National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History

National Museum of Natural History
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The National Museum of Natural History, situated within the Vilhena Palace, including display areas that cover various topics such as Maltese Geology and Palaeontology, exotic mammals, marine fauna, insects, shells and birds and other topics like human evolution.
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania16,931 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The National Museum of Natural History can be find in Mdina - right after entering the main gate to the city - it is located in the old Vilhena palace - Antonio Manoel de Vilhena - Grand Master of the order of the Knights of St. John - born in Lisabon , Portuguese by birth - he commissioned the building of the palace and was erected between 1726 and 1728 that today is housing the museum.
The palace is beautiful and it is a great "house" for the Natural History museum - entrance is a few euros - you can pay by card too.
It is showing you all kinds of interesting exhibits , from the prehistoric times, to minerals and the fauna from the seas and land of the Maltese islands.
From collections of butterflies, to petrified tooth of a Megalodon shark - it is interesting for kinds and adults alike , at least from my perspective and you can visit it in about 1-1,5 hours so it is not that much time invested.
Bottom line is , I do recommend you put this museum on your list of spots to visit when you visit Mdina.
Written 17 September 2023
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FranBo2013
Northampton, UK32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We delighted in wandering around looking at the exhibits - simple but nice. Well laid out in a beautiful building especially impressed with the Galeen Whale bones
Written 17 August 2014
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MrsDoherty
Derry, UK83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
We went to the Natural History Museum just inside the gateway of Mdina with open minds. Which was just as well as the place is ghastly. The interior looks like an Institution with lots of stairs and no lifts that I could see. Animals/reptiles were badly stuffed and very poorly described in the accompanying labels. Unlike most museums there were no digital presentations or visual computerised imagery used. Investment is sorely lacking. For some weird reason the female guard followed us throughout the museum!
Written 19 December 2011
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Mike M
Keighley, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011
The ancient city of Mdina, Malta, is a gem. It is very beautiful and should be visited. Just inside the main gate is the National Museum of Natural History in St Publius Square. Unless you have an interest in Museology, I urge you not to waste your money going in. For a 21st century museum this is simply appalling. The presentation of the displays is stuck somewhere between the late 19th century and the 1950s. There are showcases full of stuffed animals and birds. The case with a squid in formaldehyde or something similar looked revolting, not least because there is condensation on the inside which prevents the viewer from seeing the squid. The labelling in most of the displays is generally unhelpful. There are no concessions to the age of digital presentations and computers. It is almost as though it is enough to place an object in a showcase. Visitors need explanations and nowadays they expect up-to-date visual imagery. There are lots of stairs and no lifts that I could see.

I am tempted to say that the Natural History Museum at Mdina, coupled with the National Archaeology Museum in Valleta, are national disgraces, but there must be a story behind this. I strongly suspect that one theme in the story is a lack of funding at an appropriate level, but there is also very clearly a lack of investment in museum expertise and training.

Malta is a very small island in which tourism occupies a significant part in the economy. Its museums have a key role to play in developing the economy and in encouraging visitors but it needs the political will to seek and obtain appropriate levels of investment. That expertise exists in abundance elsewhere in Europe. My advice is for the government of Malta to reconsider its heritage funding and get its act together to make Malta a world-class destination.
Written 22 November 2011
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Dave J
Liverpool, UK978 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A good family day out with three floors of history and mineral's some good information to read up not all that big inside but well worth a visit
Written 29 November 2022
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Caitlin W
Reading, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Really interesting museum, housed in a gorgeous building. I’d perhaps not recommend this museum for children, but it’s great for anyone interested in natural history!
Written 24 October 2022
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TheBazilikas
Vilnius, Lithuania26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Went in for natural fauna exposition and the Megalodon tooth (that was mentioned in our tourist book). The tooth wasn’t that spectacular and big. The place seems to be a little bit run down to be frank.
Written 29 January 2019
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REDMAN
Egaleo, Greece4,953 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Excited to discover so many things that blow your mind. I hope for you to be lucky and find it open.
Written 17 August 2018
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Jen2114
Chicago, IL141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
It was a small museum worth a looksie I suppose. It was included in a tour we were on so I am not sure what the ticket fee was. If it’s more than $10US it might not be worth it in my
opinion.
Written 1 July 2018
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GlobalTraveller1971
Ireland29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
The museum is housed in a nice old building which arguably makes it unsuitable to house the displays because of the small rooms, narrow stairs and passageways particularly for those less mobile.

On one side of the building courtyard there are notably geology, stuffed bird and animal skeleton displays. There are virtually no botanical displays as far as I could see. The entrance to the exhibits, which is not immediately obvious, is on the other side of the courtyard from the ticket desk. The displays are really antiquated and outdated by the the modern standard. The extensive collection of stuffed birds of the Maltese Islands in large cabinets is an example, but in a way it is quaint and quite engaging as an example of how museums used to be.

The rock mineral collection is on an upper floor on a different side of the courtyard and is signposted. Again the style of presentation is old school, in horizontal glass cabinets but there are a lot of very good specimens from different places.
Written 29 January 2018
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