Ecclesia Mater Museum

The Ecclesia Mater museum has been set-up at the Għarb Collegiate and Basilica complex and hosts an exhibition of sacred arts that reflects the roots of the community of Għarb.

The exhibits go back as far as the times of the Phoenicians and Arab control of the island and come right up to the present day.

Highlights include Punic pottery found around l-Għarb and Arabic and Jewish coins that indicate extensive early trade links. A Papal Bull written in Gothic script in 1774 is one of the most interesting documents and there is an extensive display of church silver including a collection lampieri (oil lamps) unique in Gozo. One can also see the baptismal font brought from Mdina Cathedral, a leather altarpiece and a collection of more than 20 paintings by both local and foreign artists.