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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Folklore Museum

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Folklore Museum

Melite Bernardo De Opuo Street, Cittadella, Victoria; tel: (+356) 21 562 034; http://www.heritagemalta.org

 

 

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Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00, last admission: 16.30; closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Good Friday.

Joint admission tickets to all Heritage Malta museums (Folklore, Archaeology, Natural History museums and Old Prisons) in the Ċittadella may be purchased at any of the sites. Regular ticket (18 - 59 years): €8.00; subsidised ticket: 12-17 years, Senior Citizens (60+), Students: 5.00; children (6 -11 years): €4.00; children younger than 6 years of age may visit at no charge.

 

The Folklore Museum in Bernardo de Opuo Street was established in 1983 within the precincts of a number of mediaeval houses that have since been interconnected.

Collections housed in this museum include agricultural implements, such as carts for the transportation of produce; and a large corn grinding mill that would have been driven by an ox. Also on display is a collection of paraphernalia related the textile industry: spinning wheels, a cotton gin – a device used to separate cotton fibres from other plant material; weighing scales for cotton and a large and a smaller trajbu (trahy-boo), or cushions that were (and still are) used in lace production.

There is a convincing reconstruction of a blacksmith's workshop, complete with an anvil, furnace and bellows and an equally complete carpenter's workshop.

Also of note is a collection of toys made of limestone, composed mainly of miniature furniture.

Another room houses a collection of firearms used in the hunting of game; and a section dedicated to the fishing industry, comprising lobster pots and fishing nets.

Also on display are several statuettes depicting traditional vendors of such wares as water, fish and nougat (Maltese qubbajd); and Gozitan craftsmen: a tinsmith, a knife grinder, a yarn spinner and a peasant operating a cotton gin.

On display is also a contraption that used to sort potatoes and onions according to size.