Curious Beauty exhibition poster

Welcome to

Palazzo Falson

Historic House Museum

Palazzo Falson courtyard

The 13th-century palazzo, set in the heart of the medieval city of Mdina, was the home of Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE (1889-1962). Olof was an artist, soldier, collector and philanthropist.

The Gollchers were Swedish ship owners and traders who came to Malta in 1848. Olof Gollcher bought the palazzo with his mother in 1927, and he made the house his home until he died in 1962.

Olof Frederick Gollcher
Olof Frederick Gollcher

The Gollchers were Swedish ship owners and traders, who came to Malta in 1848. Olof Gollcher bought the palazzo with his mother in 1927 and he made the house his home until he died in 1962.

Fob Watch by Robert Robi

The Olof Gollcher Collection comprises artefacts originating from European and Mediterranean countries, between the 15th and 20th centuries, including furniture, arms, armour, jewellery, coins, paintings, fans, rugs, documents, manuscripts, silver and glass.


Adult Ticket €12

Student Ticket (with valid student card) €6

Senior Ticket €6

ISIC and ICOM €6

10 % discount for EYCA cardholders

Children aged 6 to 12 visit the museum for free when accompanied by an adult. Children under 6 years are not permitted in the museum.

Same ticket prices apply for 'Curious Beauty: An Alternative Costume Exhibition'.

Tickets can be purchased at Palazzo Falson

Ticket includes:

Audio Guide

Maltese, English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.

Printed and Digital Information

English, Maltese, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Russian, Portuguese, Swedish, Japanese, Dutch, Slovak, Czech, Arabic, Spanish, Polish and Hungarian.

10% Discount at Gustav Café

Opening Hours

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (last entry)
Extended Opening Hours:
Fridays from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (last entry)

Getting Here

Villegaignon Street, Mdina, MDN 1191


The restoration of Palazzo Falson and its collections, and its opening up to the public as a state-of-the-art museum could only be undertaken by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti (FPM – Maltese Heritage Foundation) with the generous financial support afforded to the foundation by its supporters. FPM looks to you to provide support to undertake new projects.


The mission of Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum is:

• To keep together and display the collection amassed by Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE in an appropriate museum environment, while maintaining the character of a historic home;

• To use the collection and the building as a means to educate and to transmit the enjoyment of culture to all who visit, as well as to provide an unparalleled visitor experience;

• To use the Museum as a showcase of Maltese and foreign decorative and fine arts;

• To preserve the fabric of the house in a way that is befitting of an important architectural monument;

• To develop programmes to engage and educate young students about the diversity, value and enjoyment of art;

• To disseminate knowledge about the history of the house and the collections;

• To record and celebrate the life and achievements of Captain Olof Frederick Gollcher OBE;

• To involve people, to encourage a sense of ownership and to provoke curiosity about art and history;

• To stimulate further academic research on the history of the building and the collections;

• To provide a model of how a private collection can be kept together for posterity, through conservation, studies, publications, and sharing with the public in a viable and professional manner.

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