If you like history and if you’re into interesting collections, then Palazzo Falson is just the place for you.
Within this medieval palazzo (located in Mdina) you’ll find 45 extraordinary collections which include paintings, silver, furniture, jewellery, timepieces, Oriental rugs, weapons and a library with over 4,500 books.
Palazzo Falson is part of my list of the 29 Best Museums and Tourist Attractions in Malta.
Set in the heart of Mdina, Palazzo Falson is a medieval house built by Sicilian, Spanish and local nobility. The Palazzo (also known as the Norman House due to its characteristic exterior) is built on two storeys with a typical internal courtyard and rooms surrounding it. The oldest part of the building dates back to the 13th century. The palazzo in itself is a gem, but the collections within are simply extraordinary. Here’s a selection of what you can see inside:
- The weaponry collection is displayed in the Armoury where an extensive array of swords, polearms, pistols and guns decorate the walls.
- Among the timepieces, you’ll have the chance to take a peek at a very rare watch – a ten-hour pocket watch dating back to Napoleonic times when the French tried to adopt a decimal system for timekeeping.
- Palazzo Falson houses over 200 paintings including a number of significant 17th century works by famous artists such as Sir Anthony Van Dyck, David Teniers the Younger, Nicolas Poussin, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Mattia Preti.
- The silver collection is made up of more than 800 pieces of Maltese, Continental and British origin. These are displayed in the Strongroom.
- The Carpet Gallery holds a collection of over eighty Oriental rugs from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and other exotic locations.
Highlights – Why should you visit Palazzo Falson?
- Palazzo Falson holds a unique and extraordinary treasure-trove within a magnificently restored medieval house in the heart of the silent city of Mdina.
- The wealth of the collections held at the palazzo offer the visitor the enriching experience of a museum visit, but within the intimate setting of a private house.
- Audio Guides are available free of charge on admission, in the following languages: Maltese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish.
- Temporary exhibitions displaying artefacts from Maltese private and public collections are often held at Palazzo Falson. Check their website for more info on current exhibitions.
How to get there
Take bus routes 51, 52 or 53 from Valletta. All buses stop at the bus terminus just outside the walls of Mdina.
Address: Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, Villegaignon Street, Mdina MDN 1191, Mdina. Tel: +356 2145 4512
- Tue-Sun: 10.00 – 17.00hrs (last visit 16.00hrs)
- Closed on: Mondays, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday.
- Basic: € 10.00
- Students & ISIC card holders: € 5.00
- Senior citizen: € 5.00
- Children: 0 – 5 years – no entry permitted, 6 – 12 years – free entrance
All tickets for adults and students include a free audio guide.