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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 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit if you wish to know more about the history of Malta as it tells about the different occupants of the island and its evolution through wars and as a member of the British empire. There is also a...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Many war museums involve boring rooms. Not this place, many rooms in ancient surroundings giving an accessible overview of Malta's war experiences. Even better when you had a family member stationed not too far away.

Thank Michael L
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Tells the story of Malta through its various 'Rulers and occupations'. Its courage and resilliance, in an original fortification. They even have one of the original Faith Hope and Charity Gloster Gladiator aircraft. Which helped during the seige of Malta in WW2

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have read about the Knights of St John and the great siege . But when you walk inside that fort that still has parts of the original intact and look out over high bastion wall you are seeing what the Knights saw . Unbelievable...More

Thank Richard N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A great use of the old fort as a museum - fascinating history of Maltain war right up to date. Great place to walk around end take it all in, even on a very hot day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such good value for money and probably the best war museums I’ve visited. Great to actually walk around a museum and feel what it must have been like during the war with the actually buildings/fort surrounding you and hosting much of the exhibition. Certainly worth...More

Thank ELMarsh
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My youngest (14) disagrees with me, but what does he know lol. This place is fabulous! Going here was brilliant, I've learnt so much more about the great siege today. Friendly, courteous staff, fabulous views, great museum, wonderful weather.... What more could a history buff...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an interesting place telling the history of Malta, plenty to see here, and lots of history to read

Thank Katie D
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this museum which is contained in the confines of the historic and picturesque Fort Elmo. The museum covers Maltese military history from pre history up until the modern day. The most interesting areas are those of the Great Siege and the Second World...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved it! We would have renamed it "Walk through the history of Malta" because there was more to it than just war. It was like the full history of Malta, which was very interesting! It was cool to walk through the fort to see...More

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MarkMahoney
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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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