Melite Bernardo De Opuo Street , Victoria , Gozo
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:00 - 17:00
- Adults: € 8.00
- Youth/Students: € 5.00
- Child: € 4.00
Folklore Museum of Gozo is hidden away in one of the Citadel's charming and quite narrow Street in Bernardo de Opuo in Rabat of Gozo. Folklore Museum was probably built around 16th century. The architectural features betray some Sicilian and Catalan influences and show knowledge of sophisticated Late Gothic Style. These houses were belonged to wealthy families, as made evident by the fine architectural features on the facade. These houses were rehabilitated into Folklore Museum in 1983.
The houses are considered as an outstanding example of late medieval domestic architecture, and are the only remaining such examples in Gozo. Similar architectural gems may be found in Mdina and Birgu.
Folklore Museum houses a wide range of exhibits depicting the domestic, rural and traditional ways of life in the agrarian economy of the Maltese Islands. Both the collection and the building are medieval architectural gems in their own right.
On the ground floor Folklore Museum displays trades and skills such as agriculture and stone-masonry. You will find various traditional implements used in agriculture such as sickles, spades, winnowing forks, shovels and ploughs, together with a selection of grinding mills of various sizes, both manual and beast-driven. The latter occupies the centre of a large room, known as the mill room.
There are also traditional stone-dressing tools as well as a large selection of tools used by carpenters and blacksmiths. One can observe grain and liquid measures, as well as different types of weights and scales used in steelyards and by grocers. The display on the mezzanine level includes important local crafts such as lace-making and weaving, and is complemented by items related to the cotton industry such as a cotton gin and spinning wheel. Minor local crafts include book-binding.
On the first floor Folklore Museum hosts an exhibition of items relating to hobbies such as hunting as well as the modeling of miniature churches, replete with religious accessories. An interesting ex-voto collection is another highlight which portrays bygone traditions. Part of the collection is devoted to the traditional fishing industry and includes a scale model of the Gozo boat with lateen sails, locally known as “id-dghajsa tal-latini”.