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Fort St Elmo - National War Museum

St. Elmo Pl., 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: 2-3 hours
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St. Elmo Pl., Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
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+356 2123 3088
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Home to the National War Museum, this impressive fortresses is located on the shore of the Sciberras Peninsula, almost opposite Fort St Angelo at Vittorisoa. Fort St Elmo sits alone on St Elmo Place it is east of the Grand Harbour at Valletta; the road...More

Thank Tracey1Evans
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easily the best fort in Malta. Rich in history it is a must see. Has some of the best views also. Couldn't speak any higher of it

Thank Usman H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really interesting museum. We found the history of Malta in all centuries fascinating. There are lots of videos to watch detailing all periods of Maltese history. The Second World War exhibits and videos are particularly good. It's a must when you visit Valletta. The...More

Thank richard g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great walk trough the history of Malta. Fantastic exhibitions showed in the very interactive way. Really helpful stuff. Great experience!

Thank Mark S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to visit a couple of days ago and i must say i was left really amazed. The place is very well kept and maintained in excellent conditions despite the fact that it is a 500 year old building. You go to the Great Siege...More

Thank 82Warren
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit. Not expensive to get in. It is well laid out in chronological order which is easy to follow. They have the islands George Cross and one of the old biplanes - Faith, which help defend the country in...More

Thank Buzzy1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot to see from early history through the great siege, the first world war, the second world war, upto the turn of the 21st century. Very informative. The exhibits are housed in the various buildings, access is also available to some of the ramparts...More

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thick walls and its beautiful location are not the only things the stronghold is worth visiting for. Inside, you will find the whole history of Malta unravel itself before your eyes. Movies, descriptions, exhibitions - you need at least 2 hours to see and appreciate...More

Thank Ravalus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit and a great way to spend a couple of hours out of the heat with the children. The Fort itself is great to walk around and really interesting with great views of the harbour....once inside you really appreciate the size and...More

Thank twickenhamb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This attraction should ideally be viewed in conjunction with the Malta Experience. The fort is split into seven zones dealing with different periods of the Islands Military History. I'm not a fan of lots of reading and there are many panels charting the datelines. If...More

Thank markhO7053QO
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MarkMahoney
21 February 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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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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