Back Home Project – National Gallery of Art at Auberge d’Italie – The move of Heritage Malta’s National Museum of Fine Arts from its current location in South Street to the Auberge d’Italie is now well in hand. The museum’s curators, together with the museum’s library, have already relocated to the the Auberge. This will ensure the necessary on-site support services as the project moves ahead. The project is referred to as Back Home since the first Malta museum, including what was then the Fine Arts Section, was established at the Auberge d’Italie in 1925.
Għar Dalam – New air conditioners have been installed as well as a new roof coating has been applied to the didactic display hall. The leveling and resurfacing of the ramp from street level to museum entrance is also planned for the coming months. When completed this will facilitate access to disabled persons into the display areas. Plans for the new walkway and lighting system are well underway.
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum – Improved Lighting and AV control System: The current tour system at the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum was installed over a decade ago and requires updating so as to cater for new advancements in technology ensuring that the visitor experience at this stirling site will continue to be an optimal one. A new tour system will be designed in such a way as to enable the integration of the various systems in place into one coherent system, including audio guides, audio visual, and tour lighting system.
Tarxien Temples – Boundary wall: The Tarxien Temples are currently undergoing extensive works related to conservation and visitor experience, through the installation of a protective shelter and a new extended walkway respectively. To further improve the area, Heritage Malta is investing in the replacement of a temporary stone and wire fence installed in the 90s in the field behind Tarxien Temples. This field, part of which will be landscaped and part of which will host the new Tarxien Visitor Centre, will soon boast a strong but elegant concrete and iron wall which will complement both the site and the neighbourhood whilst ensuring the security and safety of the site, its visitors and passers-by.
Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra Temples – Visitor Centre layout: It has already been 3 years since the launch of a Visitor Centre for Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra and Heritage Malta has now seen that the building will better cater for visitor needs by tweaking the layout of visitor services within this building. Minor internal amendments to the building will provide a larger souvenir shop and cafeteria, more space for ticketing and information services, as well as temporary exhibitions within the foyer of the building.
National Museum of Natural History Replacement of wooden beams: Four rooms on the upper floors of the museum have been replaced as well as a new covering of roof membrane on same roofs. Electrical supply and other services were installed and two of these rooms will be used as labs, one for the storage of the Conchology collection and one will host the library. On the same floor another room is being refurbished and will hold the wet collection. Restoration work is being carried out on the balustrades, roofs and walls of the museum, weathered stones are being replaced and the pointing of walls on the upper parts of the internal courtyard is well underway.