Gozo Nature Museum
The Gozo Nature Museum is situated behind the Courts of Justice at the Citadel, Victoria, Gozo. It is housed within a cluster of three interconnected domestic buildings dating back to the 1600s, and boasting several authentic architectural features. Serving as an inn in later years, the property was also utilised as a shelter for families who sought refuge during aerial bombings in the Second Wold War.
Mainly, the museum focuses on Gozo’s natural resources and on their use by the island’s inhabitants. Its collection is distributed on two floors.
The exhibits presented at ground floor relate to geology, minerals, human and animal evolution, and marine life. Exhibits in the geology section include marine organisms which were deposited on the sea floor between 35 and 5 million years ago, and fragments of fossil bones from the Maltese Islands. The majority of the specimens in the mineral collection come from the generous donation of Dr Lewis Mizzi; a Gozitan lawyer and mineralogist of great repute.
A highlight which can be viewed at ground level are four tiny fragments of moonstone that are accompanied by a small Maltese flag. The stone was brought from the moon’s surface by the crew of Apollo II and donated to the Maltese people by American President Nixon.
The upper floor is reserved to the study of insects, flora and ecosystems of the Maltese Islands, particularly of Gozo. The entomology room holds a small but impressive collection of exotic and local insects, butterflies and moths. An important specimen on this floor is the Malta Fungus, formerly believed to grow only on the so-called ‘Fungus Rock’ in Dwejra, Gozo.
A small garden at the back of the museum is dedicated to garigue flora where visitors can observe examples of typical indigenous plants, including the Maltese Rock Centaury, being the national plant.
Monday to Sunday:
09.00 – 17.00hrs
(last admission at 16.30hrs)
Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday
St Martin’s Quarter Street,
Victoria Gozo VCT 1883
Tel: +356 21 556 153
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.