The 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 The 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. Arrange to visit The National War Museum and other attractions in Valletta using our Valletta travel route planner.
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  • fantastic Museum in a spectacular location, the fort st. Elmo is wonderful and the atmosphere makes it really good jump back in history. several rooms for many historical periods experienced between the wars on this magnificent island. I was pleasantly surprised by the large amount of historical artifacts of World War II and the many screens that tell the history of actions taken during World War 2.
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  • Seeing Malta's George Cross is probably the highlight of the museum. Although it is - on the surface - just a medal in a glass case, the bravery it stands for and what it means to the people of Malta ...  more »
  • I didn't want to do it at first but we have extra time and I'm glad we did ! The fort in itself is worth the visit. The exhibition explains Malta's history and it is very well explained, very entertai...  more »
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  • It was interesting. Section 7 was closed for renovations and around 80% of the whole fort is closed for staff only. I think it would be really cool if you could explore all of it. Cost of 10€ seems good since you are in it for a while then.
  • A brilliant display of Malta's was history... amazing location, great views, lovely relics and stories of this marvelous place.... highly recommended.
  • Such a great place to walk around and take in the history. It's very quite which is nice and the descriptions of the events very well laid out.
  • Great place lovely to walk around and learn about the military history of malta from the knights of st john right up to modern day including the fact the cold war ended in a conference centre/theatre on malta
  • We arrived at 4:59pm due to the Google Maps listing showing a closing time of 6pm. We found out from a rude staff that we shouldn’t trust “google” as anybody can change things there, which is not true by the way. I’ll leave this review as a token of poor manners of staff to tourists asking for information.

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Where to stay in Valletta

The small city of Valetta offers fewer lodging options than some of Malta's larger cities, but accommodations include everything from upscale hotels to less-expensive guesthouses. Stay in the city center at one of several old-fashioned hotels to be in close proximity to sights like St. Johns Co-Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, multiple museums, and a wide variety of restaurants. One fun option involves renting traditional Valletta houses that have been converted into rental properties and date back to the time of the Knights of Malta. Smaller bed and breakfasts are dispersed throughout the city. Book well in advance to avoid high prices.
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