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“Very interesting museum just renovated”

Fort St Elmo - National War Museum
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Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War...
Ranked #11 of 117 things to do in Valletta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed 6 April 2018

At the very tip of Valleta is the St Elmo Fort, that has a long history. It is very good used as a Museum starting from old ages until today. It is good to learn the history of Malta with the many wars to have an idea of all what was going on at this small island.

Thank Ester Z
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

For those interested in military structures, fortifications etc. - definitely a must to see when visiting Malta.
Malta's history made this tiny spot on Mediterranean Sea a scene of many battles. Those belong now, luckily, to the history - leaving, however, behind plenty of "storytelling" installations.

1  Thank Jacek R
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I was looking for something indoors and this was perfect. A lot to see and very informative panels that take time to read. Allow time to slowly make your way through the museum to get the most out of it. The George Cross awarded to Malta is on display here as well.

Thank SharPatricia
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We were in Malta with friends and wanted to see some of the interesting history that the island has to offer. The museum might be a little less sophisticated than modern UK standards but the information was clear and easy to understand and follow. I would recommend visiting, and it took us around one hour to wander through the experience

1  Thank Steve L
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A very nice museum which depicts the way the Maltese endured the heaviest of all bombardments and air attacks from the enemy in World War 2. Malta was classified as the worst attacked European island (albeit, the World) during the referred period when considering the size of the islands.

The museum is well organized and actually leads the visitor in a step-by-step way to appreciate and understand the suffering and loss which the Maltese experienced.

Visit the museum to appreciate why the Maltese were awarded the George Cross which is proudly exhibited and included in the Island's national flag.

1  Thank Raymond D
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