Museums & Galleries


Main Gate Street, Vittoriosa, BRG 1023, Malta

Inquisitors Palace

The Inquisitor’s Palace was erected in the 1530’s as the civil law courts of the Order of St. John soon after the Knights arrived in Malta.

Although its successive occupants changed much in the structure of the building, the Inquisitor’s Palace remains an architectural gem, representative of the chequered history and European heritage of the Islands. The Inquisitor’s Palace is now home to the museum of Ethnography, focusing on the popular devotions and religious values latent in Maltese ethnic identity and culture up to the present day. Careful historical reconstruction of the palace is under way based on extensive research of documents in the Inquisition archives in Malta and at the Vatican.

In addition to the display areas in the tribunal room, the prison complex and the kitchen, which are already restored, there is a permanent exhibition on the impact of the Inquisition on Maltese society. The exhibition studies themes such as the Eucharist, the Holy Family confession, preaching and the cult of saints.

Contact Information

  • Phone: +356 21827006

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General Information

  • How to get there: Vittoriosa is one of the three fortified cities, together with Cospicua and Senglea. Simply take the bus to Vittoriosa (Birgu) main bus terminus and walk towards the town centre.
  • Opening Days:
    • Monday
    • Tuesday
    • Wednesday
    • Thursday
    • Friday
    • Saturday
    • Sunday
  • Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 0900hrs till 1700hrs. Last admission: 1630hrs. Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, and Good Friday.
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