The Malta Maritime Museum is housed within the Old Naval bakery in Birgu. It charts Malta’s maritime history and lore within a Mediterranean context and also illustrates the global nature of seafaring and its impact on society. The museum houses numerous artifacts highlighting the different epochs.
The Malta Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on 24 July 1992 by the then minister responsible for Education and Museums, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, four years after the inception of the idea. An advisory committee had been set up in 1988 to assist in the setting up of the Maritime Museum and during these years several artefacts were collected from various sources. A suitable building, large enough to cater for the large maritime exhibits, was identified in the former Royal Naval Bakery at Vittoriosa, which met all the set requirements and which was then a derelict building.
The Museum aims at illustrating Malta’s maritime history from prehistory to the present day and to illustrate the fascination of the sea within the Mediterranean context, without neglecting the overall global nature of seafaring. These aims are achieved by the constant search for, identification, and acquisition of artifacts related to the museum’s mission. This task has been aided by the constant donations over these past years by the Maltese general public, foreign individuals, companies, corporate bodies, foreign maritime and naval museums, foreign navies, and Maltese and foreign ambassadors and high commissioners.
Source: Heritage Malta