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Compare two or three local museums that you have visited

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Compare two or three local museums that you have visited Henriette Sultana B.A. Tourism Studies Year 4 Museology Dr. Anthony Pace Introduction The traditional understanding of a museum is that it is a permanent non-profit institution housing collections of objects of artistic, historic, or scientific interest, conserved and displayed for the edification and enjoyment of the public. The main aim is to collect, preserve, study and interpret this assortment of objects. I tried to keep this concept in my mind during my visits to two prominent museums in Malta. My choice fell on the Inquisitor's Palace, due to the fact that at the moment it is housing one of the most intriguing collections in the world and the second choice fell on the Museum of Fine Arts due to the debate that I often hear regarding the present situation of this building. The Inquisitor's Palace The Inquisitor's Palace is a grim reminder of the days of the Inquisition in Malta. Established in 1562 and abolished by the French in 1798. It is situated at the very heart of Vittoriosa and many described it as "one of the very few surviving examples of such palaces found in Europe and South America". Arriving there resulted to be no hassle at all. The road signs were very clear and I was thankful that parking did not present a problem. ...read more.

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To my amazement these 8-9 year olds even asked intelligent questions about what they were seeing and I was further convinced then, that if artefacts are properly placed and explained, every one could enjoy them and learn from them. The building per se is in good shape and it somewhat gives the effect that is needed to present that period that it is known for. It is well maintained and even though there are at present works going on, one could barely notice it. Unfortunately not the same could be said about the Musuems of Fine Arts. The Museums of Fine Arts I chose to visit this museum on Republic Day when entrance to all museums was free. This was not my first visit to this museum, but it was quite some time ago since I last saw it, so I was hoping that I would see some changes. What a dissappointment! As I walked along Republic Street I checked out for signs but could not see any. This was important because knowing that this museum is situated away from the normal tourist bubble I wanted to know whether any tourists who were interested in fine arts could find it. So much so as I turned in South Street I met an old english couple who were asking for directions. Since I was heading that way they walked with me till we arrived there. ...read more.

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The building in itself is beautiful even though it is rundown and with the examples of those two rooms which were made up, the museum can be made up to look beautiful. It is a pity that the works of Mattia Preti are not given their due importance, or any other artist for that matter. Unfortunately the only description that I could give to this place is that of a hotchpotch of paintings hanging without any structure or direction. Conclusion In conclusion therefore I must add that to compete with all the other media today, museums have to use the genuine things that only they possess in order to increase people's appreciation and understanding of the past. They're failing to do this at the moment. Pure example is the Museum of Fine Arts that I just described. It contains some of the world's rarest treasures, yet its labels communicate only the briefest and most mundane information. How many people shuffling past these painting look at them with any understanding? It would be perfectly possible, to create a whole display that introduced the visitors to the artists's times and life's work, and led them, by degrees, to that painting in particular, so that, when they looked at it, they catch a glimpse of the painter's mental effort as he tried to depict the soul. But as it is, visitors pass on without a second glance at these remarkable achievements of mankind. ...read more.

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