Gran Castello Historic House
The museum is housed in a cluster of interconnected houses in Bernardo de Opuo Street at the Citadel, Victoria, Gozo. It hosts a wide range of exhibits illustrating the local domestic, rural and traditional ways of life.
The architectural features of these houses betray some Sicilian and Catalan influences and show knowledge of a sophisticated Late Gothic style. Their fine quality reveal that these properties belonged to wealthy families. In 1983, these houses were rehabilitated as a museum.
The ground floor and mezzanine levels of the southern house feature a reconstructed historic house set-up complete with work and habitation spaces for the serving personnel. The remaining ground floor spaces in the rest of the residential complex are devoted largely to rural trades and skills, mainly agriculture. A spectacular beast-driven mill occupies the centre of a large mill-room on the same floor. Grain and liquid measures as well as different types of scales and weights occupy respectively two adjacent spaces.
Once the living quarters of the resident wealthy families, the first floor hosts an exhibition of items related to important local crafts, such as lace-making and weaving. These are complemented by items connected to the cotton industry, like the cotton gin and the spinning wheel. Another small part of the first floor collection is devoted to the traditional fishing industry.
The Gran Castello Historic House is now also offering an additional experience to the visitor through an audio-visual presentation about the late Mediaeval set-up of the same house within its contemporary urban context.
Monday to Sunday:
09.00 – 17.00hrs
(last admission at 16.30hrs)
Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday
Melite Bernardo De Opuo Street,
Victoria – Gozo VCT 1860
Tel: +356 21 562 034
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.