A Knight of Malta Greets You At The Entrance to The Malta Experience
A Knight of Malta Greets You At The Entrance to The Malta Experience

What Is The Malta Experience?

The Malta Experience takes you on a 45-minute audio-visual journey through Malta’s 7000-year history. It takes place in a purpose built, air-conditioned auditorium- a perfect way to escape the summer heat. The show is offered in 17 different languages, so once you’re seated in the theatre, pop on your headphones and choose your language. Setting your language is even easy for someone as technologically challenged as me. Have to admit, we did wonder if the history changed a little, if you were maybe French or German 🙂

It’s a great place to visit at the start of your trip to Malta as it will definitely give you a better understanding of the country and some of the historical sites you’ll be visiting.

Headphones Inside The Theatre At The Malta Experience
Headphones Inside The Theatre At The Malta Experience

The first couple of minutes and the last couple of minutes were a bit schmaltzy, but the rest of the show was actually quite fascinating. Great cinematography and the 45 minutes passed very quickly.

When you leave the theatre -surprise, surprise, you pass through a shop, but there were some excellent value Maltese souvenirs and a collection of books about Malta.

La Sacra Infermeria

The Malta Experience The Main Ward at La Sacra Infermeria
The Main Ward at La Sacra Infermeria

Following the show, and included in the price of your ticket, is a tour of La Sacra Infermeria which is now part of the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

The Sacra Infermeria was built in 1574 and at the time was the most revolutionary hospital in Europe. Many groundbreaking treatments were invented here, such as serving food on silver plates to prevent bacteria from spreading and using honey to treat wounds. According to our guide, if they needed ever to amputate, rather than use a saw, limbs were swiftly removed with a guillotine. Remember there was no anaesthetic in those days- ouch!!

The tour takes around 25 minutes, and the guide was very interesting.
If you wanted to learn more about the hospital, there’s also a small private museum within the Conference Centre that’s not connected to the Malta Experience, although they will offer you a discount to enter. It is usually €5,50 to visit or with the discount, just €3. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to go inside. Maybe next time. If you go there, please tell us what it’s like in the comments below.

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Underground Tunnel To The Malta Experience
Underground Tunnel To The Malta Experience

How Do I Get To The Malta Experience?

  • The Malta Experience is located in the St. Elmo Bastions in
    Valletta.
  • Buses from all over Malta stop at the Valletta City Gate and from there, it’s just a 15 minutes walk. Follow the signs.
  • Coming by car, go via Barriera street. Remember though; parking is a bit of a nightmare in Valletta.
  • Coming from Sliema or The Three Cities, we’d recommend taking the ferry.

How Much Does It Cost To See The Malta Experience?

  • Adult €16
  • Children (5-11 years old) €6
  • Children (0-4 years old) Free

The price of the ticket includes The Malta Experience Show and the Sacra Infermeria Tour.

Top Tip – We bought our tickets on http://dealtoday.com.mt, got a Malta Experience discount, and the cost of the ticket was only €9 per person. This site is also handy for finding deals on other tours, boat trips and spas. By the way, we are not affiliated with this site at all; we just like finding deals.

What Time Is The Maltese Experience Show?

  • Monday to Friday:
    Shows take place on the hour at 11:00 – 12:00 – 13:00 – 14:00 – 15:00 – 16.00.
    There’s an extra showing at 10:00 in the month of June.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays:
    11:00 – 12:00 – 13:00 -14:00*
    *Note that there’s no 14:00 show on Sundays from July to September.
  • The Ticket Booth opens daily at 10:30 hrs (except in June, see above).
  • The Malta Experience is closed Christmas Day, Easter Day and New Year’s Day.

Is The Malta Experience Worth It?

Yes, we both enjoyed it more than we thought we would. For those coming to Malta to see Valletta and some of the island’s many historical sights, we really recommend seeing the show. It will definitely give you a better understanding of what makes Malta so unique.

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