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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 90 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 May 15, 2013

Do not like arms too much, but seeing the armory and costumes was fascinating. The design of the displays is very well done.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

A well laid out and interesting museum which uses a timeline to describe how Malta was affected by world war ii. We found it a moving visit and well worth the entrance fee.

Thank Mike F
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Liked to see some of the exhibits that were from WWI and WWII, but unfortunately there were many exhibits that were either not labelledor worse still incorrectly labelled, which even my partner who know only a few basic things about military weapons and militaria etc, remarked to me that she was very disappointed at the lack of information or wrong, and had I not been able to tell her about a number of items she would not have had a clue asto what they were, or their place/time in history.
Lots of money has obviously been spent on exhibiting items in the museum but a number of items were very hard to get a clear look at and photograph due to their position or glass making photography of certain items almost impossible.
Whilst applauding the saving of many militray items the museum lets itself down by what seems to be the lack of research by those who run it.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

This is a really interesting museum. Lots of information, both written and pictorial.I hadn't realised that Malta was involved in World War 1.A little treasure trove of information,really do visit.

Thank Angela4742
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

absolutely loved this place. Really informative and always nice to hear another country's point of view on the war and their input and experiences. Lots of school trips and really good informative for them if they are shown around and not just left to it. Toilets smelt a little at the back of the museum but to be honest at first I thought it was all part of the experience because I was learning about trenches. Shame it shut at 5pm and we had a guy behind us at 4.50pm going "c'mon out not closing time"
All in all a good visit!!!

Thank helenar0se
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