Ix-Xatt tal-Birgu, Birgu, Malta
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
- Adults: € 5.00
- Youth: € 3.50
- Children: € 2.50
The Malta Maritime Museum officially opened its doors to the public on the 24th of July 1992, following four years of planning, preparation and collection of several maritime artefacts to make the Maritime Museum a reality. The former Royal Navy Bakery at Vittoriosa (Birgu) was identified as the ideal lace with the right history to be a home to the new Maltese Maritime Museum, which at the time was an abandoned building.
The Malta Maritime Museum, has continued to expand ever since and now is a home to one of the most unique Maritime collections in the world. Malta's location in the middle of the Mediterranean and its various battles and merchandise throughout the ages ensures there is plenty of things to see within this wonderful Maritime Museum. The collection spans over 2,000sq. m. around 30% of the area available to the museum; further rehabilitation and restoration programs are on-going to continue expanding the size of the Malta Maritime Museum which contains various halls covering different historical segments of the Mediterranean Maritime History.
Maritime artifacts found the museum include, The Vaxxel Model which is a 300 year old model, anongst 8 such original models in the Malta Maritime Museum, which is also the center piece in the Hall Dedicated to the era covering the Order of St John. The marine engineering section includes a triple expansion engine, which is located in the Anadrian hall. The Malta Maritime Museum also includes the largest collection of Roman Anchors, from the time of the Great Roman Empire, these anchors have been collected from around the maltese islands and clearly show that Malta was an important hub for commerce due to the large number of such anchors found.
A 400 year old bronze cannon, also known as the St Barbara Cannon is among a collection of 7 bronze cannons which have been used aboard the Maltese galleys. Id-Daghjsa tal-latini is part of a collection of traditional Maltese boat models held at the Malta Maritime Museum, the Daghjsa tal-latini was a ferry used to cross between Malta and its sister island Gozo among other things and was used from the 18th century up to the mid 20th Century. A french Sabre is part of another collection which covers the French's stay in Malta, as well as the siege held by the British to take control of Malta.
If you follow history or are otherwise interested in the Mediterranean the Maltese Maritime Museum is a place you should definitely visit.
The Malta Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on 24 July 1992 by the then minister responsible for Education and Museums, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, four years after the inception of the idea. An advisory committee had been set up in 1988 to assist in the setting up of the Maritime Museum and during these years several artefacts were collected from various sources. A suitable building, large enough to cater for the large maritime exhibits, was identified in the former Royal Naval Bakery at Vittoriosa, which met all the set requirements and which was then a derelict building.
The Museum aims at illustrating Malta’s maritime history from prehistory to the present day and to illustrate the fascination of the sea within the Mediterranean context, without neglecting the overall global nature of seafaring. These aims are achieved by the constant search for, identification, and acquisition of artifacts related to the museum’s mission. This task has been aided by the constant donations over these past years by the Maltese general public, foreign individuals, companies, corporate bodies, foreign maritime and naval museums, foreign navies, and Maltese and foreign ambassadors and high commissioners.