Auberge de Provence - National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta

Auberge de Provence - National Museum of Archaeology, Valletta (must see)

The National Museum of Archaeology resides in the Auberge de Provence on Republic Street in Valletta. This building, showcasing exquisite Baroque architecture, was constructed in 1571 according to the design of local architect Ġilormu Cassar. Originally, the Auberge de Provence served as lodging for the Knights of the Order of Saint John from Provence, France, and it boasts captivating architectural elements. Notably, the Grand Salon stands out with its lavishly adorned walls and wooden beamed ceilings.

Within the museum, visitors encounter a remarkable array of artifacts spanning Malta’s Neolithic period (5000 BC) to the Phoenician Period (400 BC). The ground floor showcases Neolithic artifacts, including tools and vessels used by prehistoric people, as well as artistic representations of animals and humans. Highlights from UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the megalithic temples and the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum include 'The Sleeping Lady', The Venus of Malta, and a colossal statue from Tarxien temples. On the upper floor, the Bronze Age and Phoenician period are featured, with a variety of artifacts ranging from small ritual vessels to large terracotta sarcophagi, as well as Phoenician glass and gold items.

Explore the captivating journey through Malta's ancient past at the National Museum of Archaeology. Discover artifacts spanning from the Neolithic period to the early Phoenician era, offering insight into the island's history and its people.

Why You Should Visit:
Malta is just so rich in history that dates back to 5000 BC and it is important to have a base of information before you go sightseeing.
The temples prove to be a whole lot more captivating after a visit to this museum.

An audio guide that provides good insights and explanations is included in the ticket but you have to pay a refundable deposit.
The museum can be crowded with the tour parties from the oversized cruise ships: try to go early or late to avoid them.

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Sight Name: Auberge de Provence - National Museum of Archaeology
Sight Location: Valletta, Malta (See walking tours in Valletta)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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