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National Museum of Fine Arts

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Address: Triq Nofs in Nhar, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1175, Malta
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+356 2195 4341
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OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at...

OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs).

The National Museum of Fine Arts is located at the lower end of South street (Valletta) within an area including other fine historical palaces dating from the times of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Set in a complimenting historic building, the museum presents a multifaceted overview of art and artistic expression in Malta from the late medieval period to the contemporary.Highlights from the collection on display include paintings by leading local and internationally acclaimed artists, precious Maltese silverware, statuary in marble bronze and wood, fine furniture items and splendid maiolica pieces. The collection also includes works by Joseph Mallord William Turner and Albert Bierstadt, Valentin de Boulogne, Jusepe Ribera and Guido Reni. The large piano nobile halls house works of art from the early renaissance to the high baroque with a focus on the corpus of works by the Italian baroque painter Mattia Preti. This is the biggest corpus of works by Mattia Preti on display in any public museum.

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Not the best but plenty to show

That museum is not big but still has interesting items to show - paintings, Maltese silver and furniture, and sculptures. Most of the paintings are with religious trend. There are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Varna, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

That museum is not big but still has interesting items to show - paintings, Maltese silver and furniture, and sculptures. Most of the paintings are with religious trend. There are 2 halls with works of Mattia Preti, Italian born Baroque painter who was living in Malta and painted the ceilings of St John's Co-Cathedral. The most important and notorious items... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

What can I say, not very inspiring surrounding or art on show to be honest, it would seem that when we went (Sept 16) maybe 1/5th of the place was closed off. but even so I would give it a miss.

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Thank Bill B
Sidney, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

400 to 500 hundred year old paints, sculptures, all the way to modern times. Who are these people to have their paints done ? All interesting to very important people. See history and actually be in their presence took me back to when they walked on the old Malta.

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Thank freedom552014
Sykkylven Municipality, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

if you are into art this is the Place for you,go and enjoy it.lot of interesting paintings,and not forget the shop after With good selection of postcards and malta book there is fantastic

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Thank Odd Lennart L
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Whilst there are some beautiful paintings in this gallery, the collection was smaller than I'd anticipated, though the entrance fee of 5 euros reflected this. As is often the case in European art galleries, the subjects were predominantly of a biblical nature.

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Thank Dobsons21_13
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

It's good that the museum is moving soon. The building is old. Only a few paintings worth lingering over.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The museum exhibits an amazing collection of very fine paintings describing mainly scenes from the lives of different saints. Many of these paintings were created by Mattia Preti, the same amazing artist who decorated so wonderfully St John's Co-Cathedral.

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Thank Cezar N
Halifax, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Lots of paintings on display, but to appreciate them fully you probably need to be a fan of Maltese and slightly obscure Italian artists. There is a JMW Turner painting but its absolutely tiny. The museum is in a lovely old building (plenty of those in Valletta) but looks to be in urgent need of some TLC.

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Thank Duncan M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Admission was 20,50 euros for 5 of us(including students). Lots of Maltese artists' paintings from around 1500. Very nice selection of works by Edward Lear and one by Turner, who never actually went to Malta. This is a small museum and the works are housed in an unusual way with the rooms being hot and signs of damp damage to... More 

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Thank Helen P
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

With such a grand title you might expect an art gallery of some standing and content. You'd mostly be disappointed I fear. Given the wealth and history present on Malta, very little of it seems to have made its way into the national collection. A disappointing collection of average art, confusingly organised and displayed in dingy rooms. Only worth shelling... More 

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