The National Museum of Fine Arts – A small museum with a valuable collection!

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The National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta

The National Museum of Fine Arts is the most impressive museum dedicated to visual arts in Malta. Its collection displays a fabulous range of medieval as well as modern art. Located within walking distance from Valletta’s City Gate, the Museum is full of remarkable paintings and sculptures, made by famous gifted local artists together with international ones. The Museum will surely please art enthusiasts!

Inaugurated in 1974, the National Museum of Fine Arts houses mainly paintings but also sculptures, silverware and other fine items and furniture, ranging from the 18th century to more recent times. Its large collection include paintings from famous international artists such as a few Caravaggists, the famous William Turner and the talented Italian painter Mattia Preti, who has also decorated St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

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The Admiralty House main staircase

In addition, the Museum is located in the magnificent ‘Admiralty House‘ down South Street in the capital city. This is an imposing building, rebuilt in the 18th century, with an unique rococo style and a very rich history. It was indeed one of the earliest buildings built in Valletta and welcomed many Knights of the Order of St. John such as Ramon de Sousa y Silva, a Portuguese Knight. One will surely appreciate the magnificent marble staircase leading to the 1st floor of the Museum, displaying a grandiose baroque style. Some ceilings also offer beautiful decorations from the early 18th century.

Practical Information:

Opening Hours: The museum opens daily at 9am and closes at 5pm. A visit takes approx. 30-40 minutes.

Tickets: You will access the National Museum of Fine Arts at a price of €5 for adults€3.50 for students and seniors citizens, €2.50 for children (free for children under 6 years of age). Temporary exhibitions of contemporary art are often organised in the Museum and could be at a different price. This site is also included in multi-site pass, managed by Heritage Malta.

Public Transport: To go there, you can take any bus stopping at the Valletta terminus. As the museum is only approx. 10 minutes’ walk from City Gate, it is really accessible and easy to find.

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