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The National War Museum

Lower Fort St Elmo | Spur Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
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Ranked #8 of 37 Attractions in Valletta
Type: Museums
Owner description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old...
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Type: Museums
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is possibly one of the best museums you will ever visit as it not only shows the incredible stamina and bravery of all the armed forces in Malta but also of the Maltese people themselves who suffered greatly in the second world war. The museum is crammed with information and artifacts that informs you of the whole episode from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Lots to see and the displays are really good. This is a place that is overlooked a lot but it is really interesting and worth spending an hour or two.

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Coleraine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

A row of pictures and medals of the Maltese citizens who paid the ultimate price in wartime. A very moving experience to see. The artefacts contained are a reminder of the pivotal role this small island played in defeating the Nazis.

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Berkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The fortitude and bravery of the Maltese people in WW2 was recognised by the award of the George Cross. It is an iconic symbol of Malta's resistance and here it is. Not a copy or replica, the real thing, and a thrill to see. Also here is the cockpit and fuselage of Faith, the last remaining Gladiator and another gem.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Definitely worth a visit, and signed so not too hard to find. We approached via steep steps but we're shown an easier more accessible way back to the town by a helpful local lady. Limited sights there's not a lot to it, but there wasn't so just a reflection of fact. The guide was excellent and very knowledgable.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

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

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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