National Museum of Archaeology – Hall on Phoenician period
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The National Museum of Archaeology has extended its permanent display to include a hall dedicated to the Phoenician period, Heritage Malta said today. “This represents the beginning of written history in the Maltese Islands.”
The opening of this hall is part of an on going extension project that will also eventually include the Roman, Byzantine and Medieval periods. Whilst visiting this hall visitors are given a brief introduction about who the Phoenicians were and their early life in the Maltese Islands.
Highlights of the display are a small gold pendant representing the gods Horus and Anubis, a terracotta anthropomorphic sarcophagus and an inscription in Phoenician on papyrus donated by former Minister Dr.Daniel Micallef.
The fine artefacts displayed are testimony to the artistic expression of the Phoenicians. The display halls, fully accessible and child-friendly are interspaced with audiovisuals, cartoons and reconstructions.
This way of presenting the information transforms one’s visit into an entertaining and educational one, perfect for families and anyone wanting to spend an afternoon getting acquainted with Malta’s history in a fun way.
Heritage Malta said that the official patron of the National Museum of Archaeology is Mediterranean Bank, “whose generous help and recent contributions made it possible for the museum to open this new hall as well as introduce several interactive tools.”
The Museum is open everyday from 8am till 7pm with the last admission at 6.15pm. Guided tours are provided free of charge everyday at 10am and at 3pm.
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