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Address: Lower Fort St Elmo | Triq il-Mediterran, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
Phone Number: 35621233088
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The National War Museum, housed within the fortified walls of Fort St...
The National War Museum, housed within the fortified walls of Fort St. Elmo, houses a superb collection of artefacts. Displayed in a chronological manner, these artefacts narrate the military history of Malta from the early phases of the Bronze Age, around 2,500 B.C. when the first inhabitants arrived from Sicily, to Malta's EU Accession in 2004. Prominence is given to periods that deeply marked Malta's often turbulent history. The arrival of the Knights of the Order of St. John and the resultant Great Siege of 1565, including the construction of Valletta, fortresses and fortifications, coastal towers and other coastal fortifications, and Malta as a British Fortress Colony under the British Empire and the two great wars of the 20th Century. The museum provides particular insight into Malta's significant role during the Fist World War, the Inter-War Period and Malta's historical part in the Second World War. Perhaps the three most important artefacts on display are the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt's Jeep 'Husky', and Malta's award for gallantry, the George Cross.
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Good museum

Great museum to ease you into an island of history. The stories inside are accessible to all and there are artefacts too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great museum to ease you into an island of history. The stories inside are accessible to all and there are artefacts too.

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Victoria, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The National War Museum at Fort St Elmo has been completely renovated and expanded. Formerly covering only Malta's experiences in World War II, it now includes extensive displays relating to the Great Siege of 1565. We visited the museum at end August 2015; there is still some work underway but the bulk of the renovation has been completed. In addition... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

In the fort is The National War Museum. For visiting you need about 2-3 hours. Audio guide is availible. Each part of exhibition has a short movie and exhibits.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Not one to be keen on war related exhibitions or museums I was pleasantly surprised by this amazing insight into Maltese history dating back to 1500's right up to WW2. We visited on a very hot August day and found no queues, information in English throughout the museum and some brilliant hologram filming to really bring history alive I would... More 

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, gives you the military history of malta from the great Siege of 1565 to the second world war, loads of exhibits, the fort of St elmo is amazing, highly recommended.

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This is a fascinating museum which is superbly organised. The use of audio visuals is the best that I have seen in any museum. Most importantly, it tells the incredible story of Malta in WW2. If you are going to Malta then you MUST visit this museum.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I'm not always a fan of war museums, but this was brilliant. Telling the intriguing and unique tale of a tiny island's history, the museum used videos against a time line, alongside plenty of reading, appealing to all kinds of learners. The massive history (from the Ottoman raids to WWII) of this very small island is well explained and laid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

National War Museum Malta and Fort St Elmo I would highly recommend anyone visiting Malta to take a daytrip to this attraction. But do take plenty of liquids as it can get awfully hot. With Malta’s easy to understand bus routes it was pretty easy from anywhere on the island to get to. Just start out early; about 9 is... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Thought provoking and deeply moving not only the walk around the fort but the exhibits in the museum, from "Faith" to the "Ohio" and HMS Illustrious and the bravery of the Maltese people and their struggles. To see the George Cross was very poignant.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Brilliant museum. Well laid out, great videos on huge screens to introduce each section, lovely detail. And a wonderful surprise to see the George Cross the island was awarded. A must if you are in Malta!

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