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The National War Museum

Address: Lower Fort St Elmo | Spur Street, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
Phone Number: 21 222 430
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Ranked #40 of 269 things to do in Valletta
Type: Military museums, Museums
Owner description: The National War Museum is located in the building known as the Old...
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Type: Military museums, 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The curator could have been more helpful; but, somehow, on our own, we found several floors of history, grand models of ships, and armory, photos and sets depicting various time periods. I'd love to go back again someday as it couldn't all be absorbed at one time. I think we spent 3 hours. Others of our group had left; not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

See the great suffering the maltese people had to endure in ww2 and see why they were awarded the george cross

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Naas, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Alot to see. The short film show gave you a good introduction to what the maltese people had to endure during the second world war. The underground tunnels were worth a visit.

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Stamford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The National War Museum and Ft. San Elmo is closed for restoration despite what the guidebooks tell you. Asked a guard when it might reopen and he was quite vague. Really disappointing

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Budapest, Hungary
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We tried to visit Matla's fortifications and forts - FORT ST. MANUEL (CLOSED - NO INFORMATION IN INTERNET, just a sign on the gates), FORT ST. ANGELO the same, FORT ST.ELMO closed, even CITADEL in Gozo was only partly open... seems there is a bit too much EU money thrown into it... Restoration is all good, but please by all... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This museum is closed! And I say that because, without exception, I have not been able to find anything to indicate that it’s closed other than an A4 sign stuck on the door. In the last few weeks the website has finally been updated, but it closed in SEPTEMBER! We visited in November, and it’s now January! You will still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The museum is quite hard to find, but that might just be my map-reading skills! Anyway, lots of exhibits from not just WW2. There aren't any guides really, so the info boards (which are thankfully quite detailed) are all you have. Good for a history nut, but probably not for others.

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liverpool
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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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London, Canada
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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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