Facade of the National Museum of Natural History

Heritage Malta is once again opening four of its museums for free during the Sette Giugno Public Holiday. Museums open for free on this public holiday are the following; the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta, the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina, the Malta Maritime Museum and the Inquisitor?s Palace, both in Birgu. Several events and exhibitions will be organized within these museums.

The National Museum of Fine Arts will be organising a number of activities throughout the day. Visitors will be able to encounter members of the Friends of the NMFA in their life drawing and painting session within the galleries of the museum. The Friends of the NMFA is a society whose aim is to bring together people who share an enthusiasm for the arts, their study, enjoyment and promotion.

Additionally, on the day this same museum will be hosting an exhibition of objects created from recycled materials and inspired by the National Collection. Items exhibited were created by students who took part in the training programme, ?Care Creates Change in People?s Lives and the Environment?, a project by Wasteserv Malta Ltd. Till the 29th of June, the National Museum of Fine Arts will be hosting a temporary exhibition of paintings by Barbara Butzke entitled ?Daydreams?.

The National Museum of Natural History will be opening two new displays and two temporary exhibitions. The two temporary exhibitions include a photographic exhibition on Maltese Birds by BirdLife Malta and an exhibition on Ancient Life Forms ? Trilobites and Ammonites (private collection). In the front courtyard of the museum experts will be available to give information about bird migration and lichens. There will also be an educational area where young visitors will be able to take part in events organised by Heritage Malta?s Educational Division. Tours of the museum will commence at 10.00 and 14.00 hrs.

Another museum open on this public holiday is the Inquisitor?s Palace in Birgu. This museum is currently hosting an exhibition by Rupert Cefai entitled ??miel il-?rafa?, which includes paintings inspired by century-old folktales rich in ethnographic content. The Malta Maritime Museum is a short stroll away along the Birgu Seafront.

During this Open Day, members of the general public will have the opportunity to become members of Heritage Malta, benefiting from a 10% discount on the normal membership price. Membership with Heritage Malta offers a number of benefits including free access to all Heritage Malta?s sites and museums (half price for Hypogeum), and access to several exhibitions hosted throughout the year by Heritage Malta. Members also receive a monthly calendar of events.

On the 7th of June these museums will be open to the public from 9.00 till 17:00hrs.

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