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The National War Museum
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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.
Aldershot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

I do like history in any country but Malta history means a lot to the Brits and the war museum in Valletta brings into perspective what this country went through during the war. I loved this museum and would say its a place you should visit when in Malta young or old.

Visited July 2014
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“Worth the walk to find it!”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This site is not located centrally, so it will be a walk, which is definitely worth it. And then finding the entrance (which is small) provides the next challenge. After facing those small things, you can spend hours learning about why the Maltese people received the George Cross! Their stories are well told by this excellent museum.

Visited June 2014
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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“Well laid out.”
Reviewed July 25, 2014

We entered this cool museum and had a slow look round. Its well laid out, with the years written on the floor, so you follow know what period of war history you are at. a few disappointing empty cabinets, but plenty to read about and still plenty of exhibits.

Visited July 2014
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Being such a melting pot, the maltese war museum is like an international war museum, since it has weaponry and battle suits form all over the world.

Visited July 2014
Thank Ana D
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Gdansk, Poland
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“Full of information”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

I visited this museum having previously read a lot on Maltese history, and thinking I knew almost everything. However this museum was full of even more information, the displays were informative and easy to read, although they did contain a lot of information so maybe less good for younger people. There were a good number of physical exhibits, and many of these were unique to the island, for example the Gloster Gladiator plane.

Visited July 2014
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