Experience the expressive culture of the Gozitans 

Gran Castello Historic House

Housed inside a group of interlinking building is a particular experience recounting the folklore of an individual society. For the past 5000 years, the inhabitants of Gozo have developed customs conditioned by the unique environment they lived in. The Grand Castello Historic House replicates life in a typical citadel palazzo and narrates some of these traditions

The museum
The museum is housed in a cluster of medieval houses in Bernardo DeOpuo Street in the Citadel in Victoria, Gozo. 
From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

It hosts a wide range of exhibits illustrating the local domestic, rural and traditional ways of life.

Architectural 16th century feature, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

The interconnected houses hosting the museum were probably built around the early 16th century. The architectural features betray some Sicilian and Catalan influences and show knowledge of a sophisticated Late Gothic style.

Gothic windows, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Certainly, the houses belonged to wealthy families, as evidenced by the fine architectural features on the facade.

fishing traps, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

These houses were rehabilitated as a museum in 1983.

Traditional implements, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House
The Collection
The traditional way of life of the local population is brought back to life with this array of material representations presented for public viewing in this museum.
Typical hisctorical house bedroom, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

The museum, through artefacts typical of the era, recreates a typical historic house.

Agricultural traditional implements, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Here, one finds various traditional implements used in agriculture rural trades and skills like agriculture and stone-masonry.

Traditional griding mill, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Traditional mills were vital for the grinding of cereal and grains for the production of essential ingredients such as flour.

Traditional mill room, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

One substantial example occupies the center of a large reconstructed mill-room.

grain, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Different types of weights and scales were used in order to measure the heaviness of different objects comprising of varied material.

Grocer's scales, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Due to the fact that the grocer was normally mobile, the use of hanging scales was a common practice to weigh dry goods.

liquid, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Liquid measuring equipment was used in order to determine capacities for a variety of different material varying from edible daily liquids such as milk to non consumable liquids such as fuel.

Religious feature in house, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Religious devotions are normally sculpted in features inside houses in order to commemorate particular manifestations in line with pious traditions.

Lace-making, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Lace making or Bizzilla is a tradition dating back to the Knights of St John and is one of Gozo’s precious crafts. The production is still alive and manufactured in local communities.

Weaving, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Weaving is one of the oldest crafts in the Maltese Archipelago. As early as prehistoric times the Maltese weavers were famous for their craftsmanship.

fishing nets, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Many traditional fishermen in Gozo operate on a family basis and use fish nets for various types of fishing

Traditional fishing traps, From the collection of: Gran Castello Historic House

Another unique craft is the weaving of fishing baskets locally known as nases tal-hut. Traps were traditionally woven and made with disa, a fine reed-like material.

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