A walk around the Citadella's fortified walls can literally be done within a few minutes. It is therefore well worth visiting a museum such as this one to delve deeper into the history of Gozo's capital.
The Folklore Museum incorporates a wide range of exhibits illustrating the domestic, rural and traditional ways of life in the agrarian economy of the Maltese Islands in centuries past. The Folklore Museum is accommodated in a cluster of medieval houses in Bernardo de Opuo Street within the walls of the Citadel in Rabat, Gozo. The houses were probably built around the beginning of the 16th century and the interconnected museum buildings are medieval architectural gems in their own right. They are the only remaining examples in Gozo and similar fine period architecture may only be found in Mdina and Birgu in Malta.
The Folklore Museum is a testimony to the many skills, crafts and traditions that have shaped everyday life in Malta and Gozo. The exhibits on display on the ground floor levels of the Museum relate to rural trades and skills such as agriculture and stone-masonry. The first floor, which used to be the living quarters, 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.
Highlights of the museum include a vegetable grading machine, a beast-driven mill, a cotton gin, miniature stone toys, steelyard with weights, a large lace-making bolster, a stone stove, a blacksmith's workshop and wells.
Monday to Sunday: 9.00-17.00
Last admission: 16.30
Closed: 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January, Good Friday
Adults (18 - 59 years): €8.00
Students (12 - 17 years), Senior Citizens (60 years and over): €5.00
Children (6 -11 years): €4.00
Infants (1 -5 years): Free
Multi Site Tickets are available.