Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Maritime Museum, Malta

While we were in Birgu to visit the Inquisitor's Palace we also stopped into the Maritime Museum (a combined ticket to visit both venues costs you €7). The Maritime Museum was a pleasant surprise. Mike and I are from the east coast of Canada which has its own unique maritime history, so in a curious way going to Malta's Maritime Museum felt kind of like going 'home'.

The Maritime Museum has a good collection of artefacts that is well curated, although I would have liked to see more displays on the Maltese luzzu and the boats used by the majority of Maltese people throughout history. The musuem is housed in the old British Naval Bakery, an interesting building in itself, and describes Malta's Maritime history from the time of the Knights to WWII. Well worth a visit if you are in Birgu.

There are many cafes on the Birgu waterfront, where the museum is located, to lunch at afterwards. The museum should take you an hour to an hour and a half to visit. There are no audioguides, but historical information is well displayed in both Maltese and English.

We love museums and keep a running list of the ones we want to visit all over the world. Help us add to it. What is your favourite museum where you live?

- Jess

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