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National Museum of Fine Arts

Triq Nofs in Nhar, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1175, Malta
+356 2195 4341
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Went out of our way only to find the place closed, very disappointed. Went to find what was... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Burnley, Lancs
This Museum is currently closed.

The building where this Museum was housed is currently being significantly renovated and... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2017
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OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at the lower end of South street (Valletta) within an area including other fine historical palaces dating from the times of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Set in a complimenting historic building, the museum presents a multifaceted overview of art and artistic expression in Malta from the late medieval period to the contemporary.Highlights from the collection on display include paintings by leading local and internationally acclaimed artists, precious Maltese silverware, statuary in marble bronze and wood, fine furniture items and splendid maiolica pieces. The collection also includes works by Joseph Mallord William Turner and Albert Bierstadt, Valentin de Boulogne, Jusepe Ribera and Guido Reni. The large piano nobile halls house works of art from the early renaissance to the high baroque with a focus on the corpus of works by the Italian baroque painter Mattia Preti. This is the biggest corpus of works by Mattia Preti on display in any public museum.
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Triq Nofs in Nhar, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1175, Malta
+356 2195 4341
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Went out of our way only to find the place closed, very disappointed. Went to find what was happening to the paintings from the Tourist Office in Valletta. The staff did't seem to know much about the paintings and what had happened to them.

Thank Goldenwords
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The building where this Museum was housed is currently being significantly renovated and accordingly it was closed. We were unable to establish if it was going to be temporarily relocated elsewhere in Valletta.

1  Thank westy54
Reviewed 7 May 2017

I gather this museum is being relocated. Whilst extensive repairs are being done to the Palazzo which housed it. Reopening uncertain, probably in 2018 for City of Culture.

1  Thank jimmibean
Reviewed 5 May 2017

this is lovely to browse round if you like paintings so much to see would go again if visiting Malta

Thank paulamorganpm
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The collection, according to the museum brochures, the museum collection is small in comparison to large city art museums but the Collection is terrific. When it finishes is updated remodeling, it will make for a wonderful visit.

Thank Stevie R
Reviewed 24 February 2017

That museum is not big but still has interesting items to show - paintings, Maltese silver and furniture, and sculptures. Most of the paintings are with religious trend. There are 2 halls with works of Mattia Preti, Italian born Baroque painter who was living in...More

Thank Nik R
Reviewed 26 November 2016

What can I say, not very inspiring surrounding or art on show to be honest, it would seem that when we went (Sept 16) maybe 1/5th of the place was closed off. but even so I would give it a miss.

Thank Bill B
Reviewed 24 September 2016

400 to 500 hundred year old paints, sculptures, all the way to modern times. Who are these people to have their paints done ? All interesting to very important people. See history and actually be in their presence took me back to when they walked...More

Thank freedom552014
Reviewed 23 September 2016

if you are into art this is the Place for you,go and enjoy it.lot of interesting paintings,and not forget the shop after With good selection of postcards and malta book there is fantastic

Thank Odd Lennart L
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Whilst there are some beautiful paintings in this gallery, the collection was smaller than I'd anticipated, though the entrance fee of 5 euros reflected this. As is often the case in European art galleries, the subjects were predominantly of a biblical nature.

Thank Dobsons21_13
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18 January 2017|
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Response from HerMalta | Property representative |
The National Museum of Fine Arts is currently closed and it is therefore not possible to visit this museum. Its closure is part of the MUZA project which will include the relocation of this museum to Auberge d'Italie, also... More
Ron S
31 January 2016|
Response from John V | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so. There may be a package that links up between the various sites and the on/ off bus system; but i am not sure, sorry.