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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 #7 of 33 attractions in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Not too easy to find but once got there lots to look at. Good displays with comprehensive information. Not many staff around to ask questions but as all displays had good information boards wasn't a problem. Loos on site. If you are claustrophobic then might not be the best place as quite dark in some areas and a definite feeling... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I have to admit to having tears in my eyes at a few points in this compact museum. The Maltese people suffered horribly during the WW11 and the museum details things very clearly.

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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our second visit to this museum, but a first for friends of ours. It really is a must if you are in Valletta. It is so well planned and laid out. You are following chronological arrows on the floor, which takes you through and along exhibits; so much excellent information and really well presented. It really came home to me... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

The museum is in Fort St Elmo at the end tip of Valetta. Very well done presentation of the lead-up to WW1 and then a year-by-year walk through to the end of WW2, with a particular emphasis on the role played by Malta and its people.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I think it was 6 euros entry fee and well worth it for a couple of hours of learning about the history of Malta. Videos, displays, memorabilia, so much information packed into a smallish museum. Even if you dont usually go to museums take some time to try this one, its marked year by year of events and you can... More

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Brighton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

An impressive collection of artefacts well laid out and with clear and fairly concise description boards.

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Egremont, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

A small exhibition of war time memorabilia, should be seen after the Malta Experience and the entry fee is reasonable for what is inside.

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This small museum packs an enormous amount of material and information into a compact space. The effect of war on Malta's history is presented informatively and intelligently. The variety and quality of exhibits cannot be faulted and I gained many insights into events that have so affected Malta. Whether through an analysis of the geo-political considerations that put Malta into... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This was first on my list of places I wanted to visit in Valletta and it didn't disappoint. Really interesting displays, well laid out and the exhibits themselves are great. My partner is not a WWII buff like me, but even he was interested in the museum. Really worth a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This war museum is well done and Malta's strategic position in the Mediterranean well explained. Sadly the George Cross was not there as it was on loan to an exhibition. Entrance was on the Malta Heritage Pass a very good value purchase.

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