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“Old School”

National Museum of Natural History
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US$70.60*
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Malta Shore Excursion: Private tour of Valletta...
Ranked #18 of 27 things to do in Mdina
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Owner description: OPEN MONDAY - SUNDAY from 09.00 Till 17.00Hrs (last admission at 16.30Hrs). 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.
Reviewed 29 January 2018

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 The displays are really antiquated and outdated by the the modern standard.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.

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

The building and its history were impressive. The actual museum was not. Had I not been able to use my Malta Heritage Pass, I would have felt I did not get my monies worth. Additional renovation should occur on the building and apparently worked in planned based on the clutter in the inside courtyard. If you have a Malta Heritage Pass, it is worth taking the time to investigate.

Thank Greg D
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

This is the worst thing we have seen on the island. really, Don't bother. It looks like it's designed for school children, and would be very good for them.

Thank gizzie121
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

After spending a day at the Museum of Anthropology( which we adored) we were very disappointed in this much smaller and worn collection.

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Reviewed 23 December 2017

A huge place to wander around and read about the flora and fauna of Malta. Fantastic preserved specimens.

Thank Anna1964_13
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