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Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

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Address: St. Elmo Pl., Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
Phone Number: +356 21 233088
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Fort St Elmo - National War Museum The National War Museum houses a superb...

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum The National War Museum houses a superb collection of items which takes us back to prehistoric times. The items are displayed in chronological order and start with the early phases of the Bronze Age around 2,500 B.C. During the second Punic war Malta changed hands and became part of the mighty Roman Empire. The disintegration of the latter led to a period of unrest where it is speculated that Malta was subject to vandal attacks. The Eastern Roman Empire officially recognised as the Byzantines, reconquered Malta in 535AD. Little is unfortunately known about life on the islands during Byzantine times as Malta is rarely mentioned in historic documents. Malta changed hands again in 870AD following a fierce battle between the Arabs and the Byzantines. For the next 221years Malta was ruled by the Arabs and once again the culture changed to reflect these new rulers. The Normans, a rising power of the time, won Malta in 1090. These were succeeded by other European rulers that also governed the Kingdom of Sicily, namely the Swabians, Angevins, Aragon/Catalans and finally the Spanish. Malta's Middle Ages ends in 1530 with the arrival of the Knights of the Order of St. John. Medieval armour and other equipment displayed highlights the complex power struggle emerging in the Mediterranean and in Europe between Christians and Muslims with prominence being given to the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. The post-Great Siege period saw the building of Valletta, numerous fortresses, fortification works and coastal fortifications throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The Order of St. John's rule in Malta was brought to an end by arrival of the French in Malta led by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. The rule of the French did not last long however. Just three months after their arrival the Maltese rebelled and with the assistance of the British, Malta got rid of the French invaders. The British took over Malta and transformed it into one of their many colonies. Two halls are dedicated to Malta's important role in WW I, the Inter-War Period and Malta's historical role in the Second World War. Displayed in these halls one can find perhaps the three most important icons of this museum: the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt's Jeep 'Husky' and Malta award for gallantry, the George Cross. Concluding the walk through Malta's military role in history are displays dedicated to Malta's Independence, becoming a Republic, Freedom Day and Malta joining the European Union

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I took the horse buggy ride along the coast of Valetta. Fort St Elmo is one of the stop. It is an historical place about national war. At the spot the view is very beautiful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Magnificent experience and very informative. Really enjoyed the experienced and delighted to see the fort revived.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took the horse buggy ride along the coast of Valetta. Fort St Elmo is one of the stop. It is an historical place about national war. At the spot the view is very beautiful.

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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited here with my partner and 10 year old son. We bought a combined ticket with The Malta Experience, which was reasonably priced. It wasn't busy on the afternoon we went, which made navigating around easier. After walking through the courtyard a guard directed us up some steps to begin our tour round. The tour consisted of 7 rooms,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fort St Elmore is a very good museum which explains Malta's participation in the second world war. It has a lot of artefacts and some very good visual ways of explaining the history. It does get very hot walking around the fort so take water with you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting place with a lot of interesting items inside and a perfect view of the mediterranean sea and surrounding towns.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

National war museum...full of facts and figures displayed through video, visual aids and artefacts. Some fantastic views over the harbour too...can just imagine the terror when it was full of battling boats... On a Sunday you can get a heritage Malta family ticket which gives you entry to 3heritage sites...there are plenty to choose from and this is great value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We purchased tickets for the Fort and the Malta Experience at the fort gift shop. These tickets also gave you admission to the war museum and 1566 exhibit as well. There were 7 buildings with history memorabilia and exhibits (artifacts, pictures, audio & film) covering the history of Malta. Fascinating stories of civilian and military acts of bravery. Surprised by... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting, full of information, lots to see and do, spanning centuries of colourful history. Spread out over various buildings it gives you an idea of the size of the fort, its history, along with Maltese and European history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting malta this is a must if you want to understand the history of the island. The fort has recently been refurbished with quite a lot spent on it. The exhibits are excellent with a lot of audio visual stuff to inform and entertain you. BEWARE this is not a 5 minute visit!!! My wife and I were in Fort... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit!!! So many stories about the wars over the centuries!!! Very spacious and alots of walking which is not a bad thing and gives you a chance to look around the Fort St Elmo. Very bright so wear your sunglasses and bring a bottle of water!! Which we did!

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