The Palace State Rooms

Ever since its construction by the Order of St John, this Palace was richly embellished with collections of works of art and heritage items, some of which still grace its walls. While some of these were purposely produced to form part of the historic fabric of the building, others were acquired, transferred or presented at different times throughout the chequered history of the Palace.

Destined for grandiosity, right from its beginning, this Palace was one of the first buildings which were constructed at the heart of the new city of Valletta, founded by Grand Master Jean de Valette. Successive Grand Masters enlarged and developed this building to serve as their official residence. Later, during the British Period, it served as the Governor’s Palace, and was the seat of Malta’s first constitutional parliament in 1921.

During the heavy attacks on the city in the Second World War, the Palace suffered considerable damage. However, competent repairs after the devastating air-raids of February and April 1942, helped to revive the prime national and stately function of the building. The Palace subsequently became the seat of Malta’s Legislative Assembly set up in 1947, Malta’s first Parliament following Independence in 1964, and consecutive legislatures till the present day. Presently, the Palace is the seat of the Office of the President of Malta.

Among the distinguished collections, visitors can view the most comprehensive visual narrative of the Great Siege of 1565 painted by Matteo Perez d’Aleccio, the only complete and intact set of the famous 18th century French Gobelins tapestries entitled “Les Teintures des Indes”, and the late 18th century Baroque illusionistic ceiling paintings, which reflect the pageantry and grandeur of the Grand Masters who indulged in imitating the great aristocratic courts of Europe. A portrait gallery of the various rulers of the Maltese Islands, spanning from the arrival of the Knights of St John in Malta till today is also present.

Other Heritage Malta museums and sites in Valletta: Palace Armoury, MUŻA, National Museum of Archaeology, Fortress Builders Interpretation Centre, and Fort St Elmo – National War Museum.

Armour

State Rooms Corridor

State Rooms Corridor

Ambassador’s Room

Tapestry Chamber

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday:
10.00 – 16.30hrs
(last admission at 1600hrs)

Saturday and Sunday:
09.00 – 16.30hrs
(last admission at 1600hrs)

Closed on the 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday.

Please note that due to ongoing conservation works currently taking place inside the Grand Master’s Palace, the State Rooms will regularly close at short notice.

The Palace may also be closed to visitors at short notice due to the exigencies of the Office of the President.

Grandmasters Palace,
Palace Square,
Valletta VLT 1191
Tel: +356 21 249 349

Tickets

Joint admission fees for MUŻA, the Palace Armoury & State Rooms:

Adults (18 – 59 years): €10.00
*Youths (12 – 17 years), *Senior Citizens (60 years & over), *Concessions, and *Students: €7.50
Children (6 – 11 years): €5.50
Infants (1 – 5 years): Free

* a valid ID / student card must be presented

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