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Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

St. Elmo Pl. | Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
+356 2123 3088
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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St. Elmo Pl. | Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Paid €10 for a combined ticket for both the Fort and the Museum and throughly enjoyed it. Several information films to watch throughout the tour and nicely spaced out and presented. This place has a lot of history on offer. The WW2 section especially interesting....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The fort itself is interesting to wander around, could do with more info on it though. The war museum located throughout is also fairly interesting, except for the first room which had hardly anything in. A lot fo stuff wasn't labelled either, very frustrating. Both...More

Thank CharlotteM1234
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this museum as part of a Malta at War tour and found it very interesting. The displays are located in different rooms which, as you pass through them, you pass through time finishing at WWII. Malta has been ruled by many peoples, the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We started our tour with a film Malta Experience thence were sorted to the Knights Hospiteliers infirmary where we saw the rooms used as wards which are now part of the conference centre, then we started our tour of the fort and the museum. Very...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum houses an extensive collection of back from the pre-historic Bronze Age to the WWII. The items are located in several buildings with each one containing articles and information pertinent to a specific era. Signage is very good so...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

For some reason I felt a little bit let down with this sightseeing attraction though to be fair I am still glad I went, it just didn't live up to expectation. I think that one problem that Malta has is that it needs to use...More

Thank Richard P
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fort St Elmo is a very interesting place. As well as being able to walk round and explore this fascinating old fort with some WW2 additions there is also an extensive museum charting the military history of Malta right from the 1500’s to the present...More

Thank MGeorge_10
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fort is full of kindly served historical exponates showing glorious history of Maltese defending since medieval till WWI and WWII periods.

Thank Val1975
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Because Malta is smack at the crossroads of the Mediterranean they have experienced many episodes of being at war. What I appreciated the most were the timelines showing what was happening in Malta counterposed with what was happening elsewhere in the world. This helped a...More

Thank Swegnson
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting and set in a great setting with beautiful views, but many of the interpretation signage explaining what the exhibits were was missing and a few of the exhibits weren't working which was a shame. I think it could have also shown maps/images showing...More

Thank Peter S
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MarkMahoney
February 21, 2017|
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Response from peter b | Reviewed this property |
Hi Mark. To get into the forts moat, do as follows. When you passed the duck area, follow the way up to the small gate, then you go down left towards to the officearea...follow the shore, it is a little bit rocky...but keep... More
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Mark B
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Response from Badfeeling2015 | Reviewed this property |
I should point out that the granary is underground and these are the lids
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Yes it is open to the public all year round thanks
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