Surprisingly few people know where to find Malta on a map. (Common reactions include, "Oh, like the Maltese Falcon?" or mine, "I had a Bichon Frise, which are descended from the Maltese breed! Err…") Even fewer know that what may be the oldest freestanding buildings in the world, megalithic temples, are present on 2 of Malta's main islands, Malta and Gozo.
In addition to the UNESCO World Heritage sites, there are several other locations of archaeological and paleontological interest, yielding thousands of fossils, as well as ancient art and religious objects, to modern scientists for study and reflection. Some of the most significant finds, including objects over 7,000 years old, are on display in the National Museum of Archaeology.
Venus of Malta, discovered at Ħaġar Qim temple.
Two other great finds on display include the Sleeping Lady and the Colossal Lady. I can only find online reference to the latter as one of the "fat lady" sculptures of Malta, but I'm pretty sure she was called "colossal." I have a picture of myself standing next to the original (there is a reproduction/partial restoration version at the Tarxien temple where she was unearthed), but all this "fat lady" stuff is more than enough motivation for me NOT to share the photos that include moi. Ahem. …oh, ok. Here's a link to a photo of the Colossal Lady in the museum — sans me.
I think most non-Maltese people go to Malta for the sun, beaches, sailing, fishing, and giant water tanks. The temples and museums, however, are not to be missed. You can even go to a cave where bones of dwarf elephants were discovered — DWARF ELEPHANTS! How cool is that?!?
So, yeah — find Malta on a map and visit! You'll feel extra clever for a long time. ;)