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Address: Fort St Elmo | Triq il-Mediterran, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
Phone Number: 35621233088
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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Boring at first but stick it out

This attraction is not very easy to find but once you have found it, it is well worth the 10 euros entry fee. I was totally bored at the beginning and wondered what I had got... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This attraction is not very easy to find but once you have found it, it is well worth the 10 euros entry fee. I was totally bored at the beginning and wondered what I had got myself into but please stick it out as the views alone are worth it. Once you get through the 16th century history which I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We only had time to visit one museum in Valletta and were very glad we chose this one! It's based inside Fort Elmo itself, so a great chance to see that, while getting a comprehensive history of Malta. There are 6 rooms with info about various different periods, from prehistoric times to recent history. The sections on the era of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fuel up before you decide to walk around here as only vending machines on site and it's very tiring wandering around. Good exhibits though and worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is so interesting, taking in Malta's military history and including World Wars One and Two. |The displays have been well thought out and there is a lot to look at. The highlight for my Husband and me was looking at the George Cross awarded to the Island by King George VI in 1942,( and his accompanying message from... More 

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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I thought it would be just be on WWII but it dates back to the 1600's. It was really cleverly displayed as you walked through the museum on a journey and I learned such a lot of interesting things about the history of Malta and of Europe. I'm not crazy about taking in too much history, but this was well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The museum is in Ft St Elmo. It is divided between different buildings so you get to go through the Fort while walking from exhibit to exhibit. It is well planned and I found it far more interesting than I expected. Close to the Malta Experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Each of the bunkers in the fort are filled with a different era of warfare affecting Malta. The repeated sieges of the Turks, Napoleon, and World War I and II, each have a separate room.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great on the histories of the two major sieges. the visual displays of the 1556 and Operation Pedestal are very good. The timelines for Christendom, the Ottomans and the Knights of St John are very informative. A nice collection of artefacts, including one of the Gladiators that provided air defence in the early days of WWII and the George Cross... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

10 Euros PP for entry, this museum set in Fort St elmo (one of the bastions during the great ottoman siege) on the tip on Valletta. The museum chronologically presents the war stories from the bronze age to present day including the ottoman/christian conflict and the 2nd world war. The stories themselves are well told, some with projected videos onto... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We missed this last year, but so glad we came this time. There was a spiritual chapel, inspiring parade ground. We felt we were given a personal account of the significant military events that shaped Malta's history and military importance. The audiovisual presentations were of the top order, a superb example of modern museum exhibition and information resource- highly recommended.

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