The four Citadel Museums are open for free at Santa Marija
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All four Heritage Malta Museums at the Citadel in Victoria, Gozo. will be open for free on Thursday, the 15th of August, the Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, also known as Santa Marija,
The museums are the Gozo Nature Museum, the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Folklore Museum and the Old Prisons.
There will be the oppportunity to pick up a children’s quest of the Citadel. The quest will guide them around the 4 museums through a series of questions on what they see. Quests can be picked up from the Gozo Museum of Archeology and are in English or Maltese.
During this open day visitors will also have the opportunity to become members of Heritage Malta with a 10% discount.
All four museums will be open from 09.00hrs till 17.00hrs (last admission at 16.30hrs).
The Gozo Museum of Archaeology is located within the walls of the Citadel just behind the old gate.
It is housed in a seventeenth century town house known as ‘Casa Bondi’.
The museum illustrates chronologically the cultural history of the Island of Gozo from prehistoric times to the early modern period.
The Folklore Museum houses a wide range of exhibits depicting the domestic, rural and traditional ways of life in the agrarian economy of the Maltese Islands in centuries past.
The Museum is located in the apt setting of late medieval houses in Bernardo de Opuo Street in the Citadel. The houses were probably built around the beginning of the 16th century.
The Folklore Museum is a testimony to the many skills, crafts and traditions that have shaped everyday life on the islands.
Situated behind the Law Courts in the Citadel, the Natural Science Museum is hosted in a cluster of houses dating back to the early 17th century.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the building was used as an inn.
The Natural Science Museum extends on two floors and houses collections relating to the Island’s geology, minerals, marine life, insects, local habitats and ecosystems.
The Old Prison was in use from the mid-16th century until the beginning of the 20th century.
The complex is divided into two sections: the entrance hall, which served as a common cell in the 19th century and a free-standing block with six individual cells.
The walls of the cells and corridors in the Old Prison are covered with graffiti. The representations include ships, stars, hand profiles, and names, and date from different periods.
For more information on this open day and Heritage Malta’s membership scheme, please call Heritage Malta on 2295 4000 from Monday to Friday 08.00hrs till 16.00hrs or visit http://www.heritagemalta.org./