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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Museum of Archaeology

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Archaeology Museum

Triq Bieb l-Imdina, Cittadella, Victoria; tel: (+356) 21 556144; 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 5 years of age may visit at no charge.

 

Casa Bondi, a former townhall which today houses the Museum of Archaeology - was allowed to deteriorate until it was restored to its former glory in 1937 on the initiative of Sir Harry Luke, Lieutenant Governor of Malta. The Museum was inaugurated in May 1960.

The room on the right of the entrance hall is the first of three that contain artifacts from the prehistory of Gozo, and includes a collection of rudimentary stone implements. On display in the next room is a miniature model of the Ġgantija temples and contemporary pottery. Some megaliths that were removed from the Ġgantija site in order to protect them from erosion are on displayed in the next room.

The room at the top of the stairs, to left comprises a collection of items recovered from shipwreck sites and includes a sizable collection of amphorae and other pottery, and anchors or parts thereof.

In front of the stairs is a large hall containing Roman and Punic artifacts. Notably, there are the skeletal remains of a man discovered on Comino, seemingly buried in haste, covered by two halves of an amphora split along its main axis. There are also various receptacles – some in the form of glass containers, others made of limestone – for human remains.

Adjoining this hall are two smaller rooms containing more artifacts from prehistoric Gozo, including stick figures dug up at the Xagħra Stone Circle, and sculptures of human heads from the Ġgantija temples.

Back to the ground floor, prior to your exit you will see a collection of exhibits from mediaeval Gozo, famously including Meymuna's tombstone, intricately adorned with Arabic Khufic script.There are other Christian tombstones from the former site of a cemetery in Victoria and reliefs of Christian saints, possibly Saints Peter and Paul.