Folk Museum

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There are four small museums in the Citadel run by Heritage Malta. Entry to all four is covered by a joint ticket. Alternatively if you are planning to visit Ggantija Temple, Ta’Kola windmill and sites on Malta, a 30 day pass may be better value. This gives free entry to all Heritage Malta site (except the Hypogeum) for €30 or €22 for senior citizens. We didn’t visit the Natural History Museum. I have written separate reviews for each of the museums.

The Folk Museum is in one of the few buildings to survive the 1695 earthquake. Next to it is the small CHAPEL OF ST JOSEPH, another survivor. The Doors are kept open but a metal screen prevents entry. This is a small rectangular building with fairly plain interior and typical of the early churches. There is a simple altar with a painting of St Joseph above it.

The FOLK MUSEUM is in four houses dating from 1500 and is a rabbit warren inside with interconnecting corridors and stairways. The building was more interesting than the collection as several rooms were bare as their contents were removed for restoration. The costumes had been removed for display in an exhibition beginning later in the month. The ground floor has an exhibition on weights and measures, small well, beast driven mill, two hand worked querns and displays of old agricultural machinery. Upstairs there is a hand loom for weaving blankets and a lace making roller on which three people could sit and work on at the same time. There is a tiny dolls house with furniture carved from stone. There are tiny statues for a Christmas crib.

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