Sub Tuum Praesidium at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 3:39pm
All is set for the opening of Sub Tuum Praesidium, an exhibition of Marian art marking the fourth centenary of the Amadeo Perugino painting of Our Lady Ta’ Pinu.
Divided into four theological themes spread across the four levels of Il-Ħaġar Museum, the display features paintings and works of art sourced from public institutions, ecclesiastical and private collections.
The exhibition is comprehensively illustrated in the fourth publication of Il-Ħaġar Gems series, which is expected to be launched tomorrow at the opening of the exhibition.
The opening ceremony is tomorrow, Sunday, the 20th of January, at 11:45, and the exhibition will be inaugurated by H. L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo.
The exhibition runs until February 14, and entrance is, as always, free of charge.

Il-Ħaġar Museum’s Sixth Anniversary Celebrations and the First Anniversary of Mro Joseph Vella’s Demise

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 2:01pm


Ahead of Il-Ħaġar | Heart of Gozo museum’s sixth anniversary and the first anniversary of Mro Joseph Vella’s demise, the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria is pleased to announce the highlights of the programme of cultural events projected to mark these two special anniversaries.



Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 3:48pm

Joseph Vella Book


These are the last days of the Exhibition of photos and posters giving an overview of Professor Joseph Vella’s “Life for Music” set up on the occasion of the inauguration of his Music Archive at Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo museum in Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria. It will be replaced on 13th March but the Archive is open permanently. Visitors can also acquire one of the last copies of the full-colour book with the same title.

Il-Ħaġar opening hours are Sunday to Saturday 9am – 5pm; entrance remains free.


Dalwaqt tiżżarma l-Wirja ta’ ritratti u posters li jagħtu ħarsa lejn il-“ħajja għall-mużika” tas-Surmast Joseph Vella, armata fl-okkażjoni tal-inawgurazzjoni tal-arkivju tax-xogħolijiet tiegħu fil-Mużew Il-Ħaġar fi Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria. Infatti se tinbidel fit-13 ta’ Marzu iżda il-Joseph Vella Music Archive jibqa’ miftuħ permanentement. Tista’ anki tiġi akkwistata kopja minn tal-aħħar tal-ktieb dwaru “A Life for Music”.

Il-ħinijet tal-ftuħ huma 9am sal-5pm sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul.


Last few copies of the book about Mro Joseph Vella can be acquired from the museum for a donation of €10.

Visit to the Malta Postal Museum

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6:11pm

Last Friday 10th November, a number of friends of the museum joined for an organised trip to Valletta to visit the Malta Postal Museum.    Visitors have been welcomed by Maltapost Chairman Mr Joseph Said the visit at the museum was conducted by curator Ms Lara Bugeja .  The visit ended with a reception on the Museum’s terrace.

(Photos: Anthony Zammit)



Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 6:46pm

Photos from yesterday’s opening of the exhibition.

Il-Ħaġar Volunteers Thank-You Lunch

Monday, June 27, 2016 at 4:14pm

This Saturday, 25 June 2016, the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria hosted the volunteers who help to keep Il-Ħaġar Museum open to lunch.

The volunteers, who include Gozitans and ex-pat residents on the island, were the special guests at the restored Square Piano inaugural recital on the third floor of the museum. In welcoming them and the other guests, Mgr Farrugia made a special mention of the essential contribution that they give to keep the Museum running and accessible to the public on a seven-day per week basis.

The Il-Ħaġar volunteers were are the special guests at a lunch held, after the recital, inside the spacious and lovely dining halls in the recently built annexes to St George’s Basilica. Conceived primarily as a thank-you lunch, the Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria opened the lunch also to a number of paying guests to help cover the remaining expenses in the restoration of the Square Piano.

This made it possible to give exposure to this aspect of our museum’s life, that is, the input that so many generous people make towards the successful venture that Il-Ħaġar Museum is. The two-hour stint they give every week at the front-desk, their words of welcome to visitors and their polite appeal for a contribution are invaluable. As everybody knows, the museum entry is free of charge.

Visitors of this site who might read this and become interested in joining the Il-Ħaġar Volunteers Group are welcome to contact us or email Mrs Doris Cini, Group Coordinator.



Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 9:13am



(Photo: Toni Farrugia)

Lunchtime Concerts 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10:13pm

This year there will be a series of Lunch time concerts by students attending the Visual and Performing Arts School in Gozo – Music Department, who are also accompanied by their teachers.  The concerts will be held every Saturday and there will be four.  The first one was held last Saturday and the next one is this Saturday 12th December at 11.30am. Entrance is free.

Lunch Time Concerts

Merciful Face of God Icon for Il-Ħaġar Museum

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 4:34pm


A Roman icon inspired by the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis has been donated to Il-Ħaġar | Heart of Gozo Museum.

The icon was presented to curator Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia by Franco Bedini, member of the Schola Polifonica Romana which, on Sunday, 12 July 2015, was performing in the penultimate concert of the Victoria International Arts Festival. The initiative came from Roberto Colavalle, the Schola’s musical director and longtime friend of St George’s basilica.

The icon bears the Christ Pantocrator, that is, Christ as ruler of the world. Written in egg tempera and pure gold, the icon features the misericordiae vultus, the merciful face of God revealed in Jesus who appears with his right hand in Trinitarian blessing and the left holding the Latin script: “Non veni vocare iustos sed peccatores in paenitentiam” – “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5,32).

Pope Francis will formally open the Holy Year of Mercy on 8 December 2015 and it will run until November 2016.

As he received it on behalf of Il-Ħaġar Museum, Mgr Farrugia suggested that the Museum Foundation should eventually donate the Vultus Misericordiae icon to St George’s basilica to find its place alongside the icon of the Great Jubilee of the year 2000.

The icon is on view at Il-Ħaġar Museum.

(Photos Joe Borg)


Friday, June 19, 2015 at 5:28pm

Yesterday evening a BBQ has been organised by the museum curator, Mgr Joseph Farrugia, on the museum’s roof for the volunteers and collaborators of Il-Ħaġar museum. Mgr Joseph Farrugia was helped by many youths whose input made this event possible. Though yesterday was unusually chilly, especially for this time of the year, the event was well attended, and Mgr Farrugia thanked everyone for the continuous support to the museum.

Activities at the museum continue this evening with a great brass concert as part of the Victoria International Arts Festival. For more details please visit

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