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Address: 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
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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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This museum was very interesting and well worth a visit, with some unusual and interesting exhibits on show. It made you really think about Malta's role in the war and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum was very interesting and well worth a visit, with some unusual and interesting exhibits on show. It made you really think about Malta's role in the war and the people of Malta's courage.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Allow yourself about two and a half hours to do justice to this new attraction. I went when it opened in June 2015 and again in January 2016. This is a well thought out exhibition of Malta's history with many fascinating exhibits, videos and storylines. You may be well advised to take some liquid refreshment with you on a hot... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed it - great exhibitions and history. They have done a really good job with the new museum!

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great museum covering Malta's history from before the Knights of St John to the end of WWII - including the actual Maltese Cross. Great day out

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Anacortes, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After touring this museum, especially the sections regarding WWII, I had SUCH pride in the Maltese when I learned of their resiliency during the non-stop bombings. I LOVE a good underdog story and Malta truly WAS a little puppy that didn't give up during the war. I couldn't help but cheer for the Maltese. They EARNED that George Cross for... More 

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Formby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited many museums both in Malta and around the world, this is the best by far. The changes over the previous museum are fantastic (and the old one was good). We spent 2 hours in the various rooms but it would easily be possible to spend 3 hours and still come away wanting more. Excellent.

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Shardlow, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must if visiting Malta and you have an interest in history. It has recently been refurbished and the artefacts are contained in various rooms. There is a little bit of walking to be done and a few stairs to climb, but it is wheelchair friendly. It covers Malta's history from the Knights of St.John fighting the... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This year the new National War Museum was open to the public and it is out of this world, if you like history YOU have hit the jackpot great displays in out of this world fort a must see.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this very interesting and informative. More than I expected. I think there's enough to interest all ages. I would highly recommend.

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eastbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not much left on the island depicting the war but this is great lots of planes including a Spitfire, Hurricane and a DC good trip to see and only 7 euros

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