Heritage Malta sites open for free this coming Sunday

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Heritage Malta sites open for free this coming SundayAs part of the celebrations on the 10th anniversary since its establishment as the national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage, Heritage Malta will be opening all its sites for the general public for free this coming Sunday, the 21st of April.

In Gozo sites that will be open are the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Old Prison (Citadel, Victoria), Ta’ Kola Windmill and Ggantija Temples (Xaghra) in Gozo.

Culture lovers are in for a real treat as entrance to practically all Heritage Malta sites will be free of charge. In fact the only site which is not included in this initiative is the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum due to the sensitivity of the site. Ta’ Hagrat and Skorba Temples in Mgarr will be open for 70 visitors on a first-come first-served basis for conservation related reasons.

The sites which will be open in Malta are the following: St. Paul’s Catacombs, the Domvs Romana (Rabat), the National Museum of Natural History (Mdina), the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Archaeology, the National War Museum, the Palace Armoury and State Rooms (Valletta), the Malta Maritime Museum, the Inquisitor’s Palace (Vittoriosa), Ghar Dalam Cave (Birzebbuga), Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples (Qrendi) and Tarxien Temples (Tarxien).

During the Open Day a number of activities and tours will be held in several sites. Merchandise and membership will be available at special prices from most sites and museums. The agency has a specific educational section with special programmes targeting children of different age groups, as part of organised school visits.

These programmes are based on the local educational curriculum and address specific areas of study taking an edutainment approach. Educational material produced specifically for children will be distributed freely during this Open Day.

The Open Day is the first of a series of events and initiatives which Heritage Malta will be organising to celebrate the 10th anniversary since its establishment as the national agency for museums, conservation practice and cultural heritage in 2003.

Heritage Malta seeks to provide its various audiences with an enhanced experience during visits to the various sites and museums it manages. Various museums are now equipped with audio-visual interpretations which, together with the traditional interpretation panels, help the varied audiences understand better our unique cultural heritage and identity.

Heritage Malta said that it is also committed to bring culture closer to the people through facilitating interpretation and accessibility, both physical and intellectual. Whether through temporary exhibitions, public lectures, heritage trails or other specialised events, the agency ensures that it lives up to the motto of ensuring a future to our past.

For more information regarding the 21st April Open Day and other events organised by Heritage Malta visit the website http://www.heritagemalta.org or follow the agency on facebook.

All museums and sites will be open from 09.00hrs till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs) except for the following:

– Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples from 09.00 till 19.00hrs (last admission at 18.30hrs)

– Palace State Rooms from 09.00 till 16.00 hrs (last admission at 15.30hrs)

– National Museum of Archaeology from 09.00 till 19.00hrs (last admission at 18.15hrs)

– Skorba and Ta’ Hagrat Temples will be on a first-come first-served basis for the first 70 visitors

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