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“Home of The George Cross”

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 91 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 21, 2014

This was a lovely little museum and seeing The George Cross was something I had always wanted to do. The only criticism of this museum was that there were not enough personal stories from the people from Malta from during the bombing. There probably was not much you could have just read in a text book. In saying that, we still enjoyed it.

Thank KateThorp
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Not too easy to find but once got there lots to look at. Good displays with comprehensive information.

Not many staff around to ask questions but as all displays had good information boards wasn't a problem. Loos on site. If you are claustrophobic then might not be the best place as quite dark in some areas and a definite feeling of being enclosed and a bit airless.

Thank debw23
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

I have to admit to having tears in my eyes at a few points in this compact museum. The Maltese people suffered horribly during the WW11 and the museum details things very clearly.

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Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our second visit to this museum, but a first for friends of ours. It really is a must if you are in Valletta. It is so well planned and laid out. You are following chronological arrows on the floor, which takes you through and along exhibits; so much excellent information and really well presented. It really came home to me just how much the people of Malta suffered during the war. The George Cross that the island was presented with is on display. Very moving, superb.

Thank Yvonnedate
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

The museum is in Fort St Elmo at the end tip of Valetta.
Very well done presentation of the lead-up to WW1 and then a year-by-year walk through to the end of WW2, with a particular emphasis on the role played by Malta and its people.

Thank beaverishintensity
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