12; Children: €10.

Time: 19:00 – 21:00hrs.

For further information please call HM on 23954242.


Excavation Open Weekend at Għajn Tuffieħa Roman Baths (reservation required prior to event)

31 Aug – 1 Sept

An opportunity to join a real life excavation.

Only a maximum of 8 participants can be accepted.

You can reserve a place by emailing:

From 07.30 – 13.00hrs.

This event is free.


OPEN DAY at Gozo Citadel Museums

15 August

All Heritage Malta Museums in the Citadel, Gozo, will open for free on the feast of Santa Marija. These are:

The Folklore Museum / Gozo Museum of Archaeology / Gozo Nature Museum / Old Prison

Pick up a children’s quest of the Citadel. The quest will guide them around the 4 museums through a series of questions on what they see. Quests can be picked up from the Gozo Museum of Archeology. Quests are in English or Maltese.

10% discount is being offered on Heritage Malta membership.

Opening Times: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last entry 16.30hrs)



2 – 31 July

An exhibition curated by Austin Camilleri for the Malta Arts Festival, SWIM will explore issues of peripheral identities, geopolitics and territory. A reflective flux of ideas by prominent Maltese and international contemporary artists : Alicia Eggert + Mike Fleming, Pierre Portelli, Denis Pondruel, Ulrika Sparre, Pawl Carbonaro, Adrian Abela, Filippo Leonardi, Strijdom van der Merwe.

At the Malta Maritime Museum. Opening hours daily from 09.00hrs till 17.00hrs, last entry 16.30hrs. Admission Free.


Sunset Heritage Trail at Hagar Qim Park

19 July

Sunset Heritage Trail - July 2013An opportunity to explore the area in more tranquillity as it will be void of the large number of visitors normally present during the day. The heritage trail will include a tour of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, and visits to the Misqa Tanks, the Congreve Memorial and the nearby Hamrija Tower. The event will end with a coffee break and a guided tour of the visitor centre.

Participants are to meet with a Heritage Malta representative at 18:45 (at the site’s main car park, outside the visitor centre).

Tickets for this event are priced at priced at €12 for adults, while HM members, students, and senior citizens pay only €10. Children under the age of 12 enter for free. Tickets are limited and can be bought from all of Heritage Malta’s sites and museums prior to the event.


Specialised Tour of the Mattia Preti exhibition by Senior Curator Sandro Debono

4 July

Senior Curator Sandro Debono will be giving quite a few interesting insights into the exhibition during this specialised tour.

The tour will commence at 19.00hrs and complimentary drinks will be served.

Tickets available from all HM museums and sites at €10 for adults and €7 concessions & HM Members.


Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity – The Palace State Rooms, Valletta

4 May – 7 July

Inaugurated in Taverna (Calabria) on Mattia Preti’s 400th birthday, this exhibition is the product of a joint collaboration between the National Museum of Fine Arts and Museo Civico di Taverna, with paintings loaned from leading European Insitutions, including the Prado (Spain), the Louvre (Paris), Museo di Capodimonte (Naples), Musei Vaticani (the Vatican, Rome), Uffizi (Florence).

The exhibition will be on display at the PALACE STATE ROOMS -till Sunday 7th July, 2013.

Opening times from 10.00hrs till 16.00hrs (last admission at 15.30hrs)

Click here for admission prices

Click here to visit Heritage Malta’s Mattia Preti website


Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE

21 March – 7 July

Organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in collaboration with Heritage Malta. Exhibition of funerary and ritual objects pertaining to the late temple period. Exhibition includes sculptures in stone and clay, decorative architectural reliefs, historic drawings, watercolours, and photographs.

At the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York.

For further information visit

Click here to view images of this exhibition


Open Day at St Paul’s Catacombs

29 June

St Paul’s Catacombs will be open for free on the 29th of June, St Peter & St Paul public holiday. Three guided tours in Maltese will take place at 10.30am, 11.30am and 14.00pm.

Opening hours from 09.00hrs till 17.00hrs. Last entry at 16.30hrs. 10% discount on HM Membership will be available during the open day from St Paul’s Catacombs.

Click HERE for more details


Summer Solstice

21 June

Experience the Summer Solstice from either Mnajdra or Hagar Qim Temples.

After the Solstice there will be a tour of the Visitor Centre and refreshments.

Tickets can be purchased from all HM sites/museums for the price of €15 per person and €10 for HM members and concessions. Limited places.

For further information contact 21424231.


Gallery Talks: ‘Mattia Preti Faith and Humanity’

May – June 2013

A series of Friday evening gallery talks in conjunction with the Mattia Preti exhibition.

At the Palace State Rooms from 18:00 till 20:30hrs.

Tickets: €8 for adults / €5 for HM Members, Students, Seniors & Children.

Click here for more details


Annual Seminar at the Malta Maritime Museum

16 June

The Friends of Heritage Malta’s Malta Maritime Museum will be organizing their annual seminar on Sunday 16th June between 09.30hrs and 12.00hrs.

The seminar will feature three speakers who have distinguished themselves in the field of Maltese maritime history; former curator Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez, Professor Stanley Fiorini and Stephanie Said.

Admission is free of charge.

For more information one should call the Malta Maritime Museum on 21809090 or visit the official Facebook page.


Open Day at Inquisitor’s Palace

7 June

Visit the Inquisitor’s Palace in Birgu for free during the Sette Giugno public holiday. The Malta Maritime Museum, also in Birgu, will be open at a discounted rate of 3 Euro per person.

Opening hours from 09.00hrs till 17.00hrs.

Last entry 16.30hrs.

10% discount on HM Membership from this museum only.


Jum Bizzilla fit-Triq

2 June

Live lace-making at the National Museum of Natural History from 09.00 till 16.30hrs

Throughout the day, lace makers will be working on their trajbu in the front courtyard and on the museum pavement where visitors can mingle with the lace workers and learn more about this traditional craft. The event is organized by Klabb tal-Bizzilla Maltija in collaboration with Heritage Malta.


Excavation Open Weekend at Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths

1 – 2 June

An opportunity to join a real life excavation. Only a maximum of 8 participants can be accepted.

You can reserve a place by emailing:

From 09.00 – 13.00hrs. This event if free of charge.


HM Bateman: The Man who Loved Gozo

12 April – 31 May

Exhibition of works by HM Bateman. Focusing mainly on the watercolours he produced during his time in Gozo, the exhibition also makes reference to his output as a popular British cartoonist.

At the Ministry for Gozo.

Opening times: Mon-Fri from 8.30 till 16.30hrs, last entry 16.00hrs.


Public Lecture: In Honour of Mattia Preti

30 May

Professor Craig Felton, Smith College (Northampton, Massachusetts) will be delivering his lecture at the Preti halls of the museum; a fitting venue for a most welcome tribute.

Professor Felton is a widely acclaimed, international scholar who is also one of the many contributors to the catalogue for the exhibition ‘Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity’ currently on at the Palace, Valletta.

At the National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta. Time: 18.45hrs.


Life at Sea

19 May

Live sword fighting and the firing of muskets, hand cannons and other artillery to shiver ye timbers.

Each visitor will be able to experience life at sea in Malta in the 15th, 18th and 19th Century. Visitors to the museum will get the chance to handle replica weapons, experience the live firing of muskets, hand cannons and artillery pieces. And for the first time at the Malta Maritime Museums live sword fighting will take place. As always, the authentic 18th century kitchen will be open for guests to get a chance to taste food aboard in the golden age of sail.

At the Malta Maritime Museum from 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last entry: 16.30hrs).

Admission free of charge.


HM Members’ Evening Tour of the exhibition ‘Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity’

17 May (for members only)

Join Senior Curator Sandro Debono and HM Exhibitions Manager Pierre Bonello on a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition ‘Mattia Preti – Faith and Humanity’ hosted by the Palace State Rooms. The tour will not only give insights on the paintings and the life of Preti, but also describe the work behind the setting up of this prestigious exhibition.

This event will commence at 19.00hrs and is free of charge.

Members can book their tickets from any HM museum or site. Limited places available.


FREE entry to the Citadel Museums during Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana

10 & 11 May

The four Citadel Museums: Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Gozo Nature Museum, Old Prison and Folklore Museum will open free of charge after hours during the two nights of ‘Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana’.

Opening time from 19:00hrs till midnight.

Click here for more details

Mattia Preti Contemporaneo – Lectio Magistralis


New Design, Narrative and Media in Museum Design

10 May

The Institute for Tourism, Travel and Culture of the University of Malta and Heritage Malta invite the general public to a presentation on ‘New design, narrative and media in Museum Design’.

The presentation will be delivered by Tim Gardom and Peter Higgins. Tim Gardom is an interpretive planner and Peter Higgins is a design consultant. Both have decades of experience in creating museum, exhibitions and visitor centres in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

The event will be held at the National Museum of Archaeology on Friday 10th May at 18.00hrs. Entrance is free of charge however prior registration is required since places are limited. To register email to or call 23402722.

For more information click here (pdf)


A public lecture in Italian by Professor Luigi Tassoni

2 May

Prof. Luigi Tassoni is the director of the Istituto di Romanistica, University of Pcs, Hungary, and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Science. He is the author of two volumes on Mattia Preti, published in 1989 and 1990, besides many other scientific collaborations on numerous essays on the same subject.

At the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta at 18.30hrs. This event is free.

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Who are you? Int min int?

29 March – 5 May

Ten works from the Reserve Collection chosen to represent people living in Malta both from past and present. The main exhibits are portrait busts by twentieth-century pioneers, including Antonio Sciortino, George Borg and Vincent Apap.

At the National Museum of Fine Arts, South Street. Opening times: 9.00hrs – 17.00hrs (last entry: 16.30hrs). Entrance Free.


Heritage Malta OPEN DAY

21 April

HM 10th anniversary logoDid you know that 2013 marks Heritage Malta’s 10th anniversary? To celebrate this occasion, all HM’s museums and open sites (except for the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum) will be open to the general public for free on SUNDAY 21st April.

During the open day, visitors will receive a 10% discount on HM’s membership scheme.

Click here for more information on HM’s membership

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Carracks in general & especially those of the Hospitallers of Rhodes & of Malta

20 April

Heritage Malta, together with the Friends of the Maritime Museum, are organising a talk by Prof Magisteur Robert l. Dauber, an eminent scholar who has done extensive research on the Gran Carracks of the Order of St. John.

Prof Dauber’s talk will be followed by a presentation by Joseph Abela, Keeper of Models at the Malta Maritime Museum, who is currently working on a model of the Sant’ Anna, a grand carrack of the Hospitallers used during the first years of the Order in Malta.

This activity will be held at the Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa on Saturday the 20th April 2013 at 10.30 a.m. The general public is invited to attend. Admission is fee of charge.

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Mattia Preti Re-Discovered

18 April

Heritage Malta and Istituto Italiano di Cultura present the results of the scientific investigations carried out on Mattia Preti’s Martyrdom of St Catherine of Alexandria at the National Museum of Fine Arts. Speakers include senior curator Sandro Debono and conservator David Frank Bugeja. At the Istituto Italiano di Cultura at 18.30hrs.

The scientific results will also feature in the exhibition ‘Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity’ opening at the State Rooms, The Palace (Valletta) on 3rd May.

For more information visit the related Facebook Event.


Opening of Ta’ Hagrat Temples during Festa Frawli

14 April

Festa Frawli is a day-long event organized by the Mgarr Local Council where local farmers and artisans sell their produce and of course strawberries and dishes made with strawberries. During this event Heritage Malta takes the opportunity to encourage locals and foreigners to visit the World Heritage Site of Ta’ Hagrat Temples, at the reduced price of €1.

The site will be open between 09.00hrs – 17.00hrs.

Tours in Maltese: 09.00, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00hrs.

Tours in English: 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00hrs.


Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths Open Day

14 April

Tours are being organized around the Ghajn Tuffieha Roman period baths complex. Visitors will be able to examine the remains and to meet the archaeologists who will explain the excavation works taking place on this site. BY BOOKING ONLY.

Tours will be conducted at 09.00, 10.00, 11:00 and 12:00 hrs with groups not larger than 12 people. Children must be accompanied.

For booking please contact Mr. Ivan Bezzina by email on

For further information visit the Ghajn Tuffieha Baths – Rebaca Project Facebook page.


Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths: Excavation Open Weekend

13 – 14 April

Interested individuals who would like to participate on an authentic archaeological excavation may join the archaeological team during this weekend.

Pre-booking is essential. Minimum of 4 and up to 8 volunteers per day will be accepted. Subject to weather conditions. Between 07.30-12.30 hours. Children must be over age 12 and anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

In order to book please contact Mr. Josef Caruana on

For further information visit the Ghajn Tuffieha Baths – Rebaca Project Facebook page.


The Influence of Nature on Arms and Armour – during Medieval Mdina

13 – 14 April

Medieval Mdina is a weekend long event organized by the Mdina Local Council. The National Museum of Natural History has put up this exhibition for the occasion, which will highlight nature’s influence on arms and armour through time. A number of activities for children related to this theme will also be held as part of Medieval Mdina.

Special reduced prices: Adults/ Seniors/ Students €2.50. HM members and children under 12 years enter for free.

Opening times:

13 April: 09.00 – 21.00hrs (last entrance at 20.30hrs)

14 April: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last entrance at 16.30hrs)


In the Sign of the Cross: Redemption and Inspiration

22 March – 7 April

An exhibition focusing on the Crucifix theme. Symbol of faith and icon for centuries of battle, this temporary display focuses on the representation of the cross and its popular cult in the last century with a representative sample of modern and contemporary artworks.

Opening Times: Monday-Sunday 9.30 -18.00hrs, last entry 17.45hrs.

At Heritage Malta Showcase, Melita Street, Valletta. Entrance free.


A Taste of France in South America: Maltese Naturalists in South America

23 – 31 March

An exhibition highlighting the recent expedition and scientific research carried out by the NMNH in French Guiana. Showing photographs, insect specimens, a large diorama depicting various wildlife from French Guiana, an 8 minute documentary and a display of the equipment used, this exhibition gives insights into the work of naturalists and the wildlife in this part of the world.

At the National Museum of Natural History, Mdina.

Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 09.00 – 17.00hrs (last admission 16.30hrs).


Spring Equinox

20 March

Experience the Spring Equinox sunrise from Mnajdra Temples.

Tickets can be purchased from all HM sites/museums for the price of €15 per person and €10 for HM members and will include a tour of Mnajdra Temples and access to the Visitor Centre.

Limited places.

For further information contact 21424231.



19 March

Visit the following sites for free:

– Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park

A day of activities and fun at Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples and Visitor Centre, including guided tours, lectures by various students who concentrated their studies on the temples, a taste of food prepared with ingredients which were available in the Neolithic, and a treasure hunt for the young and young at heart.

Opening Times 09.00 – 17.00hrs.

– Domus Romana

The mosaic pavements in the Domvs Romana at Rabat rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily.

Tours will be offer in Maltese at 10.15hrs, 10.30hrs, 14.15hrs and 14.45hrs.

Opening hours 09.00hrs – 17.00hrs.


Sleep-over at Hagar Qim – Members’ Event

18 and 19 March

A tour of Hagar Qim by torchlight, followed by a sleep-over at Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Visitor Centre to wake up to the Spring Equinox at Mnajdra Temples.

A family film filmed in Malta in the 1960s will be shown after pizza in the evening and breakfast will follow the morning tour.

Tickets for HM Members: Adults €15 and Children €10 (7 – 12 years). Guests of HM Members: Adults €20 and Children €10 (7 – 13 years). Up to 2 children per adult and the minimum age for this event is 7 years.

Tickets are for sale from all HM museums and sites. Booking closes on 12th March. For further information call HM on 23954242 or 23954310.


Ghajn Tuffieha Roman Baths: Excavation weekend

16 and 17 March

Interested individuals who would like to participate in an authentic archaeological excavation may join the archaeological team during Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March.

The excavations will be held between 07.30-12.30 hours.

Please click here for more details


Birds in Art presentation by Brian Grima

14 March

Brian Grima is an established artist. He showed interest in art at a very young age and studied the subject at the School of Art and later at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Firenze (Italy). Now a full-time professional artist, Brian’s work can be found in private collections both locally and abroad. In this presentation, Brian will take us on a tour of how man portrayed birds in art down the ages in Europe.

Participation is free and no booking is required. The event will take place at the National Museum of Natural History at 18.30hrs.


Back Home

28 February

HM Members are invited to a presentation by the senior curator of the National Museum of Fine Arts about the move from its current location in South Street to the Auberge d’Italie. Auberge d’Italie housed Malta’s first national museum, giving birth to the Fine Arts section. The curator will explain the project and the plans for the museum in its new location. Members are invited to give their feedback on the project during the presentation and over drinks afterwards.

This event is free of charge and will be held at the National Museum of Fine Arts, South Street, Valletta, at 18.30hrs.

Tickets are available from all Heritage Malta’s sites and museums. Only members can attend this event.

For more information on the Back Home Project, please click here.


“The Art and Craft of Masonry Construction – Design, Stereotomy & Conservation

Heritage Malta will be organising an international conference and exhibition as part of the Lithos Project. For more information click here.

The inauguration of the exhibition will be held on 21st February 2013 at the St Angelo Hall, Malta Maritime Museum, Birgu at 1800hrs. The conference will be held on 22nd February 2013 at the same venue and includes speakers from all project partners.

Registration is free of charge and can be effected by sending an email to by not later than the 15th February 2013.

Both Final Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Malta Maritime Museum.


Back to Life: Latest Conservation Projects by Heritage Malta

28 January – 23 February

View paintings, ceramics, glass, books, textiles and other objects which have undergone restoration by Heritage Malta’s Conservation Division. This exhibition will give the viewer a greater understanding of the values and techniques which go into conserving and restoring different materials and artefacts.

At the Heritage Malta Showcase in Melita Street, Valletta.

Entrance free.

Click here for more information



14 December – 17 February

An exhibition of new works by Paul Haber. These ceramic works mark a departure from his previous work although they still bear the imprint and ingenious execution which is part of his signature.

At the Loggia, National Museum of Fine Arts. Opening Times: 09.00-17.00hrs.

Entrance to exhibition is free.


Dwarves and Giants

15 February

Public lecture organized by BirdLife Malta in collaboration with the Natural History Unit of Heritage Malta.

John J. Borg (Senior Curator) will take us back to the paleo-environment of Malta during the Ice Age when our island’s fauna included pygmy elephants and giant swans. The lecture will focus on the remains of birds found in various deposits.

At the National Museum of Natural History, Mdina at 18.30hrs.


St. Paul’s Scripture, Folklore and Archaeology Heritage Trail

10 February

Heritage Malta will be organising a heritage trail inclusive of visits to St. Paul’s Catacombs and San Pawl Milqi on Sunday the 10th of February, the feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck.

Tickets for this event, priced at 12 Euro per adult and 10 Euro for Heritage Malta members, are available from all of Heritage Malta’s museums and sites in Malta and Gozo. Participants are to group in front of the MEPA headquarters in St Francis Ravelin Street Floriana at 09.00hrs. Transport back to Floriana will be provided at the end of the tour at circa 13.30hrs. For further information please call Heritage Malta on 23954242 or 79734490.

Click here for more information


Excavate (Gozo)

26 January

Have you ever dreamt of being an archaeologist? Was it ever your wish to participate in an excavation? Well this is your chance. Participants will be shown how to excavate on a miniature archaeological site, going through the whole process from taking photos, to drawing plans, to extracting artefacts and remains, up to labeling and packing; all while taking careful and meticulous measurements. Having done this, the budding archaeologists will then have to interpret the remains they uncovered and write an archaeological report. In just a few words: get ready for an experience of discovery and excitement!

At the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, The Citadel. Price: €5. Culture Card accepted. Age: 10-14 years. Maximum number of Participants: 20.

Booking required by emailing:


Introduction to Nature Photography Parts 1 and 2

3 January & 11 February

An opportunity which all budding photographers and nature lovers will not want to miss.

During the first part, participants will learn about the different parts of a digital camera and how to make best use of its features. They will then be guided to take photos of nature and post them to the lecturer.

In the second part, the photos sent will be analyzed during the session and the best will be uploaded on Ghar Dalam’s Facebook page and the National Museum of Natural History blog.

Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum. Price: €5. Culture Card accepted. Age: 10-14 years. Maximum number of Participants: 20.

Attendance is required for both sessions. Booking required by emailing


Il-Pittur Mattia Preti f’Malta u r-Rabat

2 February

The Choir and Orchestra Paulus, in collaboration with Heritage Malta, are organising a lecture on the 17th century artist Mattia Preti, by Prof. Keith Sciberras and Msgr. Gwann Azzopardi.

This lecture is part of the Agape Festival and will be delivered in Maltese.

At 19.30hrs, St Publius Church, Rabat.