Malta Maritime Museum

About the Project

Housed within the old naval bakery on the Birgu waterfront, the Malta Maritime Museum dates back to the 1840s. As the largest museum on the island, the Maritime Museum hosts a collection of over 20,000 artifacts, which trace Malta’s maritime history back to prehistory.

Scope of Works

AX Construction was tasked with conducting infrastructural rehabilitation works on the museum site to restore the building to its former glory. Works included restoration of concrete and masonry to preserve the building’s historical details, such as period arches and vaulted ceilings. Intensive structural works were carried out to rehabilitate the central hall of the building, the stairwell, the large silo, and the stores. Along the years a number of interventions were done to the building which AXC had to reverse to their original state or rehabilitate.

Existing roofs, which were in a depleted structural condition, were demolished and reconstructed with the installation of timber beams and roof slabs. Intermediate floors were built using steel beam supports and concrete roof slabs. The upper roof of the central halls was rehabilitated through consolidating and restoring original timber beams and roof slabs which were deemed to be in fit condition.

Our Goals & Achievements

  • To conserve this building of national heritage and its surroundings.
  • To restore this historic museum to its former glory and enrich the Malta’s cultural heritage.
  • Project successfully completed in accordance with pre-set timeframes.
  • Expose its beauty and give life to it by making all of the building accessible to the public.