The elderly will now have the opportunity to visit all the sites managed by Heritage Malta. All those who are 60 years and over will be able to apply for the Adult Passport which is being issued by Heritage Malta for this purpose.
Following the success of the student passport which entitled them to visit museums and national patrimonial sides. the Culture Ministry will be expanding this opportunity for those who are 60+ to visit all the historical sites except for the Hypogeum and Ħal Saflieni.
The Chief Executive of Heritage Malta, Noel Zammit, said that it was satisfying to note that the passport has led to thousands of Maltese to visit historical places because every student can be accompanied by two adults.
“More than 40,000 people have gone to the museums and our sites, thanks to this passport. To date, almost 10,000 passports have been collected and each one has been used more than once at museums and our sites. We have organised activities related to these passports and the response has been exceptional.”
The Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar said that the accessibility which will be created through this passport for the elderly will continue to increase the appreciation of our cultural heritage and Maltese identity.
Culture Minister Owen Bonnici said that our cultural heritage can now be enjoyed much more by the elderly, thanks to this passport.
“We will now be removing, once and for all, any walls which used to prevent people from visiting our heritage sites. We feel that in this way we will be increasing access. We are creating an opportunity to create memories where you will have different generations sharing this wonderful experience as well as increasing the appreciation of our valuable history”.
Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis said that the doors will be open for free at 7 historical sites so that the elderly can share this experience with the new generation.
The applications for this adult passport can be obtained from the local councils.