National Museum of Natural History, Mdina

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The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in the mediaeval walled city of Mdina, Malta. It is housed in Palazzo Vilhena, a French Baroque palace rebuilt in 1726 by Grand Master Antonio Manoel de Vilhena to designs of Charles François de Mondion. The museum opened to the public in 1973, and is run by Heritage Malta.
The museum gives the visitor an overview of Maltese ecosystems, focusing on endemic plants and bird of the Islands, such as the Maltese Centaury and Blue Rock Thrush.
This museum display ranks a large variety of minerals, fossils, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals, fish and sections about Geology and Palaeontology.
On Tuesday May 18, 2004, Malta’s Apollo 17 Goodwill Moon rock was stolen from the Museum. According to an Associated Press story the Moon rock has a value of 5 million dollars (U.S), making it one of the largest valued thefts in Malta's history. The Moon rock has not been recovered.
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  • Interesting exhibits. So much to see and to learn. This is a great museum to visit while you’re in Mdina, for sure! Attention families with little ones: there is no elevator!  more »
  • This museum is a quick tour but worth it as it holds relative interesting information about the Area, the Sea life and history and the buildings are impressive.  more »
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  • The natural history museum in Mdina is located just inside the city walls in a grand old building. Whilst it is only €5 to go in, I would suggest it is overpriced, the museum is quite small and no interactive features at all. The exhibits and artefacts are all dated and looks to have seen better days. You would struggle to spend more than an hour here even with children that are interested in the subject. In addition to the main two floors there is a small room in the adjacent building on rocks and minerals.
  • The biggest disappointment in Mdina. Very small with a rather poor collection. Geology faculty in one of universities in my home city has bigger collection presented in corridors and for free. 5 euro per adult is a bit too much. If you have never seen a natural history museum in your life, perhaps visit this one. Otherwise, not worth it.
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