The Folklore Museum can be found within the Citadel of Victoria (or Rabat) in Gozo, in a cluster of interconnected ancient houses. The Museum displays old potteries, traditional laces as well as bakers’, carpenters’ or blacksmiths’ tools presenting the rural and domestic ways of life in Gozo during the past centuries. It is probably one of the most entertaining and captivating Museum in Malta & Gozo and truly allows visitors to learn more about the past daily activities and traditions of Gozitans. A different but fascinating experience!
The visit of the Museum’s monument itself is as interesting as the content of the exhibition. The Folklore Museum is indeed accommodated in small houses, which are today the most well-preserved medieval buildings in the island of Gozo, probably dating from the early 16th century. The fine architecture of the houses demonstrate some strong Sicilian influences. It also reveals that an affluent family was previously living there. The building presents atypical yet amazing rustic interiors, contrasting with the delicate and detailed façade.
Since 1983, the Museum houses authentic items describing the rural ways of life of Gozitans on 2 floors. The exhibitions consist of agriculture tools such as traditional sickles, winnowing forks, shovels and ancient grinding mills, together with blacksmiths’ and carpenters’ instruments.
On the mezzanine level, guests will find domestic Gozitan crafts on display. This collection includes crafts such as weaving and with lace-making, which are two popular and much appreciated arts in Gozo. While walking in the small streets of the island, you could even spot some ladies achieving these traditional hand-made laces on their doorstep – lovely.
The first floor of the Museum displays interesting artefacts in relation with former hobbies such as hunting and the modelling of miniature churches. Another section is also dedicated to the fishing industry, a really developed business at the time.
Small but packed with relevant information, the Museum will please everyone, from children to adults!
Opening Hours: The Folklore Museum is open 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm. Kindly note that the last admission will be allowed at 4.30 pm.
Tickets: Entrance fees are at €8 per adults, €5 for students and seniors and €4 for children. No fees are required for kids below the age of 6. Multi-site tickets are also available, which include a visit to the Gozo Archaeology Museum, the Natural Science Museum and the Old Prison. The Folklore Museum is managed by Heritage Malta.
Public Transport: Once you get off the ferry at Mgarr, the Museum is really easy to access, since Victoria is the capital city of Gozo (more information about Gozo’s Ferry here). From Mgarr Harbour – arrival point of the ferry in Gozo, you can take the buses N° 301 and 303 to Rabat.