Located in the historic Sixteenth Century Auberge d’Italie, the National Museum of Art, Muża, is one of the strongest legacies of the Valletta 2018 European Capital City of Culture. It hosts a remarkable collection of over 20,000 works of European creativity, exhibiting works produced by world-renowned artists who feature top museums around the world.

  • Valletta



  • European Regional Development Fund


    European Regional Development Fund

  • Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy


    Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy

  • €9,147,872

    Cost of Project


  • €7,318,298

    Total EU Allocation


The project provides a unique spot to celebrate Malta’s art history and present, bringing these elements closer to the community, by showcasing Malta’s national art collection. The project, made possible through a significant injection of European funding, included an extensive restoration of the Auberge, as a result of  which it was transformed into one of Malta’s first examples of energy self-sufficient and low carbon footprint buildings.

The museum, which kept the traditional features surrounding modern interiors,  houses works of art from the 15th until the 20th Century including the largest collection of paintings by the Southern Italian Baroque artist Mattia Preti, the Italian artist known for his beautiful works in St John’s Co-Cathedral.

Lots of attention was given to ensure that no energy is lost, through the installation of sensors which adjust the temperature accordingly while an insulation layer was added to the roof and photovoltaic panels were installed to provide the required energy for the museum’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

Investment in art brings benefit which go beyond the cultural sector. It is a place where local artists can call home, but also, a modern building which will attract locals and visitors who perhaps have a fleeting curiosity in art. Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling critical thinking and values while translating experiences across space and time.

It is also an important foundation in Malta’s efforts to strengthen the country’s creative economy. The increased accessibility of art is crucial in transforming the country into a more attractive place to live for people and families working in any industry.

This project, completed in late 2018, carried an investment of over €9m, with the Cohesion funds contributing €7.3m through the “Fostering a competitive and sustainable economy to meet our challenges” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period. In its first full year of operations, in 2019, over 5,000 people visited the museum.

What was originally a building for nobility, has now been transformed into a public space for all the population and its visitors to enjoy.

Photos – Jean Marc Zerafa


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