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Address: Fort St Elmo | Triq il-Mediterran, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
Phone Number:
+356 2123 3088
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The National War Museum, housed within the fortified walls of Fort St....

The National War Museum, housed within the fortified walls of Fort St. Elmo, houses a superb collection of artefacts. Displayed in a chronological manner, these artefacts narrate the military history of Malta from the early phases of the Bronze Age, around 2,500 B.C. when the first inhabitants arrived from Sicily, to Malta's EU Accession in 2004. Prominence is given to periods that deeply marked Malta's often turbulent history. The arrival of the Knights of the Order of St. John and the resultant Great Siege of 1565, including the construction of Valletta, fortresses and fortifications, coastal towers and other coastal fortifications, and Malta as a British Fortress Colony under the British Empire and the two great wars of the 20th Century. The museum provides particular insight into Malta's significant role during the Fist World War, the Inter-War Period and Malta's historical part in the Second World War. Perhaps the three most important artefacts on display are the Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520 FAITH, Roosevelt's Jeep 'Husky', and Malta's award for gallantry, the George Cross.

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A great bit of history.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and was very pleased with the information to hand on Malta's war days.

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Billingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit here and was very pleased with the information to hand on Malta's war days.

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

spent hours here so much imformation and well laid out displays it is a very popular and must see place in valletta

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be on your list if you are in Malta. Great for all ages the displays are informative and entertaining. Incredible history to learn about.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a World War II buff so I loved it. I was surreal to think that Knights stood on that same wall or that the Fort was part of the defense of the Island/country of Malta. Totally worth going to. From there you can walk downtown or along the coast and see breath taking views. The museum itself has... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having not been to a museum in Malta for many years we thought we should try out this newly presented venue. Over the years Maltese exhibitions have improved no end and this was no exception. Very interesting. Not too much to read and very visual. Excellent value for money!

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum was laid out in a way that you can go from the ancient past right up to near the present, I especially like seeing "Husky" the jeep and one of the 3 Gloucester Gladiators that was on display as I am from Gloucester.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum gives you the history of Malta during war. The 2 sieges and being the nurse of the Med in WW1. Good use of artefacts, timelines and multimedia makes this a very good and interesting museum. Also the fort itself is worth a visit with some breathtaking photo opportunities. You can combine the entrance ticket with the malta experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

The museum is within Fort St. Elmo, and costs 10 Euro entrance. Worth every cent! After walking some of the walls (where there are great views!), we entered the first of seven museum halls. Each takes you on a step of a timeline stretching from over 5000 years ago up to Malta's accession to the EU in 2004. The Knights,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

The museum had some interesting artifacts and films regarding the history of Malta. They have the actual Gloster Gladiator plane called Faith which was one of Malta's only air defense along with Hope and Charity. Also it has a replica of the George Cross given to the brave Maltese. We thought it was well worth the visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

Room 1 contained artefacts with no description of what they were. Room 2 covered siege of Malta by Ottomans, had 2 different descriptions, one on the walls and one on various multi media displays within the room. Sadly the 2 accounts did not agree totally, e.g. on the numbers of troops on both sides. Not a big deal, but does... More 

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