Natural Science Museum

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Natural Science Museum on the right

The Natural Science Museum is a museum located in Victoria, on the island of Gozo, Malta, open to public since 1991. It is housed in a group of houses within the Cittadella, the oldest part of the city. These houses date back to various ages: the older one, which was an inn to 1495, the other to the 17th century.[1][2]

The Natural Science Museum shows collections "relating to the Island’s geology, minerals, marine life, insects, local habitats and ecosystems"[2] as well as national plants (including the Maltese Rock Centaury), human and animal evolution.[2]

During later years, this building was used as an inn for visitors, and is mentioned in Thomas McGill’s “Handbook, or Guide, for Strangers visiting Malta” of 1839,[3] and described as

an excellent house of entertainment offering clean and comfortable beds and reasonably-priced dinners.

During World War II the building served as a shelter for families who sought refuge during aerial bombings.

The buildings which house the museum are listed on the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands.[4]


  1. ^ "Archaeology Museum". Malta Information Technology Agency. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Heirtage Malta Museums". Heritage Malta official website. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  3. ^ A hand book, or guide for strangers who visiting Malta. Tonna. p. 144. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Natural Science Museum" (PDF). National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 

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Coordinates: 36°02′48″N 14°14′20″E / 36.0467°N 14.239°E / 36.0467; 14.239