Another landmark Exhibition at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum is honoured to offer yet another exceptional temporary exhibition to mark the end of the special year recommended by Pope Francis on the sesquicentenary of the declaration of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  

‘Joseph: The Silent Witness’ features no fewer than 77 works of art by great artists such as Mattia Preti, Giuseppe d’Arena, Carlo Maratta, Carlo Troisi, Giuseppe Calì, Michele Busuttil, Mariano Gerada, Emvin Cremona, Anton Agius and Mario Caffaro Rore, among many others.  

Opening on Sunday 17th October at 6.00pm by His Lordship Mgr Anton Teuma, Bishop of Gozo, the exhibition can be visited until the end of November during the normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Sunday. Entrance remains free of charge.

‘Joseph: The Silent Witness’ will be accompanied with another full colour publication, number 14 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series.


Il-Ħaġar Museum and Cultural Centre is honoured to offer another important temporary exhibition featuring a substantial number of designs by Vincenzo Bonello for Gozitan churches, including Ta’ Pinu and Mġarr and the parishes at Kerċem, Qala and Xewkija. ‘Vincenzo Bonello: 130th Anniversary’ will be accompanied with publication nuber 13 in Il-Ħaġar GEMS series.

Judge Emeritus Giovanni Bonello will be leading the inauguration this Friday 3 September at 7.30pm, on the exact 130th anniversary of his father’s birth.

The exhibition can be visited till the 28th of September during the normal museum opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week. Entry is free of charge.

‘Vincenzo Bonello: 130th Anniversary’ is supported by the Ministry for Gozo, the Malta Tourism AuthorityHeritage MaltaMUŻA, the The National Archives of MaltaWignacourt Museum, Ta’ Pinu National Shrine, and the Cultural Heritage Directorate, Ministry for Gozo

Landmark Emvin Cremona Exhibition at Il-Ħaġar Museum

Il-Ħaġar Museum is honoured to offer an exceptional temporary Exhibition featuring some hundred assorted artworks by renowned Maltese artist Chev. Emvin Cremona (1919-1987).

These are well representative of the mediums and sectors this genius succeeded in excelling in. Distributed over a good part of this cultural centre are impressive examples of religious, portrait, abstract and philatelic works and designs – some of which are never on public display. Together with a range of documents, visitors will be guaranteed an in-depth experience.

This important exhibition, which has received strong support from collectors and entities alike, forms part of the 24th edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival, and is accompanied with another full-colour publication in the Il-Ħaġar Gems series.

Emvin Cremona 1919-1987 is being officially inaugurated by His Excellency President George Vella and can be visited from 27 June to 28 August during the normal opening hours of 9.00am to 5.00pm seven days a week. There are no entrance fees.

Lovers’ Cards

The Gozo Philatelic Society has set up a new exhibit in their showcase on level -1 at Il-Ħaġar, featuring vintage Lovers’ Cards.

The assortment is mostly from the World War I period which means the cards are a hundred years old; thus interest is quite wide, also offering an insight into social aspects.

The exhibition is on until after Valentine’s Day

George Scicluna’s PAINtings

George Scicluna’s temporary exhibition PAINtings at Il-Ħaġar Museum will be inaugurated by the Hon. Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri tomorrow, Saturday, the 5th of December.

Spread over levels -1, Ground Floor, 1 and 2 of this cultural centre, PAINtings seeks to display a wide range of the artist’s latest works, and offers a great experience – for both those who have already tasted Scicluna’s art and also for others who will thus get to know this talented personality.

In order to ensure maximum safety for all patrons, Il-Ħaġar Museum is holding multiple official opening sessions: on Saturday 5th at 10:30, 12:00, 17:30, 18:30 and 19:30, and on Sunday 6th at 11:30. Patrons are kindly requested to book their preferred session of attendance by sending an email to

The exhibition, which runs until the 12th of January, can be visited during the normal opening hours of the museum: Monday to Sunday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.


Il-Ħaġar Museum is delighted to release the details of the next temporary exhibition, showcasing an intriguing selection of photographs by Tommaso Vecchi.

Organised and curated by Valerio Ballotta of GBK Malta Ltd, TIME eMOTION presents for the first time ever at international level works by this young Italian photographer who, in spite of discovering his passion for travel photography only two years ago, has already attracted the attention of important magazines such as National Geographic and Digital Camera. In fact, the photographs published in these magazines will be exhibited exclusively at this event.  Images on display will also feature a preview of the photographs selected for “Atlas of Humanity”, a Paris exhibition in May 2021.

TIME eMOTION will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, number 9 in Il-Ħaġar Gems series, illustrating this beautiful photographic journey.  It is the tangible result of his latest travels, starting from chaotic European capitals such as London, and those rich in art and culture, such as Paris, and extending to the most remote corners of the planet, in the search for distant cultures. The introduction of the catalogue is by Alessandro Bergamini.

With his photographs, Tommaso Vecchi is trying to introduce us to people and tribes accustomed to living in the most alarming social conditions, giving us the opportunity to get closer to these realities. In the effort of making us touch their essence, he depicts genuinely the beauty and peculiarity which characterise them.

The exhibition tracks the photographic journey of the artist, from the very first shots on the Dolomite Mountains, on to the travels which have deeply marked him, precisely identifying him in the travel photography genre. It is in India and Tibet that he really understood what it means to travel with the objective of learning more about the culture of distant and unknown populations and to share moments and experiences with them. This is what challenged him, a few months later, to confront the African tribes of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia. Through his photographic equipment, Vecchi tries to leave in awe all those who – for a reason or another – cannot travel to such places.

Undergoing the journey offered by this exhibition and book confirms UNESCO’s statement that  “Cultural diversity is a distinctive feature of humanity” and represents “the common cultural heritage of humanity, which is why it should be recognised and protected for the benefit of  current and future generations”. Each single person is a treasure for humanity.

The exhibition will also be complemented by unique movie clips which narrate the rites and ceremonies which are distinctive of these tribes.

Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo Museum and Cultural Centre is open daily between 9.00am and 5.00pm, and entrance remains free of charge.

Donated works on show

During October, Il-Ħaġar museum is exhibiting a range of paintings forming part of its reserve collection.
In a variety of mediums, styles and themes, they include works by contemporary artists – local and foreign – as well as much older pieces. Celia Borg Cardona, Austin Camilleri, Mario Cassar, Walter Coccetta, Gianfranco Ferroni, Luciano Micallef, Savio Mizzi and George Scicluna are among those on show.
A majority are donations offered by exhibitors and supporters of this cultural centre. Entrance remains free from 9am to 5pm seven days a week. 

Donazzjonijiet fil-ĦAĠAR

Matul Ottubru l-mużew Il-Ħaġar qed jesibixxi firxa ta’ pitturi li jiffurmaw parti mill-kollezzjoni li ma hix esposta kontinwament.
Dawn huma f’varjetà ta’ stili, temi u mezzi. Jinkludu xogħolijiet ta’ artisti kontemporanji – lokali u barranin – u oħrajn minn sekli passati. Insemmu lil Celia Borg Cardona, Austin Camilleri, Mario Cassar, Walter Coccetta, Gianfranco Ferroni, Luciano Micallef, Savio Mizzi u George Scicluna.
Il-maġġoranza huma donazzjonijiet minn esibituri u ħbieb ta’ daċ-ċentru kulturali.  Id-dħul jibqa’ bla ħlas mid-9am sal-5pm sebgħat ijiem fil-ġimgħa.

Lazaretto Philately at Il-Ħaġar

The Gozo Philatelic Society has set up a new exhibit in their showcase on Level -1, featuring letters with Lazaretto markings. Featured as well are British personalities who had to undergo quarantine.

The Lazzarett on Manoel Island acted as Malta’s defence during various epidemics. An isolation hospital until the 1970s, it treated the sick during the plague in 1813, the cholera epidemic in 1865 and the plague again in 1937. An 1814 marble plaque shows that disobeying quarantine rules could result in a death sentence – making today’s fines seem like peanuts!

Letters from overseas were disinfected, with the procedure already in place by 1678 when they were ‘perfumed’ after being slit. The relevant office was in operation at the Lazaretto by 1812, mail being marked with red wax seals (and later with a black handstamp).

This material can be viewed – together with other temporary and permanent exhibits – during normal opening hours of 9am-5pm seven days a week. There is no entrance fee.  

Filatelija mill-Lazzarett fil-ĦAĠAR

Il-Gozo Philatelic Society irranġat wirja ġdida fil-vetrina li għandha fil-livell -1 tal-ĦAĠAR (Pjazza San Ġorġ – Victoria) b’għażla ta’ ittri bil-marki tal-Lazzarett. Jintwerew ukoll personalitajiet Ingliżi li kellhom jidħlu kwarantina.

Il-Lazzarett f’Manoel Island serva b’difiża ta’ Malta waqt diversi epidemiji. Barra mill-pesta fl-1813 u fl-1937 u l-kolera tal-1865, baqa’ sptar għall-iżolament sa ħamsin sena ilu. Hemm irħama mill-1814 lil turi li min kien jikser l-kwarantina seta’ jeħel l-kundanna tal-mewt – il-pieni ta’ żmienna joffru konsegwenzi inqas serji!

Ittri minn barra kienu jiddisinfettawhom, bi proċedura li mill-1678 kienet tinkludi ferrett fil-karta. Nafu b’uffiċċju mill-1812 fejn jimmarkawhom bix-xema’ ħamra (jew b’marka sewda).

Tistgħu żżuru dan il-materjal – flimkien ma’ esibiti oħra temporanji u permanenti – fil-ħinijiet normali tad-9am sal-5pm sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul.

OH! Only Human

Between the 12th and 30th of September, local artist Bob Cardona will be showing a collection of portraits and paintings, celebrating the stunning style of tribes from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, in “OH! Only Human”, the latest temporary exhibition to be set at il-Ħagar.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Il-Ħaġar Museum came up with an innovative solution on how to accommodate as many people as possible for the opening. On the opening date, Saturday 12th September, patrons are given a choice of three slots in which to participate: 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm. Whoever is interested in attending is kindly requested to send an email to and state the desired time slot. 

Entrance remains free of charge from 9.00am to 5.00pm, seven days a week.

Pawlu Mizzi at Il-Ħaġar

A new temporary Exhibition is being inaugurated on Saturday 25 July at 7.30pm by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri at Il-Ħaġar museum (Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria).
“From the heart of Gozo to the soul of Maltese literature” honours Pawlu Mizzi on the first anniversary of his death. The numerous interesting photos and quotations are also included in the bi-lingual publication (number 8 in the Il-Ħaġar GEMS series) specially prepared for the occasion.
Allied events include a discussion (in Maltese) about his legacy on 1 August (10am) and 6pm Mass (at St George’s) on 5 August. At 7.30 (after the Mass), back at Il-Ħaġar, Mid-Dinja Ċkejkna Tiegħi – from Mizzi’s autobiographical writings – will be presented (together with readings, obviously in Maltese). Two of his previous books will also be available.
All are invited: the Exhibition (during which radio programmes of his can be heard) runs for a full month (till 25 August) with the normal opening hours of 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. There is no entry fee.

Pawlu Mizzi fil-ĦAĠAR

Wirja temporanja ġdida se tinfetaħ nhar is-Sibt 25 ta’ Lulju fis-7.30pm mill-Ministru għal Għawdex Clint Camilleri fil-mużew Il-Ħaġar (Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria).

“Mill-Qalb t’Għawdex għar-ruħ tal-Letterature Maltija” tonora lil Pawlu Mizzi fl-ewwel anniversarju minn mewtu. Id-diversi ritratti u kwotazzjonijiet interessanti jinsabu anki f’publikazzjoni bilingwi (numru 8 fis-sensiela Il-Ħaġar GEMS) preparata għall-okkażjoni.
Kollegati hemm diskussjoni dwar il-wirt li ħallielna (fl-10am fl-ewwel t’Awwissu) u Quddiesa fil-5 t’Awwissu (San Ġorġ tas-6pm). Lura Il-Ħaġar, fis-7.30 pm (warajha) issir il-preżentazzjoni ta’ “Mid-Dinja Ċkejkna Tiegħi” – mill-kitbiet awtobijografiċi ta’ Pawlu (b’qari ta’ siltiet). Ikun hemm ukoll tnejn oħra mill-kotba tiegħu.
Misteden kulħadd: il-Wirja (li matulha jinstemgħu programmi radjofoniċi tiegħu) tkompli għal xahar (sal-25 t’Awwissu) bil-ħinijiet normali tal-ftuħ (sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa mid-9am sal-5pm). M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul.