Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, Valletta

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Military Bases & Facilities
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9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Visitors at Fort St Elmo can experience the impressive grounds of the fort, including the splendid architecture of the two chapels dedicated to St Anne. Among the most notable artefacts inside the museum one finds the military armour of the Order of St John and the Ottoman Turks, the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt’s Jeep ‘Husky’, and Malta’s award for gallantry, the George Cross.
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Mike P
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Couples
A superb museum in Valletta, Malta. A well presented walk through the complex history of Malta, and how it survived several sieges and repeated changes of nationality, with Turks, French and British amongst others claiming it as their territory.
The museum is located within Fort St Elmo, and finding the actual entrance to the Fort was not as easy as it could be. It is now adjacent to the entrance to "The Malta Experience" with its array of flags outside.
A small coffee shop provides a welcome break, and we found that we needed at least tho hours to do the many sections justice. Some clever audio visuals help to explain things, and the excellent time-line displays really bring home the relationship of Maltese history to other world events.
We'll worth the senior entry price of 7.5 euros per person.
Written June 13, 2022
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Badforever
London, Canada571 contributions
Couples
A very informative self guided tour. The museum is within the actual Fort. Great views of the harbours from every direction. They use original buildings within the Fort to conduct the history tour. They have divided the history of Malta into 7 segments or time periods. If you have already done the Malta Experience tour - segments 1 and 2 are duplication but help reinforce what we learned yesterday. Each time period segment includes video depictions, displays, artifacts, weapons, costumes etc for each period. The actual George Cross is in segment 5. Segment 6, the post war period was not as well done; displays were non functioning or absent. Not until writing this review did we realize there was an external Segment 7! We saw no signage to lead us there, sadly. Also the snack bar was closed. We paid 18 euros for 1 adult and 1 senior. It was worth the money. We spent 1.5 hours and did not look at EVERY artifact. Look for bundle packages to this and other museums such as the Malta Experience to save money. Wish we had!
Written February 23, 2022
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Barry D
Erie, PA232 contributions
A trip to this place will give the visitor a basic understand of the history of Malta, and in particular its military importance. The views of the harbor are wonderful and the museum itself does a very excellent job of conveying this history of Fort St. Elmo during the time of the Knights and the Great Siege, as well as the importance and suffering of Malta during World War II. You need at least two hours to visit this site, three or more if you are really into the history of World War 2 and the Knights. Highly recommend visiting.
Written July 6, 2022
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kenrockape4241
Stoke-on-Trent, UK86 contributions
I completed my 8th visit to Malta in early June 22. I'd previously visited Fort St Elmo - National War Museum in 2015 and thought that a re-visit was due to see if anything had improved. Sadly, for me, the answer was no. As a 'National Museum' Fort St Elmo leaves a lot to be desired. As I made my around the site, parts were sealed off with 'No Access to Visitor' signs, so places such as the Cavalier were off limits. When I visited in 2015, the former WW2 barracks were not open to visitors and I noticed then that it looked as if fly-tippers had paid a visit. In 2022 not much had changed. Heritage Malta needs to get its act together and clean this area up. I'm back in Malta next year, but Fort St Elmo is definitely not on my 'things to do in Malta' list.
Written June 27, 2022
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Greg
Paris, France1 contribution
Couples
I would skip this.

Most of it is sprawling walls where guns once stood - with smoke areas off limits. The sea views are about the same as you see before entering. The gun mounts were nothing compared to what you can send in Normandy for free.

We almost missed the actual “museum” after walking 20 minutes since there were no signs or map of the grounds given.

Once you enter that huge empty courtyard, you go up to seven separate rooms.

There were a few interesting items but very few. A number of items were missing. Many were not very impressive, In many cases the items were “like” what people of the era might have used rather than being authentic.

The most impressive artifacts were a few armored breast plates but they had scant explanation and I am not convinced they were actually from Malta.

The other thing I was looking forward to was a more thorough knowledge of what happened during the two famous sieges.

Luckily I learned a lot more from some YouTube videos than from this. In fact it wasn’t clear what the conclusion was to the Turkish siege since the last video room was playing audio but no video.

I found the text on the walls ok but minimal. Chronological but you might skip 2000 years from one to the next and all kinds of irrelevant info about stuff in other countries. Frequently people stand there reading for a long time and block the view.
Written October 23, 2021
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Onceawaitress
Haywards Heath, UK503 contributions
Family
The fort itself is now falling into disrepair and looks somewhat neglected in places, the ravages of time, wind and battle very evident. The museum is incredibly modern in comparison with great displays, excellently curated, lots of audio visual history and well laid out. You need to allow a couple of hours to walk around even if you don't stop to read everything! The story of Malta's history as a strategic military base is told from prehistoric to modern times. The gift shop is small and a cafe would be most welcome but generally an excellent museum.
Written April 8, 2022
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Mustafa Grump
East Garston, UK137 contributions
Spent a pleasant couple of hours wandering aroud the fort. It contains several well laid out museums covering key periods in the fort's history and plenty of good views over the harbours and out to sea. Very few people about when we visited in Oct '21 but I imagine it could become quite crowded at peak periods. There's a small cafeteria and gift shop located inside but no restaurant at the time of writing.
Written October 11, 2021
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Ang W
7 contributions
Interesting buildings, lots of informational signs but very little shade. Small café / shop. I went in the middle of the day, it was extremely hot and I wished I had gone much earlier whilst it was cooler. The museum was thought provoking.
Written August 7, 2022
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Lynden M
Bradford-on-Avon, UK55 contributions
If you know nothing of Malta's history, go here.

Once you get passed the over-efficient commandant at the Ticket Office, there is lots to see. All the museum is split into separate time periods in different buildings. So you get a chance to take in the views and focus on something else between epochs.
Very well laid out and excellent value for money.
Written April 22, 2022
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Basingstone
Hampshire, UK498 contributions
Although the restoration is not fully complete this is best place to visit in Valletta. The restoration of the fort is superb as is complimented the national war museum. The museum is a series of seven room in different parts of the fort chronicling the Maltese history through the years. The ticket price is is very keen and great value for at least three hours entertainment.
Written January 2, 2020
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