Fortifications Interpretation Centre, Valletta

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The Fortress Builders – Fortification Interpretation Centre is an interpretation centre about the fortifications of Malta. It is housed in a late 16th-century warehouse located near the St. Andrew's Bastion in Valletta, Malta. The centre was opened in 2013, and it aims at communicating Malta's military architecture in an interactive way.
The building was formerly known as the Biagio Steps Examination Centre.
The idea to establish a museum about Malta's military architecture goes back to the 1960s, when British architect Quentin Hughes proposed to set up such a museum in Fort San Lucian. Military historian Dr. Stephen C. Spiteri also made plans to establish a military architecture museum, and he proposed setting it up at the Ospizio in Floriana. In November 2008, the Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs under Minister George Pullicino took the initiative of setting up the museum at the former Biagio Steps Examination Centre in Valletta. The project was led by Dr. Spiteri.
Works to convert the former examination hall began in 2010 under the direction of the architect Norbert Gatt, and the completion date was set to be sometime in 2011. The project was originally expected to cost €436,000, but it eventually amounted to €1.7 million. 85% of the funds were provided by the European Regional Development Fund. To visit Fortifications Interpretation Centre on your holiday in Valletta, and find out what else Valletta has to offer, use our Valletta.
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  • I passed this museum a number of times with my kids , but didn't enter . There was NO WAY my kids were going to watch Dad read about forts for 2 hours . Soo... I waited till I was Solo in Malta... 
    I passed this museum a number of times with my kids , but didn't enter . There was NO WAY my kids were going to watch Dad read about forts for 2 hours . Soo... I waited till I was Solo in Malta...  more »
  • Go to this if you are interested in Malta's history - 2 euro entry and helps understand the history and evolution of fortifications which will make the rest of your trip far more enjoyable as you... 
    Go to this if you are interested in Malta's history - 2 euro entry and helps understand the history and evolution of fortifications which will make the rest of your trip far more enjoyable as you...  more »
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  • Very goood collection of information, quite informative about purpose, construction techniques and military purposes of all fortifications in Malta. Worth the visit, only thing is that it is not free admission anymore, now it is 2 euro, very affordable but good to know for people that they need to bring change to the museum
  • Very detailed and interesting exhibition. Fantastic atmosphere created by the surroundings and staff. We were able to visit whilst the venue was quiet so were able to enjoy the entire display. Enthralling. The location is stunning, the view from the top of the venue is also breath taking. Well worth the visit.

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