Fort St Elmo - National War Museum, Valletta

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Learn more about Malta's role as a war fortress over the years, as well as the contributions of the local population to the war efforts of World War I and World War II, at Fort St Elmo - National War Museum. The museum sits within the iconic Fort St. Elmo and recounts the actions that led to the two wars and it highlights their local and global consequences. The museum also includes exhibitions detailing military history starting from 1798. Artifacts on display include old uniforms, medals, road signs, and munitions, as well as original footage and photos. Be sure to see the rare George Cross, awarded to Malta as a symbol of their brave resistance to the Nazi bombings, and the fuselage of the last remaining Gloster Sea Gladiator FAITH airplane. By using our Valletta trip itinerary planning website, you can arrange your visit to Fort St Elmo - National War Museum and other attractions in Valletta.
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  • Comprehensive museum about the War in Malta, since Medieval times up to WWII. The open part of the fort is not so extensive, but you need around 2h to go through all the rooms.  more »
  • Particularly poignant because my father was in Malta during the war. Loved visiting this place and reading about its history. Remarkable buildings and great views. Was particularly nice to visit...  more »
  • We visited this fantastic museum and grounds. It took us ages and was rather confusing sometimes as some of the directions are a bit higgledy piggledy. It is very windy on the battlements but wow...  more »
  • This is at Fort St.Elmo, which itself has beautiful views. I loved the museum, especially getting to see the real George Cross awarded to Malta in WW2. Very interesting and well worth a visit, though a lot of reading of boards, so little ones might find it a bit boring. Malta has a rich history, much of which has seen various invaders fighting over it for it's strategic position - I never knew how influential a position it held in world history. Highly recommended.
  • A brilliantly comprehensive history of Malta housed in an old naval fort that manages to be both imposing and beautiful. A short walk from Valletta's centre and a direct run from the city gate. Definitely check this out when you visit if even just for the stunning vistas its bastions provide.
  • The surrounding view was amazing. It was a very interesting and informative place. Wasn't too expensive either, just 10€😊
  • It is hard to tell Malta history without world history. Taking that into consideration that is one of the best museums I’ve ever visited. The curation, narrative and display is amazing. I spent 3 hours and rushed through the WWII section. Good education for kids from 5+
  • February is an awesome time to visit this phenomenal fortress/museum. I had the place essentially to myself, but the warm weather made walks between galleries lovely. Great for any age, provided they are mobile.

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