Lascaris War Rooms, Valletta

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#1 of 49 in Museums in Malta
Learn about country's crucial role in World War II at Lascaris War Rooms, where you'll explore the historic complex of rooms and tunnels from which the defense of Malta was conducted. Located 46 m (150 ft) below the Upper Barraca Gardens, this was the site where some of the most famous battles of the Mediterranean were planned. With the end of WWII, the complex became the headquarters of the Royal Navy's Mediterranean Fleet and then a strategic communication center for NATO. Choose between a tour guide or an audio guide, both of which will explain the events that took place here. Learn about the German bombardment of the islands, Malta's critical role in defending North Africa, and why the nation was awarded the George Cross for bravery. Put Lascaris War Rooms on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Valletta trip site .
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  • We attended a guided tour at the Lascaris War Rooms today and and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Steven brought history to life with his explanations of the siege/bombardment of Malta. It’s really...  more »
  • The Lascaris War rooms are fascinating especially if you have an interest in modern history. Taking the tour is a must to get the best out of a visit as otherwise much of what you see may be meaningle...  more »
  • This was one of my highlights in the beautiful Valetta. I went for the guided tour and James was excellent. For a youngish lad he was extremely knowledgeable and delivered the story with compassion. I...  more »
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  • Highly recommended for military history buffs. I took the tour, guided by a professional military historian. See where Ike planned the invasion of Sicily, and learn how the Maltese and British survived a 2-year siege. Do not skip the movie.
  • Not for younger children as very little is interactive but for grown ups it's excellent. A fascinating picture of life in the war complimented by an enthusiastic commentary from Stefan. If you've read Ben MacIntyre's Operation Mincemeat then this a must visit. I also want to compliment the helpful young lady on the reception desk, a great advert for Maltese hospitality.
  • Tour guide was passionate and knowledgeable about war history. His narrative of Malta's participation in WWII was compelling, and evoked empathy and admiration from the audience. Good tour guides are like good teachers; they can tell a piece of history in a way that creates curiosity. Children/families and students on break shouldn't miss this!
  • You wouldn't think it but this was, hands down one of the best highlights of my trip to Malta. However I must stress that you will only get the most out of this place by taking the guided tour. My tour was given by an extremely knowledgeable man called Steve. He truly transformed my visit from a simple walk around the objects on show to an in-depth experience on how pivotal Malta was in the second world war. Each room is explored and it's time explained and the rich history shines throughout. Highly recommended!
  • I visit here every time I'm in Malta as they are still opening up more of the rooms. This time round the tour guide was amazingly good and set the scene in almost graphic detail of how the war in Scilly panned out. I believe there is still a ticket option to gain entry to multiple sites which is even better value
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