Open Weekend at the Cathedral Museum in Mdina

  • The Mdina Cathedral Museum is a unique and eclectic museum dealing with Maltese identity over the ages. Housed in the magnificent baroque palace on the right hand side of the Mdina Cathedral, it used to serve as the first purpose-built seminary. Amongst the museum’s priceless collections one finds a complete collection of original Albrecht Dürer prints; a fine picture gallery; ecclesiastical and household silver, including the Apostolato of 15 silver statues, once at risk of being lost to plunder during French occupation; furniture found in period Maltese households; a reconstruction of the 1486 choir stalls; the late medieval retable of St Paul, once the main altarpiece of Mdina’s medieval cathedral; and a numismatic hall, which includes a particularly stout collection of coins of antiquity.

    Over the last few years most of the halls within the museum have been completely redesigned and refurbished. The museum has also opened the underground vaults, which are now being used to host two temporary exhibitions: one by Anton Agius and another by Paul Johann Matzhold.

    During the upcoming weekend, being held at the museum on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, the museum will be opening its doors from 10am to 6pm, inviting the general public to come and visit the many ongoing projects. Throughout the open weekend, entrance to the museum will be completely free of charge. Among the activities being organized during the open weekend, visitors may benefit from free guided tours, an artisans’ market, as well as a stall with food and drinks in the Museum’s central courtyard. Children will have the opportunity to partake in interactive sessions at the Museum’s Learning Centre, making this an activity for the whole family. Children and adults will also have the opportunity to dress up in period and traditional costumes.