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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 #8 of 35 attractions in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We wanted to see the George cross but saw a lot more besides and learnt things about the military history of Malta that we were not aware of. There is a lot crammed into a small place but worth the visit, could have spent hours in there but missed the blue sky after a while. One of the good things... More

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Frome, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

A fabulous museum, very informative and I definitely learned a lot from my visit. It is well worth a visit, allow a good 3 hours so that you don't miss anything but be aware that it doesn't have a cafe so eat before you visit.

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Going back in time and superb documentation!! Easy to look around full of facts and relics loved it! The collection of medals were moving. Great place

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This covers Malta's involvement in both World Wars and is a cheap (6 euros) attraction, We spent over an hour looking at the exhibits which are well laid out. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in history. The only downside is that this may not appeal to anyone with small children.

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Boreham, chelmsford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Found this museum while looking for 3D Malta. Was not disappointed, I have an interest in this time in history. Enclosed, but packed with lots of interesting information.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

An excellent small museum crammed with interesting WW2 items, especially ‘Faith’ the only surviving biplane.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A lot of information about Malta in the 2 world wars and its interesting relationships with the UK and Italy during that time. It is interesting to see the war from an allies perspective and it never ceases to amaze me at the number of lives lost transporting food and supplies during the war. It is a bit basic with... More

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Yorkshire
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4 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great visit to the war museum,Gives a good insight to how tough it was in ww2 on the island.Plenty of info and displays must admit i was in my eleiment here,there were a few empty display cabinats but still loads to see and read aboat,Visit here and get an insight to waht the people went through.Very good visit and will... More

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Maidenhead UK
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Quite a small museum but a lot of stuff crammed in. Would liked to have spent longer reading all the info but with a 9 year old getting bored, we had to rush round.

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Barry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

One-way around the exhibits, which have been packed into the limited museum space. Very well presented and with plenty of information, the walk around the passageways is a chronological history of Malta, its ties with Italy, Britain, etc., from prior to, and up to the end of the war, the hardships, bombing it suffered due to its strategic location in... More

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