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The Maltese Islands still lack a dedicated Medical History Museum, but there are a number of collections with a medical history import scattered around the Islands. The most important exhibition include:

  • The Knights Hospitallers permanent exhibition housed in the basement of the Sacra Infermeria at Valletta
  • The Sir Temi Zammit Laboratory permanent exhibition housed in the top floor of the Palazzo Castellana in Valletta and
  • The Psychiatric History Exhibition housed in the ground floor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Asylum at Attard.

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The University and Medical School has a number of items that reflect various aspects of medical history. In 1997, the then Dean of the Faculty Prof. M.P. Brincat decided to set up the Library & Museums Committee of the Faculty under the chairmanship of Prof. M.T. Camilleri Podesta, a role that eventually was taken over by the Museum & Archives Committee of the Faculty under the chairmanship of Prof. C. Savona-Ventura. An attempt was made to collate together the various medical history artifacts belonging to the Faculty in a permanent exhibition, first at the Medical School at Pieta and eventually partly transfered to the Medical School lobby at Mater Dei Hospital. Unfortunately because of present physical space limitations, it is difficult to collect and present these items in an ordered sequential form under one roof as a permanent exhibit.

This webpage set up by Prof. C. Savona-Ventura is therefore an attempt to create a virtual museum to show and catalogue the medical history items held by the Medical School and the University. One hopes that in the future the relevant authorities will allot space for the creation of a dedicated Medical History Museum.


Reference: C. Savona-Ventura, C. Borg Galea. Universitas Studiorum Melitensis - Medicinae Chirugiaeque Facultate: Roll of Honour. Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Malta, 2007, +48p.

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Last Updated: 17 April 2012

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