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“Best Mannequin Museum of the Knights, but hard to find.”

Great Siege of Malta and the Knights of St. John
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Valletta Private Walking Tour
Ranked #38 of 87 things to do in Valletta
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England, UK
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“Best Mannequin Museum of the Knights, but hard to find.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2010

There are three mannequin museums about the knights of St John on Malta. One called the "The Knights of Malta" in Mdina, one called "The Knights Hospitallers" also in Valletta, and this one. Don't get them confused. Having done so myself and ended up visiting all three, this one is easily the best, but it is also the hardest to find and least well advertised (I only knew it existed because of the tripadvisor reviews).

Look for it tucked away in the corner of independence square behind a sea of umbrellas from the cafes that cover most of the square. It is at the back on the right.

Once inside you get an audio guide and a description of the great siege of 1565, illustrated by life sized static mannequins. There is one obvious route to take and the places to press the buttons for the audio commentary are well signposted. Some of the famous details of the siege are well illustrated, and I found the length and level of detail just right.

Oh and you get a voucher for a free cup of coffee at the end. Somewhat oddly this is not to spend in the really nice coffee shop you pass through on the way out, but for the somewhat downmarket ones on the square that so well camouflage the entrance.
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“Excellent Story Telling!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2009

The concierge at my hotel advised I go see this walkthrough experience since it had just been refurbished and thank goodness he did.

Visiting a place like Malta it is easy to get tied up in the sea and beach scene and let the culture pass you by, but this show gives a real insight into the history the Maltese are so proud of.

Basically a walkthrough, with cool light and sound effects... only takes 25 minutes but well worth the trip into Valletta... especially with the beautiful cafes which are in the area.

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“fascinating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2007

I confess we only went in here as we had a free ticket and wanted to get out of the sun for a while - but it was well worth visiting. Rather old fashioned models etc, it is a walk through display of the history of the siege of malta, all explained throught he headphones - we were in there about 1 and a half hrs and learnt so much - even my 13 yr old enjoyed it.

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“This is great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2004

This is an excellent presentation. It is up there with the best I have ever seen.

When you pay for admission you get a CD player to guide you through the display and then you make your way around at your own pace. The Cd works automatically as you enter each part of the display and if you want to hear it again you just go back to the beginning of the section to start the commentary again.

The display is so well done with a combination of life size figures, prints and videos that you really get a feel of how it must have been back in the 1500s. You can't help but admire the knights after going through this display.

Seeing this display helps you to understand why the Maltese are rightly proud of their history and why they held on so bravely in World War Two.

Make sure you see this exhibition if you are in Valletta.

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