The National Museum of Archaeology and MUZA will both be open from 6pm to midnight.
Love all things Maltese history? Then you’re in for a treat.
Heritage Malta, the islands’ national agency for museums, conservation practice, and cultural heritage, will be opening three historic Valletta sites for free on 1st October.
All three spots will also be benefitting from extended opening hours.
The sites are The National Museum of Archaeology, MUZA (the Malta National Community Art Museum), and the Tal-Pilar Church.
On the day, a number of Heritage Malta’s recent acquisitions – including fossils, artworks, and historic texts – will also be on display in the Ambassadors Hall at the Auberge de Castille.
This incentive is being implemented in celebration of Notte Bianca – an annual Valletta event that celebrates the islands’ people, culture, and arts.
The Archaeology Museum and MUZA will both be open from 6pm to midnight.
At the former, visitors can enjoy an alluring experience of the Maltese Islands’ prehistory and early history, with artefacts dating back to Malta’s Neolithic period up until the early Phoenician period.
This museum is also currently home to the ‘Exploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Xlendi’ exhibition and the ‘Meet the Phoenicians of Malta’ exhibition, which showcases the actual stone sarcophagus discovered in the limits of Rabat some years ago.
MUZA, on the other hand, offers an intriguing collection of works of art from the 15th to the early 21st century, ranging from paintings and sculptures to furniture, silver pieces, works on paper, and objets d’art.
On 1st October, MUZA will also serve as the venue for jazz music event ‘Is-City Project’ by Dominic Galea, taking place at 8pm.
Heritage Malta will be opening Tal-Pilar Church, arguably one of the finest of Valletta’s lesser-known assets.
The church used to form part of the adjoining Auberge of Aragon, Catalonia and Navarre, and was built during the early 1670s, later refashioned into one of the most remarkable Baroque churches in 1718.
At 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, the church will house the theatrical performance ‘X-Voto’ as part of the Notte Bianca activities.