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Address: Lower Fort St Elmo | Spur Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
Phone Number: 21 222 430
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old Drill...
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.
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The location of this museum has been moved slightly to bigger rooms and my word has it benefited from it. They now have it broken into 7 sections and some have shows and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The location of this museum has been moved slightly to bigger rooms and my word has it benefited from it. They now have it broken into 7 sections and some have shows and interactive displays which are very professional. If you love history then you have to visit this. We stayed for nearly 3 hours it was that interesting. €10... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit so much to see! A big thank you to James our tour guide who provided us with lots of information about the history of the air raid tunnels and information on the many items displayed at the museum.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Came here with my partners family as they came in 2008 and it was under restoration then so they could not visit. We did our research and everywhere said it was open.We got to Valletta walked down to it and we could not find the entrance, a guy outside trying to get us to ride a horse said that it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The fort in itself is worth the visit quite large, the museum was very interesting and would reccommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The new museum is stunning! First of all it in the best position to enjoy stunning views of the two ports of Malta! I mean, this is for sure the best view on the island. Secondly, it shows the density of history on our island and the contribution of Malta to the second world war which was a turning point... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This museum was on my hubby's must see list of attractions in Malta so we were glad that it had re-opened in June when we visited. There were 8 narrow/small rooms distributed throughout a portion of Fort St. Elmo. Each room had displays about a war in Malta such as the Great Siege in the 1500's, Napoleon's victory over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The newly opened National War Museum is definitely worth a visit - location is now five minutes walk away from where it used to be, but still at Fort St Elmo. The museum covers the Ottoman Great Siege of Malta extremely well including the use of interactive resources. Another section of the museum deals with the turmoil during the two-year... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This museum is situated in Lower St Elmos fort and can be difficult to find but if you are interested in history and the contributions that Malta made in the !940's this is the place to see for 10 euros I visited 75 years after the first air raids on Malta but having read a few books on the subject... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went just before the hottest time of the day. Very quiet and very interesting! Would go back. Not great for children, a few health and safety issues, especially near the engines, but great fun all the same!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The exhibitions relate in a chronological manner the history of the island and its struggles over the centuries. There are some interesting artifacts and good information but I guess it could be seen as biased and a bit self grandiosing. However after the troubles of the island I guess they could be entitled to it. Well worth the trip especially... More 

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Address: Lower Fort St Elmo | Spur Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
Phone Number: 21 222 430
Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Valletta
Open Hours:
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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