Q: What is common between a 35 million year old fossilized marine life form and the Moon? A: They both are on exhibit inside the Gozo Nature Museum inside the Citadel in Gozo.
It focuses mainly on Gozo’s natural resources and their use by the island’s inhabitants.
The museum is housed within a cluster of three interconnected domestic buildings, dating back to the 1600s and contains authentic architectural features of that epoch.
The geology display highlights the geology of the island of Gozo and includes marine organisms deposited on the seafloor between 35 and 5 million years ago.
Also on display are fragments of fossil bones from the Maltese Islands.
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.
A room in this museum is dedicated to human and animal evolution with very particular exhibits
Rocky beds, wrecks and sandy bottoms host a vast variety of marine life.
The combination of sheer cliffs, caves, wrecks, shelves and sandy and rocky sea beds, means there is a large variety of fauna and flora to see in the Gozitan waters.
A tiny specimen of a moonstone was brought from the moon’s surface by the crew of Apollo II and donated to the Maltese people by American President Nixon. This is accompanied by a small Maltese flag.
Beetles are a group of insects that form the order Coleoptera. They constitute the largest and most diverse order of insects on earth, making up about 30% of all animals.
The entomology room holds a small but impressive collection of exotic and local insects, butterflies and moths.
An important specimen on this floor is the Malta Fungus, formerly believed to grow only on the so-called ‘Fungus Rock’ in Dwejra.