In a first for Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum on the 12th March 2020 – prior to the nationwide shutdown implemented by authorities – the palazzo closed its doors to the general public. The decision was not taken lightly, but health and safety of visitors and staff became a top priority.
Now, Palazzo Falson is welcoming visitors once again.
The 800-year-old palazzo in Mdina houses the antiques collection of Captain Olof Gollcher. Gollcher was an artist, scholar and philanthropist, and also a keen collector of objets d’art and historical objects. His mark is best felt in the outdoor courtyard which occupies the centre of his former home. Here he added the staircase, fountain and folly inspired by examples he came across during his travels.
Before the museum’s closure, the installation of a rooftop pollinator haven had begun. Here, you’ll find a small green patch of mostly local plants, all purposely chosen for bees to find the ideal spot to forage. The outdoor garden enjoys a panoramic backdrop of the island and serves an homage to Gollcher’s love of Malta’s natural spaces.
During its closure the museum took time to reflect and prepare for a safe reopening. The Palazzo is committed to implementing the measures introduced by Maltese authorities, but has also set up measures to invest in the safety of visitors.
In an exclusive move for the museum, hourly tours will be organised, allowing visitors to experience the museum with in-house guides who have studied the story of the house. Small groups, of no more than eight people, will be asked to observe social distancing rules while learning about the history of the building and its artifacts. For visitors who do not understand English, the audio guide can be downloaded in Maltese, Italian, French, Spanish or German to a smart phone or tablet. It is important that you bring along your own headphones.
Ultimately, the reopening of the museum will uphold Gollcher’s mission to share his phenomenal collection and house with the public.
Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum is found on Villegaignon Street in Mdina. Palazzo Falson is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm (last tour at 3.00 pm). Tours are held at 11.00 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm. Visitors who would like to listen to the audio guide will be asked to follow the tour group.
Pre-booking your ticket is recommended; you may call tel. no: 21454512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed entry into the museum.
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