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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. Put The National War Museum and other Valletta attractions into our Valletta trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Well presented and in a fascinating location. This museum is located inside the fort of St Elmo. It covers Maltese history from the earliest people and has extensive presentations of the wars with the...  more »
  • We walked from the Valletta bus terminal because the 133 bus going to the museum only departed once an hour on a Sunday but it was quite far and it was a hot day. We walked for around 25 mins along th...  more »
  • Visit with two young adolescent. - Place is rebuilt as it has to be - exhibitions looks like as they have to - interaction is available as it has to be The first museum in Malta where I felt that we a...  more »
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  • Very interesting place. There is a lot to learn about Malta's history during the past centuries. Very good exhibition with many audio visual elements. Entrance fee is rather moderate.
  • Very nice and well done museum to go through. It takes 1-2 hours to see everything, and I was pleased with the quality of the content and information provided.
  • Overpriced compared to fort St. Angelo. Kept getting asked by employees to show my ticket to prove I paid to get into the museum, which I had. There are many interesting areas not under refurbishment which are simply roped off and blocked from public access. That being said, the national war museum is interesting and the exhibits are well done. The views from the fort are great as well.
  • You can see much more museum than fort - but anyway not so bad.
  • Very impressive and well arranged museum of Malta history. All the way from ancient times, through The Great Siege, World War 2 to modern times and ascention to EU. Must visit place if you wish to learn about Malta history.

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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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