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Report 2012: Five Days in Malta

By Eleanor from UK, Spring 2012

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Page 10 of 24: Valletta - Museum of Archaeology

photo by MAW

Bronze Age pottery

The Museum of Archaeology is in the Auberge de Provence on Triq ir-Republika.

This is a splendid building with a painted ceiling in the entrance hall. This was originally painted by same artist who had painted the Painted Gallery in the Grand Masterís Palace, but has been repainted several times.

The ground floor has exhibits from the temples, information on prehistory and exhibits taken from excavations. This includes carved stones from Tarxien and Hagar Qim, fat lady statues, tools, pottery...

There are also photographs of the inside of the Hypogeum. As photographs are not allowed in the Hypogeum, photographs of these are your only chance of a record of a visit.

Displays have small labels in English. Information boards are in both Maltese and English.

Upstairs is information on the Bronze age with examples of pottery, tools and small bronze figurines. There is a model of the cart tracks including junctions. There is a short video of Dr. Donald Trump (who excavated many of the sites and was Curator of Archaeology) talking about them, their formation and trying to explain why in one place one rut is about 50cm below the other...

There was special exhibition showing the collection of Spanish and Moorish metalwork from the 18/19thC. We werenít particularly interested in this but it did give us chance to see into the Grand Salon. This is beautifully carved with a painted wooden ceiling and large decorative painted panels on the walls. Unfortunately we could only just see the tops above the displays. This is only open when there is a special exhibition - a pity as it looks a really interesting room.

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