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“WWII in Detail”

The National War Museum
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Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War Tour
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Ranked #7 of 89 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.
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“WWII in Detail”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Wonderful museum. Excellent exhibits and well explained. Gives excellent account of WWII in general and the Maltese experience. Lots of old documents, weapons, vehicles etc on display - plus Malta's George Cross.

Visited July 2013
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“Small but comprehensive”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Set within the harbours defensive walls, an excellent little museum that was well though out and presented. Displays follow a timeline with lots of original exhibits (boats, planes and vehicles) from each era.
certainly made you feel proud of the troops and islanders during their defense in WW2

Visited April 2013
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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“marvellous museum”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

most interesting and thought provoking visit well worth the admission fee, a must for any history buff

Visited July 2013
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“Loads to see!”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

This museum is located in an old fort in Valletta.
It's a rabbit warren of rooms all full of historic memorabilia mostly regarding the 1939 - 1945 war
There are uniforms/planes and engines/ vehicles / weapons/and just thousands of bits and pieces regarding the Islands wartime history.
It was well worth the visit but there's so much to see it would be impossible to take it all in.
Everything is neatly labelled so take your specs!
If it's too hot outside then get in the cool of this museum for a couple of hours.

Visited June 2013
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Stratford Upon Avon
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Very informative and interesting exhibition. Don't miss the drawers beneath the display cabinets at exit point. They are filled with medals and the details of whom they were awarded to - very emotional and humbling experience.

Visited July 2013
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