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Marking Time: Celebrating One Year of the Malta Time-gun Museum

The Malta Time-gun Museum established by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna - the Malta Heritage Trust in 2023 marks its first year of operation. The museum is located in the basement of the former St. George's military chapel in Valletta which now houses the Malta Stock Exchange. It documents the history of the Malta time-gun as operated between 1824 and 1923 to provide a precise signal at noon to the fleet and mariners at large for the calibration of ship clocks on board. Precise time was necessary during navigation at sea particularly to find the longitude. It also tells the story of the Saluting Battery from where the time-gun was fired. It brings together a large collection of original artillery pieces once mounted at the Saluting battery including a 40mm Light-anti Aircraft gun which equipped the battery between 1939 and 1945. at this museum one can also see military uniforms, artillery equipment, arms and instruments, navigational instruments, ammunition, documents and insignia. There is also a rich collection of period scale artillery models covering 500 years of artillery development.

The museum is best viewed along with the Saluting Battery which it compliments. It is open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00am till 4.30pm. Entrance fee is €3 per adult or €6 including the Saluting Battery.

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