Esplora, Malta’s Interactive Science Centre; an informal educational and recreation facility suited to visitors of all age groups.
Esplora is located at Villa Bighi in Kalkara overlooking the Grand Harbour. The building was formerly used as a hospital by the Royal Navy. It consists of a number of buildings and outdoor spaces, all interconnected following an extensive restoration and development process which is now complete.
The primary aim is for Visitors to experience science as being fun, exciting, and enjoyable. Visitors to the open area of Esplora are able to engage with science through hands-on interaction amongst other activities. Science will be projected as being easy to understand and entertaining through a range of workshops, science shows and debates.
Visitors are encouraged throughout the careful design of the spaces see the relevance and the presence of science in their everyday lives. Esplora offers all the opportunity to discover and understand science at their own pace through a series of hands-on experiences and phenomena – related exhibits. In this way, we communicate the importance of the scientific processes: consisting of questioning, predicting, experimenting, analyzing and making conclusions.
Features within Esplora include a Planetarium, an Outdoor Adventure Experience, an Activity Centre as well as interactive exhibition halls catering for every age and interest.
The exhibition entitled “Life at Bighi” is housed in the Cot Lift, the entrance to Esplora for visitors arriving by boat to the Esplora jetty, which will be complete in the next few months. This exhibition and shall features artefacts and memorabilia pertaining to the years when Villa Bighi was used as a hospital.
The novel hands-on exhibits and unique elements of the Centre, as well as the recreational areas including the EsploraCafé, makes Esplora one Malta’s top attractions.
The project is being led by the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and is part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund
We aspire to cultivate a culture of scientific curiosity and creativity by igniting a passion for questioning, investigation and discovery through encouraging our staff and visitors to Explore, Think, Imagine.
Esplora will be operated by the Malta Council for Science and Technology under the direction of the Science Popularisation Unit, characterised by a dynamic multi-disciplinary team that is driven by shared principles and objectives. The resultant work environment lends itself to the continuous enhancement of the Unit’s endeavour to promote Science Communication and highlight its importance in today’s society.
Details about Esplora’s staff and operational structure shall be provided in the near future.
We will provide an open and supportive environment that allows our team and visitors to thrive, especially after repeated visits. Whilst valuing and respecting one another’s contributions, we will support one another’s aspirations and celebrate diversity. We will actively review feedback from our team and visitors to continuously uphold our core values.