Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri together with the Minister for National Heritage, Arts and Local Government José Herrera have laid the foundation stone of the Gozo Museum, a project that will cost around €9 million.
Camilleri said that this is one of the largest investments being carried out in Gozo. He explained that work is currently underway on the first phase, a new wing which will be dedicated to maritime history, while restoration work will be done on the existing building built by architect Joseph G. Huntingford, as well as on other wings. He said the works will continue for a number of months since it is such as large project.
Herrera said that the Gozo museum will offer another unique experience, such as that which Heritage Malta is already offering in museums and other sites around Malta and Gozo. The project will also mean that various artifacts that are currently not on display, will be able to be enjoyed by visitors to this museum.
During the excavation, a Roman quarry of archaeological interest was found and the decision was made to integrate it into the museum building.
This project is being implemented by the Ministry for Gozo and the objects that will be exhibited will all come from the National Collection run by Heritage Malta.