On 17 June 2016, the Malta Postal Museum was inaugurated by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta.
This new heritage attraction is housed in a restored townhouse at Archbishop Street, Valletta and includes items of postal history within a display of documents and artifacts.
Through the display of objects, narration of stories and interactive experiences the museum seeks to relate the important role played by the Post. Selectively collected and professionally displayed, the objects tell the story of Malta's experiences of war, governance, trade, love and politics.
Addressing those present, the President of Malta expressed her pleasure in inaugurating a far-reaching and comprehensive collection - a collection that places Malta firmly in the centre of early postal activity. "The post holds a prominent role in the local community and although this has changed with time, the Malta Postal Museum will help conserve its legacy for future generations" said the President.
In his address, MaltaPost Chairman Joseph Said, explained how Malta's postal service traces its origins to the sixteenth century as the country's strategic location called for an efficient means of communication be it in times of prosperity or decline, peace or war. "The creation of this museum confirms MaltaPost's commitment to promote initiatives that benefit the community through the acquisition, conservation and presentation of related historical material".
This investment is supported by EU funding and ensures that the museum is equipped to offer visitors a comprehensive, informative and enjoyable experience - a worthy addition to the rich cultural heritage with which Malta and Gozo have been blessed." explained Mr. Said.
The museum promises to be an enjoyable experience for all the family. The dedicated kids' area on the upper floor welcomes children to ‘play' the postman, watch an educational audio visual or design artwork for their own stamps. An engaging programme for schools linked to the educational curriculum is also being developed to welcome school children of all ages.
For art and culture lovers, the museum holds two galleries which showcase temporary exhibitions. The first exhibition includes the artworks of Malta's foremost stamp designer Emvin Cremona. The museum includes a shop with specifically designed merchandise, inspired by the rich legacy of the post and the museum's own collection.
The Malta Postal Museum shall be open for visitors with effect from Monday 20th June 2016. The opening hours are 1000 hrs to 1600 hrs Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the Museum shall be open for visitors from 1000 hrs till 1400 hrs.
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