Malta’s capital city has been showing off its cultural side with the opening of its flagship national community arts museum,
The €10 million Muza centre is the centerpiece of Valletta’s 2018 European Capital of Culture.
The official opening of the new state-of-the-art interactive gallery was attended by the Prime Minister, Culture Minister Owen Bonnici and Heritage Malta chairman Anton Refalo.
Joseph Muscat told the audience: ‘Muza it is a gift to Malta on the occasion of Valletta 2018 as the European Capital of Culture.
‘A gift for all people. Gift for children who can bring their parents … and children are free to bring their parents because art is not art without people.’
Muza is based in the 15th-century Auberge d’Italie in Merchants St, once home to the Knights of St John.
It will house the art collection of the former national gallery plus new acquisitions and commissions.
There are rumours of world-class pieces being loaned temporarily from Florence or Rome.
Muza will be green-powered, generating its energy requirements through renewable sources, and represent a best practice in retro-fitting a Maltese historic building.
Read more: Muza – Heritage Malta