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

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 NEW

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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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW 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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Swindon, Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Not expensive to get in. Lots to see. The only thing I noticed was that on the RAF uniforms, they had the queens badge not the kings badge which they would have done during the war, but this was because there are not many kings badges around for them to put on the replica uniforms. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This isn't a museum you are going to zip through in 30 minutes. So informative and absorbing about the many facets of WW2 in which Malta was involved. Restored fuselage of Faith, one of 3 Swordfish biplanes which were the only air defences Malta had at the start of the war.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Disliked the fact that there was no guide book and attendant could have been more friendly. Displays however are excellent, especially Gloster Gladiator.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you want to just look at the many artefacts within the museum, you're visit will be a short one. But if you're visiting this war museum in view of learning more about World War I and II (and Malta's involvement) then please ensure you give yourselves a good two hours. The museum closes at 5pm. There is an enormous... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I thought this is a Great War museum. Having so many authentic items from the period that are not generally seen in other war time museums i have been too. Also found the Maltese pre war time history very interesting and ofcoarse they house the George Cross. For me it was worth the entry price to see this alone.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Emotive visit for me as my uncle was a WW2 pilot in the Fleet Air Arm during the Malta Convoys. Well presented with the right amount of information.

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Kamsack, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

this was a history of several of the wars and is a self directed tour reading as you go and the history is incredible

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