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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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“great siege” (31 reviews)
“re enactment” (13 reviews)
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 2 days ago

What an incredible place to visit. The members of staff who were there were more than happy to assist me in my wheelchair, and there was almost nowhere on this site that I could not access. A couple of small exceptions to this were along...More

Thank PhotoColin
Reviewed 6 days ago

An intense and emotionally powerful museum that has been recently renovated. There is a lot more than you would expect and describes the remarkable perseverance of the Maltese people during the Great Ottoman Siege and in early World War II. Admission is free with the...More

Thank JPSWashington_DC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fort St Elmo is on the Walls of the Valletta city the capital of Malta, on sunday there is the evocation In Guardia, you entry in the good atmosphere , the actors are Identified in the role and historical period of the re-evocation and so...More

Thank Maurizio N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this to be one of the best museums in Malta. Well set out displays and particularly good at explaining Malta's history especially during WW2.

Thank JDS8888
Reviewed 1 week ago

If your time in Valletta is restricted, then I feel this museum could be one place to miss. There is a phenomenal amount of walking. The displays tend to be unimaginative, however I was intrigued by the display about the SS Ohio. I was so...More

Thank Peter G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of the National War Museum. The fort is right on the headland and so in a really great spot. Outside you can appreciate the huge size of the walls and how they were able to provide protection to the Knights of St...More

Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance is 10 euros but included with the Malta Heritage Pass. Very easy to spend about an hour and a half here. Beautiful views and a museum which is really well organised with lots of interest, particularly the WW2 sections. Afterwards, 5 minute stroll and...More

Thank vessi80
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a visit that kept gong on and on. Every time you thought you must have reached the end there was more to see. Covering the full history of Malta in varied presentations and styles, it was definatekky worth the entry money.

Thank Eaglewings3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit if you have a few hours to spare in Valletta. Great history well presented across the centuries.

Thank Larry C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ticket to the fort is 10 euros, however I got in with student discount for just 7.50. Lots of nice views across the fort to the seafront and the museums show Malta's war history with really nice infographics at different points. Together with the...More

Thank EndreKemenes
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MarkMahoney
Hello! Can you access the lower fort area on a visit? As seen in the movie 'Midnight Express'
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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Mark B
What are the circular pedestals in front of the fort?
1 July 2016|
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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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OggieDee
Has it reopened yet or only Sunday's still?
10 April 2015|
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Response from Ryan V |
Yes it is open to the public all year round thanks
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