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Malta National Aquarium | Visitor information at a glance

Malta National Aquarium
  • What are the Malta National Aquarium opening hours?
    The Malta National Aquarium is open from 10 AM to 6 PM throughout the week.
  • Where is the Malta National Aquarium located?
    The Malta National Aquarium is located at Triq it-Trunciera, San Pawl il-Baħar SPB 1500, Malta. Get directions.

What are the Malta National Aquarium opening hours?

Daily: 10 AM to 6 PM

Last admission: 5:30 PM

What’s the best time to visit the Malta National Aquarium?

Aim for weekdays, especially early morning or late afternoon to dodge crowds. 

March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) marks off-season for Malta, and during these months, you will see fewer crowds and comfortable weather conditions for exploring the aquarium and other attractions in Malta.

Where is the Malta National Aquarium located?

Getting to the Malta National Aquarium

By public transportation

By public transportation

By bus: The closest bus stop to the aquarium is the Qawra Aquarium, served by buses 31, 45, 48, 186, 212, or 221. If you’re boarding from Valletta bus depot, you can reach in 30-40 minutes.

By car

By car

It takes 30-40 minutes to reach the aquarium from Valletta. Head northeast from Valletta onto Triq San Ġorġ, then follow signs to Triq Buqana. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Triq Birkirkara/Santa Venera, then turn right onto Triq Il-Qawra. There are signs near the aquarium that will lead you to the parking lot.

Parking

Free parking is available adjacent to the aquarium, providing convenient access for visitors arriving by car.

Qawra Promenade - Malta sealine

On foot

If you're in the Qawra area, start by locating the coastline or the Qawra Promenade. From the coastline or promenade, head towards the direction where the sea is on your right-hand side. 

As you walk along the promenade, keep an eye out for signs indicating the direction to the Malta National Aquarium. The building is located near the coastline.




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  • Ticketing and assistance services: The aquarium provides ticketing and assistance through dedicated personnel to facilitate smooth entry and address any queries visitors may have.
  • On-site first-aid support: For emergencies, a first-aid box is available on-site to ensure prompt assistance if needed.
  • Educational programs and workshops: Educational programs, workshops, and guided tours are offered to enhance understanding and appreciation of marine life.
  • Interactive children's play area: Children can engage in interactive play at the nautical-themed play area, designed to entertain and educate young visitors.
  • Restrooms: Restrooms and nappy-changing facilities are conveniently provided for the comfort and convenience of families with young children.
  • Internet services: Certain attractions within the aquarium offer Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing visitors to stay connected while exploring the exhibits.
aquarium is accessible to wheelchair users
  • The aquarium is accessible to wheelchair users, with accessible restrooms also available.
  • Accessible parking spaces with yellow badges are provided for visitors with mobility needs.
  • Service animals are permitted inside the aquarium to assist visitors.
  • The aquarium offers listening devices and braille/tactile support for visitors with sensory impairments.
  • Designated seating areas are available for visitors with disabilities, both indoors and outdoors.
  • The ticketing desk is equipped with a lowered section for wheelchair users and facilitates lip reading.
  • Audio fire alarms are installed to provide an alternate emergency route with ramps for impaired visitors.
  • Support services are provided for visitors who may feel overwhelmed by loud sounds and music at the aquarium.

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The Malta National Aquarium offers on-site dining options, or guests can explore nearby restaurants. 

  • La Nave Bistro: Indulge in traditional Mediterranean fare including pizzas, pasta, grills, and salads while taking in picturesque views of the sea, St Paul’s islands, Comino, and Gozo.
  • Café del Mar Malta: Open from April to October, Café del Mar Malta serves as both a beach club and restaurant offering lunch and dinner. Guests can savor a variety of grills, pasta, pizza, salads, and sushi amidst panoramic sea views and stunning sunsets.
  • Vecchia Napoli @ Qawra: Enjoy antipasti, pasta, grills, and stews, along with a delightful selection of house specialties and wines, at Vecchia Napoli @ Qawra.
  • Knickerbocker Bar & Restaurant: This spot has a diverse menu featuring English and Mediterranean cuisine. Whether you're seeking breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or simply want a quick drink or snack, feel free to stop by and indulge. 
shop

The Reef Gift shop offers a diverse selection of children's toys, games, books, and aquarium souvenirs. When you visit the Aquarium, seize the chance to have your picture captured. You can choose from a range of backgrounds, including festive themes like Halloween, Christmas, and Carnival. Your photos will be showcased on screens in the gift shop, where you can buy them as souvenirs.

  • Budget hotels: Salini Resort (3.9 km), Sunflower Hotel (1.9 km), Relax Inn Hotel (1.2 km)
  • Mid-range: Dolmen Hotel Malta (1.2 km), Soreda Hotel (1.2 km), Seashells Resort at Suncrest (750 m).
  • Luxury: San Antonio Hotel + Spa (1.2 km), Seaview Hotel Malta (890 m), Bella Vista Hotel Malta (1.5 km)
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  • Outside food and pets, with the exception of guide dogs, are prohibited within the aquarium premises.
  • Visitors are kindly requested to refrain from tapping on tanks or interacting with marine animals to ensure their well-being.
  • While photography is permitted, it is important to adhere to guidelines to prevent disturbance to marine life. Flash photography should be restricted to designated areas.
Baggage and belongings
  • Avail accessibility and convenience services: Buggies are available upon request to assist visitors with mobility needs, ensuring comfort and convenience during their visit.
  • Baggage and belongings: Guests are welcome to carry baggage inside the premises, allowing for personal belongings to be easily transported throughout the aquarium.
  • Stay informed about the aquarium’s schedule: To ensure a smooth and enjoyable visit, it's recommended to find out about any special events or closures that may impact your plans. Checking the aquarium's website regularly for updates can help you plan accordingly and avoid any unexpected disruptions.
  • Ensure safety: It's essential to keep a close watch on children to make sure of their safety throughout the aquarium. Adhering to posted age and height restrictions for certain attractions is vital to prevent accidents and ensure a safe experience for everyone.

Frequently asked questions about visiting the Malta National Aquarium

What are the operating hours for the Malta National Aquarium?

The Malta National Aquarium is open from 10 AM to 6 PM throughout the week. Entry to the museum closes at 5:30 PM.

How much time does it take to visit the Malta National Aquarium?

The duration of a visit to the National Aquarium in Malta can vary depending on personal interests. Plan to spend at least 2 hours, which will give you ample time to explore all the zones inside.

How do I book tickets to visit the Malta National Aquarium?

Tickets to visit the Malta National Aquarium can be booked online or bought at the ticket counter on the ground floor. It is highly recommended to use the online booking system. Online booking allows you to secure your entry in advance, avoiding long queues and ensuring a hassle-free experience.

How much does it cost to visit the Malta National Aquarium?

A standard ticket to the aquarium is €15.90.

Is Malta National Aquarium worth visiting?

Absolutely! With its stunning array of marine life, interactive exhibits, educational programs, and emphasis on conservation, the Malta National Aquarium offers a great experience that's both entertaining and enriching for visitors of all ages.

How long should I spend at Malta National Aquarium?

You'll want to allocate around 2-3 hours to fully explore the Malta National Aquarium, immersing yourself in its diverse exhibits, interactive displays and educational activities.

Where is the Malta National Aquarium located?

The Malta National Aquarium is situated in Qawra, a coastal town in the northern part of Malta, offering stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and easy access for visitors to enjoy its marine wonders.

How can I optimize my visit to the Malta National Aquarium for a more personal and less crowded experience?

To optimize your visit to the Malta National Aquarium for a more personal and less crowded experience, consider arriving early in the morning, preferably on weekdays, and utilizing the quieter periods during weekdays outside peak tourist seasons, allowing you to leisurely explore the exhibits, engage with staff, and enjoy the aquatic wonders with fewer crowds.

Can I visit the Malta National Aquarium with kids?

Of course! The Malta National Aquarium is perfect for families with kids, offering interactive exhibits, educational programs, and child-friendly activities, ensuring an enjoyable and enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

Do I need to book tickets for children?

Yes, it's advisable to book tickets for children in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment.

Are prams allowed in the Malta National Aquarium?

Yes, prams are typically allowed in the Malta National Aquarium, making it convenient for families with young children to navigate the exhibits comfortably.

What are the available amenities and assistance available for visitors with disabilities?

The Malta National Aquarium strives to be inclusive and accessible to all visitors, offering amenities such as wheelchair-accessible entrances, elevators, and restrooms, as well as assistance for visitors with disabilities, including trained staff who can provide guidance, accessible parking spaces, and special arrangements for those with specific needs upon request, ensuring an enjoyable and accommodating experience for all visitors.

What should I wear when visiting the Malta National Aquarium?

When visiting the Malta National Aquarium, it's best to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking and standing for an extended period, as well as considering layers for potential changes in temperature within the indoor facility, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience exploring the exhibits.

Do visitors at the Malta National Aquarium get access to Wi-Fi?

Yes, visitors to the Malta National Aquarium typically have access to Wi-Fi, allowing them to stay connected and share their experiences online while exploring the fascinating marine exhibits and enjoying the facilities.

Are dogs allowed inside the Malta National Aquarium?

No, dogs are generally not allowed inside the Malta National Aquarium, except for service animals assisting visitors with disabilities, ensuring a comfortable and safe environment for all visitors and the marine life housed within the facility.

Can I bring my food and drink to the Malta National Aquarium?

While outside food and drink are typically not allowed inside the Malta National Aquarium to maintain cleanliness and prevent potential harm to the marine life, the facility often provides designated areas for visitors to enjoy refreshments purchased on-site, ensuring a pleasant and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Are there shops at the Malta National Aquarium?

Yes, there is a gift shop called the Reef gift shop at the Malta National Aquarium where visitors can browse and purchase souvenirs, gifts, and marine-themed merchandise, allowing them to take home a memorable memento of their visit to the aquarium.