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“Lots of information and interesting exhibits”

The National War Museum
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Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War Tour
Ranked #6 of 87 things to do in Valletta
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
north east scotland
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“Lots of information and interesting exhibits”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Recently refurbished this museum covers Malta's role in WW1 and WW2 in a chronological walk through.
The section on the first war looks at Malta's part as the Hospital for the campaigns in the Meditteranean - including the Dardanelles - the numbers of soldiers passing through the island was huge. The island held some interesting POWs from germany including Rudulph Hess. Lots of guns and uniforms to look at.

Moving on to WW2 the key exhibits include a copy of the George Cross awarded to the island in 1942, the Gloster Sea Gladiator fighter plane Faith ( no wings) and a number of bits of ME109s and Spitfires.

I found some old film footage taken by a soldier during 1942 of people going about their business during some of the heaviest bombing of the war really interesting and it gave me a slight - can you get anymore - of a sense of the conditions suffered during 1942.

The information on the Pedestal convoy from August 1942 is well constructed and to me the highlight of the museum.

I understand the museum is mainly run by volunteers and donations - well done to them all.

Visited February 2013
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“Very informative.”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Great museum. Displays are good laid out in chronogical order making it very easy to follow. Video displays provide further info to cabinet displays, photos and exhibits. Flash photography not permitted but the lighting is sufficient for basic photos. History is not limited to just Malta, there is so much information it's hard to absorb it all in one visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Surpisingly good”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Well laid out and informative with clear labelling and a coherant time trail which tells the story of Malta in two world wars, the years between and since. Very buch better than the collection of miscellaneous artifacts that visits to many other war related museums led us to expect. You can rush around in an hour or so or watch all the videos and take 2 or 3 hours. My wife also enjoyed the visit which was a surprise since this is not really her thing.

Visited January 2013
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“'Faith' and Malta's GC under one roof”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

I just wanted to see the Gladiator fighter, Faith, and Malta's GC medal. But there was so much more to see - which surprised me. It certainly offers a holistic view of what the Maltese had to put up with in both World Wars. The memorabilia were well presented and the explanations very good. A fascinating place to go.

Visited February 2013
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“An interesting visit”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Enjoyed this, there were plenty of interesting things to see, lots of details to find out more, and music playing which added to the experience. Great way to spend an hour or two

Visited February 2013
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