Heritage Malta will be opening its Gozo Citadel museums for FREE this weekend during the Lejlet Lapsi – Notte Gozitana.
The four Citadel museums namely the Gozo Museum of Archaeology, the Gozo Nature Museum, the Old Prison and the Folklore Museum, will be open free of charge between 7pm and 12am on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May.
This is a golden opportunity for those who missed visiting the museums during the recent Open Day as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations from the establishment of Heritage Malta as the national agency for cultural heritage.
The Gozo Museum of Archaeology 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.
Situated behind the Law Courts, the Gozo Nature 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 museum extends on two floors and houses collections relating to the Island’s geology, minerals, marine life, insects, local habitats and ecosystems.
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. The houses were probably built around the beginning of the 16th century.
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.
This is the latest of initiatives that Heritage Malta has accustomed the Maltese and foreign visitors to in its commitment to make our cultural heritage accessible to all.