Fortifications Interpretation Centre - 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.
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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...  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...  more »
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  • WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EVER! We got there 45min before it closed, were surprised it was now 2EUR per person, but it's not a big deal. We were 2, I handed 10EUR, the man at the entrance told me he doesn't have change. I suggested we enter and by the time we get out, other visitors would have paid and he will have change. He rudely told us off, that it's closing in 10min, we're the first visitors of the day, no one else will come, he doesn't have change so there's nothing he can do for us. We didn't have any other solution than to simply walk away...
  • Museum has free admission and gives lots of interesting information about fortification and history of Malta. For longer visits in Valletta it's worth to spends an hour or 2 for historical overview of fortifications of whole island
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