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National Museum of Archaeology

Listed under Archeology Museums in Malta.

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This museum is where most of Malta’s most precious artefacts are kept – at the famous sites of Tarxien, Hagar Qim, Hypogeum and Mnajdra there are only replicas. But the museum has the real pottery, sculptures and statuettes, stone tools, jewellery and not quite explainable artefacts from prehistoric and megalithic life, including the famous, generously rounded figure of the ‘Sleeping Lady’ discovered at Hypogeum.

The exhibitions start with the arrival of man on the island in about 5200BC in the first rooms and include a stone cut tomb and red figurines, the main hall is devoted to Malta’s temples, with models and carvings and the final room has beads and more delicate ornaments. Apart from the ‘Sleeping Lady’ the other famous female inhabitant of the museum is the ‘Venus’ of Hagar Qim.

The museum is inside Auberge de Provence, one of the palaces or communal houses of the Knights of St. John. The palace was built in 1574 and enjoyed another heyday under British Rule when it was the home of the Union Club the social hub of Malta, before it became the museum.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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