The palace in which the National Museum of Natural History is situated, was built in the 18th century under the role of Master Manoel de Vilhena. During the cholera-epidemy in 1837 it was used as a sanatory for ill people, in 1860 as a military hospital for british soldiers and in the early 20th century it functioned as a hospital for tuberculosis patients. Nowadays the palace houses a museum with more than 10.000 stones and minerals, countless birds, mammals, marine animals, insects and much else. It even hosts the largest squid taken from the Maltese waters – an impressive creature!
If you are interested in Malta's flora and fauna, as well as it's geological and paleontological history, you shouldn't miss this museum!
Opening hours are daily between 9am and 5pm and the entrance fee is 5 Euro (discounts for children, students and seniors available).