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

Malta's history as told through their wars and conflicts. Some very good films, all information is translated to English, lots of interest here, some rate objects. Some parts of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Malta's history as told through their wars and conflicts. Some very good films, all information is translated to English, lots of interest here, some rate objects. Some parts of the museum are not yet complete.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a relatively new attraction in Valletta. All periods of maltese history are covered but the main concentration is on the two great sieges of 1565 when the island was beseiged by 40,000 ottoman turks and 1940-42 when the island was virtually bombed to a standstill by the nazi war machine. The exhibits are there for you to enjoy... More 

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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to see in terms of exhibits and the setting is really impressive . Worth getting a Valletta heritage card although do note that the state rooms are closed at the Grand masters palace

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Valletta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe because I was in the Malta Armed Forces and maybe because my parents and their parents lived and risked their lives for us who are living to-day which make me attached to this place. I used to live very near this War Museum but when I was a kid never realized the treasures hidden in there. Now forming part... More 

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Thank Paul M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place taking you back to the 1400s and the Knights endeavours right through to the Second World War. I now appreciate what the people of Malta went through, particularly during WW2. The story of Ohio and the operation to bring food and supplies to the island brought me to tears.

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Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good a lot to see very interesting to see Maltas involvement in the Second World War but has artifacts from all stages of their history and the fort itself has some great views of the bay well worth a visit

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Thank AlleyColin
Island of Malta, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit this museum on various occasions at it's really beautiful, if you love war history it's the place to go. Cheap entrance and many thing to see.

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Hessle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National War Museum is set inside various buildings at Fort St Elmo (another review). Each of the buildings takes you through the different ages of the history of Malta in chronological order from the bronze-age and Napoleonic times to the more modern history. I found some of the early exhibitions quite a little boring at times but it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is housed in an old naval hospital which was in turn housed in an old fortress - St Elmo's castle. The museum is well set out with a goodself guided tour - just follow the numbers 1, 2, 3 etc

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

my husband and I really found this very interesting and was surprised how much Malta suffered during the war.

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