Palazzo Falson is the second oldest structure still standing in Mdina, parts of which date back to the 13th century. In 1927 the Palazzo was bought by Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889–1962), who was very concerned with the conservation of the cultural heritage of our islands. An artistic man himself, Gollcher was a passionate collector of objets d’art, whose collections included paintings, silver, furniture, jewellery, oriental rugs and armoury, among others. Gollcher wanted his house to be preserved with its contents as a museum open to the general public, and in his will he left instructions for the setting up of a foundation bearing his name that was to carry out this wish. Following a five-year intensive restoration exercise, Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum opened its doors to the public in May 2007, and has already established itself as one of Malta’s foremost cultural attractions.
We recommend that you read our COVID-19 health and safety measures before visiting.
The Museum attempts to preserve the ambience of Olof Gollcher’s private house, and visitors are therefore asked to observe the regulations necessary for protecting the works of art and their domestic setting. Touching of items on display is prohibited. Smoking, vaping, eating and drinking is not permitted in the Museum. Photography is allowed throughout the museum. Photography must be for personal, non-commercial use only. The use of flash, selfie sticks, tripods and camera supports are not permitted. Because few ropes or glass cases are used to guard fragile objects, children under five are not admitted to the Museum, and those between the ages of six and eighteen must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We provide lockers at the ticketing office for backpacks and small bags (no larger than 30x30cm or 30x50cm). Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate for large bags, suitcases or large items such as prams, pushchairs, bicycles, scooters, etc.Scooters, roller blades, skateboards or bicycles are not allowed anywhere inside the Museum. Pets are not allowed entry into the Museum. All the Museum policies apply at Gustav Café.