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National Museum of Archaeology

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Address: Republic Street | Auberge de Provcence, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 04, Malta
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+356 2122 1623

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Good introduction to Malta's past

Spent about 1hr., could have spent more time, lots to read. Artifacts were well displayed. Good background for visiting the major ancient attractions.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Old Tappan, NJ
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum of Archaeology is right on Republic Street in Valletta. The building was constructed in 1571, and It has amazing artifacts dating back 5000 years that have been unearthed from sites on the island. Best of all, it has until July the jewel-encrusted de Vallette's dagger which has been borrowed from the Louvre. and is now in Malta for... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went ostensibly to see Vallette's dagger,which was marvellous. However, there is so m h more to see. The entrance fee of €5 is an absolute bargain and free audio guides (against a deposit) are available in several languages. Toilet facilities are excellent and there is a small gift shop on the way out. No refreshment facilities, however. We spent about... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent about 1hr., could have spent more time, lots to read. Artifacts were well displayed. Good background for visiting the major ancient attractions.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Museum itself is not very large, but it's very well organized and make you follow timeline from the earliest traces of people in Malta all the way to modern time. Great layout and interesting storytelling. Audioguide is very good and is included in ticket price, but you need to make a deposit for using it. Price for the ticket is... More 

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Greater Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At the moment they have on display Jean de La Vallette's dagger which was purloined by Napoleon along with his sword. Important for Maltese. The ancient artefacts on display are very evocative of their era. The sleeping lady - 4 to 6 thousand years old is fabulous.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Malta and Gozo islands contain free-standing temples/monuments that pre-date Stonehenge and the Pyramids by 1500 years! This museum provides an excellent introduction to the prehistoric times, and prepares you to better understand what you will see when visiting those locations. Or, if you visit the temples first, don't hesitate to visit the museum afterwards to help fill out your experience... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

These is a luxury house from a old maltese family , really nice and incredible well done but the price of the ticket is a bit high for these kinda attraction ,there are better but it's fine for one time !

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum does a fine job of depicting the rich ancient history of Malta. It is especially strong in its exhibits of the mysterious prehistoric cultures of Malta. The building is not much to look at on the outside but its pleasant on the inside.

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent museum with some incredible artefacts dating back 5,000 years or so. While we were there we visited a temporary exhibition 'De Valette's dagger' which traced the history of this incredible artefact and its companion sword, both stolen by Napoleon and now in the Louvre. A great couple of hours!

Thank Paul B
Aubange, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This smalll museum, located in an old palace in the heart of old Valletta, is worth visiting for everybody with interested in old culture. The collections, dating from neoliticum till the Phenician times are very interesting, well displayed and explained.

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