Fort St Elmo – National War Museum

Temporary opening hours – please note that Fort St Elmo – National War Museum is open from Wednesdays to Sundays between 10:00hrs and 18:00hrs (closed on Mondays & Tuesdays). Admission FREE of charge.


Visitors at Fort St Elmo can enjoy a twofold experience. Originally intended as a war machine, the fort was built in a strategic location to face and hold back the menacing Ottoman attacks. This dominating position now offers unobstructed panoramic views of the harbours and the surrounding towns and villages. The fort also hosts the National War Museum which houses a superb collection of artefacts that go back to prehistoric times.

Constructed by the Order of St John in 1552, the star-shaped fort was built according to the cutting edge of fortress design. The fort played a crucial role in the eventful Great Siege of 1565 which saw the mighty forces of the Ottoman Empire and the Order of St John come head to head.

During the British rule, the fort was modified to accommodate the new requirements of war. Right on the day when Malta became involved in the conflict of World War II, on 11 June 1940, Fort St Elmo suffered the first aerial bombardment on the islands.

Visitors at Fort St Elmo can experience the impressive grounds of the fort, including the splendid architecture of the two chapels dedicated to St Anne. Among the most notable artefacts in the Museum, one finds: military armour of the Order of St John and the Ottoman Turks, the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt’s  Jeep ‘Husky’, and Malta’s award for gallantry, the George Cross.

Other Heritage Malta museums and sites in Valletta: Palace State Rooms and Palace Armoury, MUŻA, National Museum of Archaeology, Fortress Builders Interpretation Centre.

Piazza D’Armi

Chapel of St Anne

George Cross

Gloster Gladiator Faith

Husky Jeep

Opening Hours

June to October
Monday to Sunday:
09.00 – 18.00hrs
(last admission at 17.30hrs)

November to May
Monday to Sunday:
09.00 – 17.00hrs
(last admission at 16.30hrs)

Closed on 24, 25 & 31 December, 1 January & Good Friday

Mediterranean Street,
Valletta VLT 1741
Tel: +356 21 481 305


Adults (18 – 59 years): €10.00
*Youths (12 – 17 years), *Senior Citizens (60 years & over), *Concessions, and *Students: €7.50
Children (6 – 11 years): €5.50
Infants (1 – 5 years): Free

* a valid ID / student card must be presented