South Street , Valletta , Malta
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
- Adults: € 5.00
- Youth: € 3.50
- Children: € 2.50
Throughout Europe you'll find some stunning art galleries like the Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre in Paris, the Prado in Madrid, and London's National Gallery. Malta's equivalent is the Museum of Fine Arts, which lives in a very historic Rococo palace.
The historic building was actually one of the first to be built in Valletta in the 16th century and initially served as home to several of the legendary Knights of the Order of St John. In the 1760's Museum of Fine Arts was rebuilt by a wealthy Portuguese Knight who went by the name of Ramon de Sousa y Silva. He decided he would use it as his home. In this one museum you'll find the larger part of the nation's art collection and that includes works by both local and overseas artists.
It's a stunning example of the mid 18th century late Baroque style and incorporates one of the most amazing main staircases to be found certainly on the island, if not the continent.
Museum of Fine Arts is a home to all different types of art, covering eras ranging from medieval to contemporary. On permanent display you'll see the largest collection of paintings by Baroque artist Mattia Preti - an Italian Knight of the Order of Malta who also contributed significantly to the interior of St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta. Museum of Fine Arts highlights from the collection on display include paintings, precious Maltese silverware, statuary in marble bronze and wood, fine furniture items and splendid maiolica pieces. Highlights include works by William Turner and Albert Bierstadt.