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The National War Museum

| Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
+356 2123 3088
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Fort St Elmo, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1741, Malta
+356 2123 3088
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an interesting place, and the way they have told the story of malta under siege in WW2 is really really great. For me the highlight was seeing the George Cross Medal, which was given to the people of Malta after the war. Fascinating...More

Thank Bev S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Covers the history of Malta, from pre-historic to modern day, not just covering wars but also independance and joining the E U. However, the largest part is indeed the battles that helped form Malta. From the Knights, to Napoleon through British rule and two world...More

Thank lirioblanco
Reviewed 5 days ago

There seem to be few periods in history when Malta was not involved in some War. I approached the museum knowing something about the Knights of St. John at Malta and the terrible bashing it took during WW2. I came out knowing so much more....More

1  Thank NewLondonComment
Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum was fascinating and tells a story of how the local people continued to work together, strengthen community and ultimately give so much. Incredible easily absorbed information on the larger context of war while also telling the local story.

Thank cc1Canada
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of well presented information about Valletta's turbulent history. Some areas were closed off though.

Thank Andy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see about Maltas struggle in WW11 this has been recently restored and has lots to see well worth the visit

Thank theweehen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We weren’t sure if we would be able to get in to this attraction - we were told it was closed for extensive renovation. It’s open now and worth a visit. It’s a very structured visit to just a fraction of what looks like a...More

Thank robjhar1958
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expect to spend at least 2 -3 hours here, the museum charts the history of conflict in Malta from the Great Siege through both World Wars and up to Malta joining the EU in 2004. Well worth visiting.

Thank HF123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is really the only way to explore Fort St Elmo which is the spiritual heart of Valletta and consequently of Malta. The exhibits are quite thorough in covering the islands' history from the Knights through WWII. There is token coverage before the Knights,...More

1  Thank SteveDan45
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to find out about Malta's War history. Well worth a visit. Very detailed in every way.

Thank Liz H
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26 June 2017|
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Response from Nick P | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure, I didn't see it although I wasn't looking it either. Have you tried the web site?
17 February 2017|
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Response from Pam R | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for the delay. I don't recall anything but you could always contact the museum. I know they would be very helpful.
Duncan M
28 June 2016|
Response from Airedale-Burradoo | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Duncan, St Andrew's Barracks wasn't described to us, but there has been such a huge amount of EU money spent there in the last 20 years, you may find what you're looking for - restored or re-named. I didn't notice... More