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“The home of Malta's George Cross” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The National War Museum

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 37 Attractions in Valletta
Type: Museums
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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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“The home of Malta's George Cross”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Well worth a visit. The museum is well laid out with some interesting exhibits and lots of facts about Malta's importance in WW2. The George Cross is quite a simple display, but the citation is also carved into the wall of the Palace of the Grand Masters.

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“A great little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

One of the reasons I wanted to visit Malta was that my father had served on a Royal Navy destroyer escort during the Second World War. So a visit to this museum was a must and I was not disapppointed.
I found the exhibits very interesting and the narrative fascinating.
Another reviewer pointed out the lack of air-conditioning and this becomes very evident after a few minutes. However if we remember that in the Second World War Malta was the most bombed place in Europe and the severe deprivations that the population endured, a little heat is a small price to pay.

Visited September 2012
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“worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Very interesting a lovely museum with lots of exhibits and plenty of detail, you need plenty of time to enjoy this properly.

Visited September 2012
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“Go on a cool day!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

Our trip to this very interesting museum, dealing with such an important part of maltese history was spoilt by the ridiculous heat inside the building.
Even the local security guard looked like he had been thrown in a shower! The heat was so bad that within minutes my wife developed a migraine and we had to leave - only to find a large group of people outside who had done exactly the same thing.
What a shame such an important national museum should be let down so badly because of no air-conditioning!

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“A little tame”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Museums have to balance written information and exhibits. This offered too much written material and too few significant artifacts. Good selection of the small stuff, especially the uniforms and personal items, but I would like to have seen better large items. They are severely restricted by the size of the building. More AV displays would also be welcome, perhaps with a bit more imagination. The place also needs air conditioning. It was very hot inside, even on a mild day. More like a provincial museum than a national one.

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