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Your Guide to Malta and Gozo - Museum of Natural History

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Museum of Natural Science

Triq il-Kwartieri ta' San Martin,  Cittadella, Victoria; tel: (+356) 21 556 153; 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.

 

Adults (18 - 59 years): €8.00
Youth (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over), ISIC Card Holders, EURO<26 Card Holders, ICOM Card Holders, University of Malta and MCAST Students: €5.00
Children (6 -11 years): €4.00
Infants (1 -5 years): Free

 

 

 

 

The building housing the Museum of Natural Science was originally three adjacent properties that were merged into one. These functioned as homes for Maltese families residing in Gozo during the second world war.

The first hall is devoted to geology, and contains a collection of stalactites and stalagmites from natural caves in Gozo. An exhibition of dried fish found in Maltese waters is in the room to the right, together with other forms of marine life such as bivalve molluscs (e.g. clams), crustacea (such as crabs) and gastropods such as limpets.

The room opposite the entrance door deals briefly with human evolution, and contains a bust of Homo sapiens neanderthalensis –popularly known as the Neanderthal Man, which thrived until some 30,000 years ago. There is also a complete skeleton of modern Man. Flanking this is an exhibit summarizing the evolution of the horse.

An exhibit in the room behind the ticketing desk contains tiny fragments of moon rock embedded in glass, from the 1969 Apollo 11 mission and a Maltese flag that was carried to the moon and brought back. The next room houses a collection of rock from various locations in the world.

 

On the first floor you may access a garden with a centrally located palm tree. In the room opposite is an exhibition of stuffed birds. As you leave this room, to your left is a room that leads to another dealing with Maltese flora, in which are displayed the national plant of Malta, the endemic Maltese centaury (Cheirolophus crassifolius) and Cynomorium coccineum, the famed “fungus” (actually a parasitic flowering plant) after which Fungus Rock off Dwejra was named.

The final collection deals with insects and other arthropods. On display are various lepidopteran species (butterflies and moths), coleopterans (beetles), and arachnids (spiders).