The Palace Armoury hosts one of the world's greatest arms collections, housed in their original buildings. This collection ranks among the most valuable historic monuments of European culture. The Knights of St. John were a unique brotherhood of resolute warrior monks. From their Malta stronghold, these combatant aristocrats carried out their relentless crusade against the Ottoman Turks.
The Palace Armoury is one of the most visible and tangible symbols of past glories of the Sovereign Hospitalier Miltary Order of Malta. Grand Master Alof de Wignacourt transferred the Order's arsenal to the palace in 1604. It was the pride of the Knights Order.
Apart from being lavishly adorned with impressive arms, it held enough arms to equip thousands of soldiers. It was housed in the magnificent hall at the rear of the building, right above it's present location.
During the 1850's, the British Government intended to remove the collection to London for safe keeping. However, this was never fully undertaken and in 1860 the armoury was officially opened as Malta's first public museum. In 1975, the collection was transferred to its present location to make way for the island's new House of Representatives.
Although only a fraction of its original splendour, the Armoury still contains abundant material of Italian, German, French and Spanish origin.
Outstanding examples of splendid parade armour by master armourers, command pride of place. The armour decorator's art is displayed on various exquisite pieces. Also on display are exotic examples of Turkish armour in the Islamic and Ottoman section. The armoury also contains a rare example of a working arsenal in its original building. It is all the more interesting because it includes the amassed arms of the common soldiers.
- Mon-Sun 09:00 to 17:00
- Last admission at 16:30
- Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Dec 24th & 25th, Dec 31st and Jan 1st
- For more information about the Palace Armoury visit the website here.
- Adult (18-59 yrs) : €10.00
- Youth: (12-17 yrs) : €7.00
- Students & Senior Citizens: €7.00
- Children (6-11 yrs) : €5.00, Infants: FREE