Old Priory Museum

Price guide: Budget

Villegaignon Street, Mdina

Price guide: Budget

Courtyard of the Carmelite Priory Museum
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By Juliet Rix, your Mdina expert

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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
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Expert review of Old Priory Museum

Peace and history in a renovated 17th-century Carmelite Priory in the heart of ancient Mdina.

Recently opened, this museum covers the ground floor of Mdina’s old Carmelite Priory while upstairs the life of the few remaining monks continues. I find this place an oasis - its central garden courtyard (Carmel means garden in Hebrew) is wonderfully calm and peaceful. The museum, meanwhile, is a little-known gem and the church next door is of great historic significance. The monastic refectory (complete with pulpit) has been fully restored, as have the kitchens, a friar's cell, the chapter hall (with a ballot box for the monks to vote in secret on priory decisions!) and much more. Next door is the priory church where the Maltese rebellion against Napoleon’s rule was sparked in 1798, eventually leading to British rule in Malta.

Price advice: 

Adults cost 4 euros, over 60s and children aged 12-17 are 3 euros. Children under 12 are free.

Expert tips: 
There are tours at 11am and 3pm and they are well worth going on – especially if they are led by curator Michelle Galea who is a treasure-trove of good stories.
Concerts are held in the refectory at noon most Saturdays. They are free with entry.
There is a lovely café here: The Old Priory Café.
Displays of contemporary art are often on show round the central courtyard.

More information on Old Priory Museum:

Price guide:
Historic site, Museum, Religious site
Villegaignon Street, Mdina
27 020 404
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
10am-5pm daily.
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