Triq il-Kwartieri ta San Martin, Victoria , Gozo
The Gozo Nature museum is located in the heart of the Citadel in Victoria, Gozo. Set in an authentic 400 year old building. The museum is located in three different units that seem to have been built during the 17th century.
During World War II the building served as a shelter for families who sought refuge during aerial bombings. The Nature Museum of Gozo was transferred to its present location in 1991.
The Museum’s collection is distributed on two floors: the ground floor has the geology, minerals, human and animal evolution, and marine life sections. The geology display highlights of the island of Gozo and includes marine organisms deposited on the sea floor between 35 and 5 million years ago and fragments of fossil bones from the Maltese Islands.
The fossil collection in this section contains a large number of specimens originating from that of the 18th century Gozitan scholar Canon Agius de Soldanis. The majority of the specimens in the mineral collection come from the generous donation of Dr Lewis Mizzi, a Gozitan lawyer and mineralogist of great repute.
An exhibit not to be missed is a tiny specimen of a moonstone accompanied by a small Maltese flag. The stone was brought from the moon’s surface by the crew of Apollo II and donated to the Maltese people by President Nixon.
The upper floor is dedicated to entomology (the study of insects) and the flora and ecosystems of the Maltese Islands, particularly of Gozo. The entomology room holds a small but impressive collection of exotic insects, butterflies and moths, and includes some local examples. Special attention is given to the Dwejra area with its ecosystem and flora. An important specimen is the Malta Fungus, formerly believed to grow only on the so-called ‘Fungus Rock’ in Dwejra. A section dedicated to different habitats and ecosystems particular to Gozo is currently under construction.