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The National War Museum
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Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War Tour
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Valletta World War II Private Walking Tour
Ranked #7 of 92 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.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

This museum will bring sad memories to some who experienced the 2 world wars. It's got some interesting exhibits with information. It looks packed up with exhibits and as if it needs to be transferred to some other place as I'm sure there must be much more exhibits to add to it. You will need about 1 hour to view this museum properly.

Thank geomang
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a lot smaller than I was led to believe. The bloke at the entrance just said "6 euros and no flash photography". A "thank you" after taking my money would have been nice. A map/plan of the museum would have been even better, that way I wouldn't have gone from 1941 to 1943, missing out the crucial year of 1942. The only unique items on display were "Faith" (minus her wings), the original GC and citation, and the name board from the SS Ohio. Everything else you could find in any military museum, and a lot of it you wondered why it was there.
To be frank, it is no better than one of the many regimental museums up and down Britain, and compares unfavourably with most of those.

Thank Dean S
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Steven C, Manager at The National War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2013

Dear Sir ,

The Museum you have been to is the National War Museum in Valletta .
This page is about the Malta at War Museum in Vittoriosa .

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

A great place to learn about a heroic piece of WWII history. Combine this with a trip to the catacombs in Mdina, to get a feel of the underground shelters. This museum is easy to find. Just walk towards Ft. St. Elmo. The museum is next to the fort. Part of the Heritage Malta Multisite pass.

Thank ProdigalSonReturns
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

I really wanted to see this museum and learn about the Maltese experience during World War II. The Museum is good if you are a military buff who wants to look a big guns and know the names of boats that were involved, but it lacks a bit of the everyman experience.

The music from one display blurred into another and I found the layout (oddly) difficult to understand (despite the dates on the floor).

It's worth a quick visit but was a little disappointing.

Thank Smigiggles
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

the museum was great seen all the costumes that they wore during the war periods from men in armour to recent dress you can spend quite a while in here as there is so much to see

Thank alan w
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