Malta's War Museum at Fort St. Elmo.
Malta's War Museum at Fort St. Elmo. Image: Frank Vincentz Wikimedia CC BY SA 3.0

New virtual museum lets visitors explore Malta’s underwater archaeology

The sites on ‘The Virtual Museum- Underwater Malta‘ website range from old archaeological findings to sunken aircrafts and submarines.

Launching the underwater museum at Fort St Elmo, Professor Tim Gambin from the University of Malta explained that through means of virtual reality, one can be able to experience the underwater world, which is usually explored only by divers. He said that the concept of the museum highlights the importance of Malta’s heritage found underwater.

Each site has beautifully shot videos allowing the virtual tours. There is detailed description and information too for those interested in learning more.

The general public can now access 10 underwater archaeological sites in the comfort of their own homes. “What we see today is just the tip of the iceberg, as there was a lot work behind this project which consisted of research, using different media and technology to bring the technology we know now” said Professor Tim Gambin from the University of Malta.

Launching the underwater museum at Fort St Elmo, Professor Gambin explained that through means of virtual reality, one can be able to experience the underwater world, which is usually explored only by divers. He said that the concept of the museum highlights the importance of Malta’s heritage found underwater.

The project is in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA), the University of Malta and Heritage Malta, with an investment of €100,000 over three years. There have been many technological initiatives for cultural heritage in Malta. And it was also was one of the first countries to open their historical sites virtually, to provide tourists an idea of what they will see once they visit the island. 

Read further about the project on Independent.

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