Malta at War Museum

Malta at War Museum, Birgu (Vittoriosa)

Malta at War Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Malta at War Museum is located at the original historic entrance of Vittoriosa (Birgu), the older from the Three Cities. It stands to document for posterity the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders endured during the dark days of the Blitz (1940-43). Vittoriosa (Birgu) is the former home to the Royal Navy in the Malta and one of the most bombed places in WW2. This museum combines an attractive exhibition about the Second World War in Malta along with the viewing of an original wartime documentary – ‘Malta G.C.’ and a visit into an underground air raid shelter in which hundreds took refuge during the raids.This attraction has recently undergone a complete remake co-funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (72.25%), the Government of Malta (12.75%) and Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna. The result is a new attractive museum spread on nine galleries. Each of these is dedicated to a given aspect of wartime Malta. The museum display is organised in a chronological manner and includes some 10,000 original artefacts connected with the subject. These vary from clothing, weapons, instruments, equipment, printed matter and other large exhibits.The new Malta at War Museum is open daily for visiting between 10.00 and 17.00hrs.
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Stuart C
10 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This was an absolute find. It was brilliant and I saw many Pathe Newsreels I hadn't seen before including Malta GC. We were there ages for what is such a small museum and the shop had some good stuff reasonably priced sonI spent some extra money there. I think charging to use the toilets is a little bit mean but everything else was fantastic and you should go.
Written March 31, 2022
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Alena
Province of Turin, Italy7 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
It contains a lot of items that tell about the life of Maltese before, during and after the war. The air raid shelters were really impressive for me. Very difficult conditions in which people had to live, but thanks to which Malta relatively was able to avoid many victims. You can take an audio guide for free, or if you are as lucky as I am, you will be given a free private tour by Nicholas, a very knowledgeable young man who is passionate about Maltese history.
Written May 9, 2022
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Scot60
Dundee, UK14 contributions
Nov 2021
This is a great museum and well worth visiting. However, couple of things to keep in mind: the public toilet (costs 50 cents) is controlled by the museum staff. So, if you get out of the museum before 16.30, it’s fine but after that your money is no good. It would be good if the museum would state very clearly when visitors are expected to be out rather than the staff having to hunt everyone down and tell them individually. A public announcement system might make it easier to everyone.
Written November 12, 2021
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Lorraine R
12 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
The museum was good and very interesting including the film, but more warnings and better signage are needed for the air raid shelter.

The shelters ARE very interesting but the system is very big and it is easy to lose track of where you are, by the end I was desperate to find the way out. Might feel better with more people but with very few visitors I began to wonder if we would ever find the exit.

Other reviewers have said, and I will too, use a hard hat some ceilings are very low. As we walked along one bit all I could hear was other half's hat hitting the roof over and over again!
Written February 26, 2022
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Syd B
Toronto, Canada38 contributions
Feb 2020
We really enjoyed our visit to this museum - the story of WW 2 from a civilian perspective was especially interesting. Going down into the Bomb Shelter was a very enlightening experience. Everything is very well presented and explained. Our guide, Ella, was excellent, full of knowledge and very pleasant - the time with her well worth it. This museum doesn't get government support so we were very happy to contribute - we would not hesitate to recommend a visit to others spending time in Malta.
Written March 21, 2020
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Steph R
Durham, UK413 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited the war museum which was understandably not busy for the season. In fact we were the only people there. We arrived in time for a tour and were shown around by Camilla who was very knowledgable and informative. We were keen to see the George Cross but disappointed that it is only a replica. The location of the real George across is apparently unknown! That said, the exhibits were many and well curated. The underground air raid shelter was authentic and fascinating.

We would certainly recommend a visit, especially during such times when the museum is struggling to maintain revenue.
Written September 5, 2020
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nicky24
Winchcombe, UK20 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
We stayed at Bugibba and went on a war tour which included a visit here. It was very interesting and 8 especially liked going into the air raid shelter. The tour was really for my husband but I found this pretty amazing and the guide at the museum was very good and extremely clear in what she told us.
Written September 8, 2021
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babypulc
Milan, Italy69 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
The museum its not huge but very interesting. We visited the saint elmo's Fort first, so this museum helped us to understand more and better what we saw. The are some rooms with pretty accurate descriptions and interesting finds, but the best are the bomb shelters underground. A special mention for the vey kind staff. The girl at the desk when we asked about the guided tour, offered to give us one for free. Don't expect it to be normal, because the museum was (sadly) empty so she could care about us more, but still we appreciate it a lot. Malta has such a long, various and interesting story. Move your feet to the museums!
Written June 26, 2021
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DUHCAR
Toronto, Canada292 contributions
Feb 2022
Very complete documentation of WWIi, including the politics and events leading up to it. Learned many details of the time. The videos, exhibits and audio guide presented a complete picture as far as I was concerned. I highly recommend it to folks that want to get an in depth coverage of those times. You could breeze through in an hour, but it really deserves a few hours of your time.
Written February 9, 2022
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Terry Wish
7 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I there folks on my holiday I visited the museum and was given a tour around the building by a woman named Ellie who was very clued up on her job has we toured each and every room she educated us on how it was to be a person in the war and how it wasn't the war that killed most people back then but the rationing of food and other items. Ellie went on to inform us you only had 8 minutes to get to the shelter and you could be there for several days at a time. I then took on the hard hat challenge and went down to the actual shelter banging my head several times as I explored the small passageways that people had no choice but to make it their home. Well done Ellie for a wonderful tour of such an amazing building
Written February 12, 2020
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