Gozo Museum of Archaeology

The Gozo Museum of Archaeology illustrates the cultural history of Gozo from prehistoric times to the early modern period. It relies on themes like burial, religion, art, food and daily life, making use of material from various archaeological sites in Gozo.

The museum is located immediately behind the original gateway to the Citadel and is housed in a refined 17th century townhouse which was once the residence of the Bondì family. Subsequently, it fell into disuse and remained long neglected until Sir Harry Luke, Lieutenant Governor of the Maltese Islands, took the initiative to restore it in 1937.

In May 1960, Casa Bondì was inaugurated as the first public museum of Gozo, hosting artefacts of an archaeological and ethnographic nature. The building came to house the archaeological collection in 1986 as part of a reorganisation programme of the Gozo museum collection which led to separate collections being exhibited in various buildings in the Citadel.

Following a series of recent upgrading interventions, the museum’s permanent display is, at present, divided into three main sections: Prehistory, the Classical Period, and the Medieval and Early Modern periods.

The Prehistoric display is spread out in several rooms and focuses on a number of themes, including the natural resources, subsistence and daily life, religious beliefs, and practices and burial customs. The Classical Period is represented by a number of Phoenician, Punic, and Roman artefacts which were discovered on several sites in Gozo and Comino. Artefacts range from those associated with burial to statuary and the decorative arts. The museum visit ends with a display of materials from the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, closing with the arrival of the Knights of St John.

Other Heritage Malta sites in the vicinity: Gran Castello Historic House, Gozo Nature Museum and the Old Prison.

Human Figure – Ras Wardija Cave

Excavation Timeline

First floor display area

Medieval Hall

Roman Amphorae

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday:
09.00 – 17.00hrs
(last admission at 16.30hrs)

Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday

Triq Bieb l-Imdina,
The Citadel,
Victoria, Gozo VCT 1831
Tel: +356 21 556 144

Tickets

All four Heritage Malta Citadel sites + the Citadel Visitor Centre:
Adults (18 – 59 years): €5.00
Youths (12 – 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years & over), and Students: €3.50
Children (6 – 11 years): €2.50
Infants (1 – 5 years): Free

Heritage Malta Citadel sites: Gran Castello Historic House, Gozo Museum of Archaeology, Old Prison & the Gozo Nature Museum.

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