Located in the former capital city of Mdina, within the walls of the Middle Ages, the Malta Museum of Natural History is housed in the Vilhena Palace, built in 1726.
The Natural History Museum of Malta provides visitors with information on Malta’s ecosystem, as well as the opportunity to learn about the many creatures found at the bottom of the sea, both on and around the island of Malta.
The Natural History Museum of Malta has a wide range of exhibits. 3,500 birds, 200 mammals, over 200 species of fish, fossils, insects and reptiles are the main creatures you can examine in detail, as well as over 10,000 rocks.
When you enter the museum, you find yourself surrounded by stuffed animals. There are many animals on display, including bats, jaguars, hyenas and monkeys.
Colorful butterflies from Indonesia, Peru, North America, Colombia and many other parts of the world and insects that look as if they are alive and will move soon are also waiting for their guests in their rooms.
Then we enter the rooms where the skeletons of animals are kept. These rooms with only the skeletons of many marine animals found around Malta are really extraordinary. From killer whale skeletons to swordfish, from lobsters to sea urchins, you can see the main system of many animals here.
After the sea animals, this time we enter the rooms with the skeletons of land animals. Among the skeletons of animals such as horses, ostriches, sheep, pigs, mice, the turtle seemed to me the most interesting animal to see.
The museum also presents information on the history of humanity. In the human remains found until today, the main differences between the people of prehistoric times and today’s people are discussed. Shorter face, wider jaw, longer arms and anatomical adaptations are mentioned.
The birds room, which is also one of the stuffed animal rooms, shows visitors many bird species that you can encounter in the world at the same time. There are dozens of stuffed birds from eagles to pelicans, sparrows to storks.
In one of the rooms of the natural history museum, the islands in Malta, after Malta and Gozo, are described. This is another beautiful place because there are realistic models of Comino, Filfla, St. Paul’s Island and Fungus Rock. Although there is no human settlement on the islands except Comino, the Maltese consider these rock outcrops as islands.
When there are many islands, there is a wide range of shellfish. One of the rooms is dedicated to shellfish. However, not only sea creatures from the Maltese islands but also from different parts of the world are on display.
The museum is quite big and a lot of effort has gone into making it this big. You can also visit the upper floor of the palace. This area is also dedicated to minerals. Some of the collections kept both in other museums and in the university gallery were donated here and the result is a real natural history museum.