From the fossil to the Moon in Gozo

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.

The Museum

The Gozo Nature Museum is situated behind the Courts of Justice in the Citadel in Victoria, Gozo

Main hallGozo Nature Museum

It focuses mainly on Gozo’s natural resources and their use by the island’s inhabitants.

Architectural featureGozo Nature Museum

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.

Sea fanGozo Nature Museum

The Collection

This small but unique collection touches on the different typical natural elements found in Gozo .... and beyond!

Fossilized marine lifeGozo Nature Museum

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.

Shark toothGozo Nature Museum

Also on display are fragments of fossil bones from the Maltese Islands.

Mineral RockGozo Nature Museum

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.

Evolution hallGozo Nature Museum

A room in this museum is dedicated to human and animal evolution with very particular exhibits

Sea horseGozo Nature Museum

Rocky beds, wrecks and sandy bottoms host a vast variety of marine life.

Marine LifeGozo Nature Museum

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.

Moon RockGozo Nature Museum

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.

ColeopetraGozo Nature Museum

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.

Butterflies of GozoGozo Nature Museum

The entomology room holds a small but impressive collection of exotic and local insects, butterflies and moths.

General's RootGozo Nature Museum

An important specimen on this floor is the Malta Fungus, formerly believed to grow only on the so-called ‘Fungus Rock’ in Dwejra.

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