In our previous blog post we wrote about Malta’s War Museums. In today’s post, we are going to talk about the Malta Aviation Museum and Malta Postal Museum.
The Malta Aviation Museum
The Malta Aviation Museum Foundation is a non-benefit organisation which was formed in 1994. It was set up with one goal in mind: to create and display amazing presentations of Malta’s rich aviation history to the general public.
Ever since its birth, the Foundation has endeavored to secure, restore and safeguard different air ships, ancient artifacts and important documentation.
The Exhibition hall was established in three hangars (Romney huts) in what was previously the RAF Ta’Qali Aerodrome, but currently it has come to own amongst other things, 2 new large hangers in addition to a cafe, chapel, memorial garden, air warden hut, toilet facilities and so on.
The Malta Aviation Museum has developed extensive skills over the years to successfully restore complete aircraft.
In Malta, the first flight of a powered aircraft took place from the Grand Harbour in 1915. Some of the restored aircraft includes:
Since then a rich aviation history has been created by the people, aircraft and organisations involved over the last 100 years. The aim of the Malta Aviation Museum Foundation is to preserve and promote this history for the benefit of future generations and the worldwide aviation community.
The Hawker Hurricane IIa
North American Texan T6G
Supermarine Spitfire MkIX EN199
View a full list of WW2 Planes at the Malta Aviation Museum.
MALTA POSTAL MUSEUM
The Malta Postal Museum, run by the postal operator MaltaPost, is one of Malta’s recent projects and one of its own kind. Its inauguration was held last year on the 17th of June.
The Museum is housed in a restored 20th century townhouse in Malta’s Capital City of Valletta, close to the Grandmaster’s Palace and the Church of Our Lady of Damascus. Its fascinating exhibition displays centuries of Malta’s postal history, starting as early as the 16th century and moving on towards the present day.
The Museum, however is not constrained to wafer seals and stamps of all times, but also displays uniforms and bicycles, marking different milestones in history.
Additionally, it recounts the stories of the numerous people who had an influence in the improvement of the Islands’ means of correspondence.
The end product of the Museum is the result of documents, artifacts, stories and encounters that have been meticulously gathered for the purpose of sharing knowledge about the rich and entrancing history of the Post with the common man.
Without a doubt, the Malta Postal Museum is perfect for the avid stamp collectors, however it is also very interesting for the general visitor who can certainly appreciate the historical value behind the various artifacts.
While visiting the Postal Museum, you can also ask one of the staff members to take a photo of you in order to create your very own sheet of postage stamps!