Events in Malta

Filter Events by Sub-Category

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Malta

Welcome

Login to your account below, if you do not have an account, select Register.

Or Login with your preferred Social Media Account

Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google

Register your account below, if you already have an account, select Login.

Palace Armoury

National Museums

Whilst many multimedia shows depict the life and times of the Knights of St John in Malta, this is one of the only visible and tangible attractions of the glorious religious order. The Armoury museum is still housed in the majestic building where the knights themselves kept their arms collection.

The Palace Armoury is one of the world's greatest arms collections housed in their original buildings, and ranks among the most valuable historic monuments of European culture. The Knights of St John were a unique brotherhood of resolute warrior monks. From Malta, their island stronghold, these combatant aristocrats from the noblest houses of Europe, carried out their relentless crusade against the Ottoman Turks. The Palace Armoury is certainly one of the most visible and tangible symbols of the past glories of the Sovereign Hospitaller Military Order of Malta.

Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt transferred the Order's arsenal to the palace in 1604. It was the pride of the Order. Apart from being lavishly adorned with impressive arms trophies, it held enough arms to equip thousands of soldiers. It was housed in the magnificent hall at the rear of the building, right above its present location, which were originally the stables. In 1975, the entire collection was transferred to its present ground floor location to make way for the Islands' new House of Representatives.

During the 1850s, the British Government intended to remove the collection for safe keeping to London. However, this was never fully undertaken and in 1860 the armoury was officially opened as Malta's first public museum.

 

Although only a fraction of its original splendour, the Armoury still contains abundant material of Italian, German, French and Spanish origin from principal arms production centres. Outstanding examples of splendid parade armour by master armourers command pride of place.

The armour decorator's art is amply displayed on various exquisite pieces. Also displayed are exotic examples of Turkish armour in the Islamic & Ottoman section. The armoury also constitutes a rare example of a working arsenal surviving in its original building. It is all the more interesting because it includes with the massed arms of the common soldiers, the enriched personal armours of the nobility.

Highlights in the collection include the Italian Sallet, the La Valette armour, the Wignacourt parade armour, the 'Pompeo della Cesa' armour, the Cuirassier armour, swords and rapiers, early crossbows, the matchlock arquebus, the Italian 'snaphaunce' pistol, heavy bronze artillery pieces and a smaller bronze canon.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00

Last admission: 16.30

Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday

Tickets

Adults (18 - 59 years): €10.00

Students (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over): €7.00

Children (6 -11 years): €5.00

Infants (1 -5 years): Free

Directions

Grandmasters Palace, Palace Square, Valletta-City

View Larger Map

Budget

  • Moderately Priced

Best For Whom

  • Families With Teenagers
  • Groups
  • Mature Travellers

Best For What

  • Cultural Experience

Gallery

My Lists

Create New Guide

OR

Mini Guides
Arrow

Login to create your guides for Malta.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide

Cancel

Cancel

You Might Also Like

Create & Share your Guide to Malta with friends and family!

Add your recommended places to visit by browsing the website and pressing the icon.

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section

Lists

Part of the My Guide Network

My Guide Malta is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations