The St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum Extension and Refurbishment
The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation has plans for the total state-of-the art refurbishment and extension of the museum to accommodate the ever-increasing amount of tourists and Maltese wanting to visit, and especially because the current layout of the museum does not exhibit all its priceless artefacts in the right conservation environment.
The Foundation has been studying this project for several years to showcase its collections. These include, amongst others, all twenty-nine Flemish Tapestries, the Sacred Vestments, the Silver Collection, the Illuminated manuscripts, and the Cappella Ardente. A Caravaggio Centre is also planned and this will focus on the life and works of the most celebrated artist of the Baroque era, whose most prestigious painting, The Beheading of St John, graces the Oratory.
The proposed enhancement will make maximum use of present vacant spaces; it will also house the one-of-a-kind Flemish tapestries series together in one hall which is presently dispersed in several rooms. Appropriate lighting, climate control, and reading areas will also be introduced. The new and spacious entrance to St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum will provide comfortable facilities for visitors and easy accessibility for the physically challenged. The extension will have no direct impact on the church, designed is such a way that will allow flexible opening hours of the museum. Thus, priceless collections will be exhibited as well as conserved for future generations to appreciate.
The extended museum will enhance the cultural equity of Valletta. It will also strengthen the notion of cultural tourism and it will therefore contribute to the islands’ credentials as a multi-faceted destination with a strong cultural presence. In addition, this renovation ties in perfectly with the honour of having Valletta host the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018.
Artistic impression of the entrance
Artistic impression of the silver vaults
Artistic impression of the tapestry chamber
Artistic impression of the choral books chamber