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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 #9 of 35 Attractions in Valletta
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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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This "attraction" is not open but there is no way to know until you get there. This is supposed to be included in the multi site ticket but they don't tell you it is closed when they sell it to you. At best it is sharp practice at worst it is close to grossly misleading.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

This is an island with an amazing history - so much packed into a small place! Great details and visuals, make this a must see when you are in valetta.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Very informative. Staff happy to answer Questions. would go early as a fair distance if walking from Valletta Old Town Entrance.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

This museum is brilliant , a definite must for an understanding of Malta The museum is totally interesting and has a simple time thread that flows through the 20th century Please visit and learn about the terrible conditions suffered by the Maltese in WW 2

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Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great museum telling the story of 20th century war and how it affected Malta. Loved seeing Faith one of the Gloster Gladiator aircraft from WW2 and the George Cross awarded to the island. Fantastic history of the Ohio the tanker that saved the island from surrender during WW2. Didn't like what appears to be the airbrushing of real gallantry and... More

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Preston,Lancs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Fort ST Elmo is the home of the Museum Easy to find but beware the heat if walking there in peak summer Great location and fantastic views Not expensive for entry plenty of space off peak times Well presented good exhibits fascinating to hear and see fully how the Island struggled and suffered so badly but came through it all... More

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Billings
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The history of Malta involves numerous wars so this museum is a must visit to find out how Malta fits in the world picture. The old photos and the accounts of each war are very well done

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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This exhibition gives an insight of how the Maltese people suffered during WW2. Their bravery was simply staggering. Despite nearly being bombed out of existence, they held out and were awarded The George Cross. A humbling experience.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a great place with lots of interesting information and items. It is humbling to realise what the people of Malta went through, and the bravery of the defending forces. Interestingly all of the visitors when we were there were British, not an Italian or German in sight, I wonder why that was? Poor losers maybe?

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Stanley, Falkland Islands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

A well laid out, well presented museum packed with excellent displays, useful information and air conditioning! Well worth a visit.

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