Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Joseph P
    London, United Kingdom85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history tour
    Recommend going through the main buildings first, then the outside at the end. The outside gives a brief overview of the history, but the inside main buildings provide a much more in-depth insight into this. Rooms are clearly signposted, and go through the history of Malta in fantastic detail, with some mentions of the uses of the rooms in the building too. Highly recommend for 2+ hours
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Nimmy37
    Chester, United Kingdom804 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great exhibitions
    Having walked past earlier in our trip and my partner having a great interest in the war and it’s history we decided to pop in. We were there for over three hours as there is so much to see. Great layout with different sections and the final section which was my favourite was films projected onto the underground walls. It gave me the shivers as planes flew overhead and so well presented. Medal display was very humbling and the views from all aspects of the fort were amazing. Something for everyone and so much to see. Would recommend.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Ruth C
    Maidstone, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fabulous find
    Found this museum so interesting and informative. It was well laid out following the history of Malta throughout the years. There were videos and things to read and exhibits to look at. Well worth the money. It was quiet when we visited but also very hot. Thankfully there was air con. Absolutely well worth the money and great history. 👍🏻👍🏻
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Kath M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely thorough history of Malta’s war history
    Exceptionally thorough museum starting in prehistoric times, going through the times of the Knights, then through French and British rule and the World Wars. You can even see the George Cross medal given to the people of the Island of Malta and one of the Gloster Gladiator biplanes used in the defence of Malta in the Second World War. We spent at least three hours there.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Jackie M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great insight into Malta's part in WW2
    A very interesting museum which you could walk around at your own pace. We visited after going to the Lascaris War Rooms in the morning so it helped us to piece together Malta's history. There were clear directions on the route to follow. Excellent!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Cherise van Egten
    Den Helder, The Netherlands88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting
    We stumbled upon fort Elmo during our (my partner and I) walk. We decided to go in, as it had a perfect view on the shore/sea and it said it had history about the wars that had occurred at Malta. The walking self-tour gave a lot of explanation at the things that you could admire in Fort Elmo, like previous components of the fort, things found, history, etc. Besides the fort itself, it serves as a historical point of war, where many stories of the war (dating back to BC up until the second world war) were told. We quite enjoyed it, but didn’t spend that much time in the fort
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • juliaandadam123
    Ashford, United Kingdom1,862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprised by previous review
    My teen and I wore vest tops and shorts and no comments were made. I also didn’t see any signs warning about a dress code? We loved the museum and found it well organised and extensive, especially good value.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • travelbod04
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom321 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful insight into the history pf the island
    Well worth a visit if in Valetta. Great value if combined with a ticket for the Malta experience just next door. Great views and a bit of history as you walk around the fort but the best part is following the history of the fort and Malta through the different buildings. Take your time and take in all the displays and text to fully understand the changes this island has seen over the centuries and the hardships its people have endured even up to recent times.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Nick F
    Trowbridge, United Kingdom36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and interesting museum.
    A very interesting war museum which tells lots about Malta’s history. Well laid out and easy to find your way around. Good value for 10 euros. Just a shame the cafe doesn’t do sandwiches etc for a light lunch. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Wiffen
    Ely, United Kingdom134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The history of Malta = the history of war
    The Fort and War Museum were beautifully done and incredibly thorough, so that the Fort itself is the Museum and vice versa. It feels very well kept and carefully restored, and it's easy to find your way around and explore all the corners and the fantastic views. It was like going back in time. The exhibits in the Museum were really interesting and well presented, with lots of different media involved in telling the stories. A couple of really nice gift shops (one at the ticket office, one inside the Fort) and lots of toilets. Only drawback were brusque and grumpy staff at the ticket office, who were quite off-putting. I feel sure they could find friendlier staff, which would really enhance the experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 24, 2023
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Mike P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • 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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Mike D
Manalapan, NJ163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A nice history of the island and all of the conflicts that raged in and around Malta.

The views from the museum are spectacular and the history is provided in an interesting and interactive way.

While we were most interested in the WW2 history, understanding the island nation as a crossroads to history is important.

We went early on a Saturday when the museum was quite uncrowded and one could take their time at each exhibit.
Written January 20, 2020
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Mauro and Gerardo
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When my son told me about the War Museum in Valletta , I was a bit reluctant as we had already been to the one in London and I was not impressed. But my son insisted, and as we had nothing else to do, we got on the courtesy bus to Valletta and went to the War Museum. I was pleasantly surprised as how good it was, it started with a short film about the role of Malta in the 2nd world war, and then we had a guided tour of the facilities ( Thanks Mike !! ), Mike was the guide, very knowledgeable and prepared to answer questions.
So, in short, not to be missed.
Written February 24, 2020
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Greg
Paris, France7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • 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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Badforever
London, Canada1,695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • 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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Christos F
Kalamata, Greece96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
When you are in Malta, you have to visit knight's ''home''.
It is a nice castle but nothing more than this. But the War Museum which is inside it is really good. It covers Malta's history form the ancinet years till the 20th century.
Best option is to buy the combined ticket (14 euros) for St Elmo and Malta Experience and visit it AFTER you've watched the documentary at Malta experience (you can read my review for this place to be informed about)
Duration is about 2 hours.
Written March 14, 2020
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Gemma K
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
As a history buff and I also run a history TikTok account, as soon as I had the trip to Malta booked I researched Malta museums and found Fort St Elmo. I didn’t look into the museum too much as I like to think it can spoil the experience if you have seen everything before visiting

The fort itself is stunning, amazing views, a great walk around and the war museum is housed within the fort. The museum was fantastic, gave a real insight into Malta’s history. I am a big WW2 buff so this museum didn’t disappoint as its main focus is on both world wars. At only €10 for an adult ticket it’s an absolute bargain

Would recommend to anyone who would like to learn more about the islands history, well worth a visit!
Written October 18, 2023
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Mustafa Grump
East Garston, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
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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AByrne123
Galway, Ireland34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We really enjoyed our visit to Fort St Elmo. It was very informative and the museum was well laid out. It was very clear where to go next. The translations in the museum are only in English though which could be an issue if you are not a native speaker. Overall we really enjoyed our visit!!
Written January 3, 2020
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409ScopeWizard
Torquay, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went expecting a history of war and got that but more delightful was the history of Malta lesson! The museum, set in the nicely restored Fort St Elmo, presented the history in 5 parts each in a different building. But throughout the visit the very cleverly displayed timelines for significant Maltese, war and world historical events created a great overview of Malta and its place in the world. Really well done and worth a visit if you wish to understand Malta and the world!
Written January 13, 2020
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