Heritage officially opened in 1988 and was housed in a large
house on the Mgarr road in Ghajnsielem. It consisted of a
journey through a sequence of areas, each of which presented
an aspect of Gozitan history from the past 7,000 years using
model reconstructions with atmospheric lighting and sound.
the museum, situated in Mgarr Road was forced to close its
doors on the 30th of May 2009, with one former senior
employee citing the inability of independent Gozitan
attractions to compete with the low rates that Heritage
Malta offers tour operators. Former Gozo Heritage director
Brian Mizzi, who conceived the idea of the museum, said that
it had been losing money for the past four years and they
"stuck it out" for as long as they could, but were just not
getting enough business.
The museum never recovered from losing significant business
due to the reconstruction of the Mgarr-Ghajnsielem road in
2006 and 2007. The road works caused tour operators to stop
visiting the museum, and they did not return when the works
were complete. No compensation was offered by the government
for the loss of business caused by the road closure.
the Museum Offered
inside a fascinating old building, the Gozo Heritage was a
museum that offered a mixture of spectacular historical
experience of Gozo together with an appropriately set area
where the visitor could buy local crafts or enjoy a cup of
coffee. The museum introduced the visitor, in leisurely
fashion, to 7,000 years of Gozitan history. Lifesize
sculptures set in period environments animated by the latest
audio visual electronic techniques gave the visitor a
ringside view of the chequered historical saga of Gozo.
Starting from the beginning of time the visitor was virtually
toured through the island's history up to the present day.
The experience started from early Neolithic times, exposing
quite realistic dioramas of megalithic sculptures resembling
the Ggantija period temples. The visitor was then be taken
into mythology, where an account of the legend of Calypso is
narrated in a fascinating manner. Other episodes followed, like
the Roman period, the arrival of Christianity, the Arab
domination, the Knights of St. John, the dramatic events of
1551, up to British colonisation period. During this journey
through time one becomes familiar with the numerous colourful
personalities who have contributed to the Island's rich
history and folklore.
But seven thousand years of
living history have been lost to the public as the Gozo
Heritage museum iwas forced to close its doors in May 2009.