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The National War Museum

Lower Fort St Elmo | Spur Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
21 222 430
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Ranked #10 of 33 attractions in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old Drill Hall of Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta. The museum’s collection on display... more » Owner description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old Drill Hall of Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta. The museum’s collection on display focuses on the two World Wars (1914-18 and 1939-45).It recounts the story of the events which led to the two wars, their development and major actions and also their consequences, locally and abroad. Special reference is made to the role of Malta in the theatre of war and the contribution of the Maltese population to the war effort, especially during the incredibly difficult conditions of 1942.The exhibition epitomises Malta’s role as a fortress from 1798, focusing mainly on the Second World War. Numerous photographic panels depicting conditions prevailing in Malta are displayed together with artillery pieces, aircraft wreckages, uniforms and other military memorabilia. « less
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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

A small but packed with artefacts museum , that is very inexpensive to visit. Our visit was made even cheaper by buying a Valletta museum multipass including the main museums of Valletta . The museum tells the story of both wars from the perspective of Malta , which was a vital strategic island in the 2nd world war. In between... More

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I do like history in any country but Malta history means a lot to the Brits and the war museum in Valletta brings into perspective what this country went through during the war. I loved this museum and would say its a place you should visit when in Malta young or old.

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This site is not located centrally, so it will be a walk, which is definitely worth it. And then finding the entrance (which is small) provides the next challenge. After facing those small things, you can spend hours learning about why the Maltese people received the George Cross! Their stories are well told by this excellent museum.

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We entered this cool museum and had a slow look round. Its well laid out, with the years written on the floor, so you follow know what period of war history you are at. a few disappointing empty cabinets, but plenty to read about and still plenty of exhibits.

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Being such a melting pot, the maltese war museum is like an international war museum, since it has weaponry and battle suits form all over the world.

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Sanford, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

As a history teacher in America I am very fond of America war museums. I have spent hours at Civil War battle sites and at the museums in Washington DC. This was a great place for world history. My wife only let me spend an hour and a half here, but I could've spent another hour and a half easily!

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Gdansk, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I visited this museum having previously read a lot on Maltese history, and thinking I knew almost everything. However this museum was full of even more information, the displays were informative and easy to read, although they did contain a lot of information so maybe less good for younger people. There were a good number of physical exhibits, and many... More

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South West
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The museum is packed full of photos, uniforms, artefacts, military equipment... there is plenty of information to guide you through Malta's history and describe the bravery of those who lived and fought here. The staff are very helpful and will approach you to explain the exhibits and tell you more. A great resource - do visit!

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

War museum that starts in beginning of war and takes you to the end. A lot of things from world war:boats,motorcycles,nazi helmets,bloody airplane goggles,wrecked airplane propellers and engines,bombs,x-ray machine,very big torpedo and much more... Must bee very interesting for war veterans.There was also a bomb shelter. Best:Impressive torpedo Worst:information text next to war objects is too long and too small... More

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france
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A very good museum. Not very big, but nicely laid out. Good to learn about Malta's past, how it got slammed in WW2, how the Maltese coped. Worth a visit.

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