Old Priory Museum

Address: Villegaignon Street, Mdina, Malta
Telephone: 27 020 404

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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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History