Places of interest in Malta The National War Museum: One of the most visited museums in Malta!
The National War Museum: One of the most visited museums in Malta!
The National War Museum in Valletta, is rated as one of the top places of interest in Malta. In fact, it’s one of the most visited from all museums in Malta.
The War Museum essentially depicts what Malta and its people went through during World War II and the important role that the island played during the war.
However, the museum has several items on display from the First World War too. Moreover, it has an annex which focuses on the two years of French Occupation on the Maltese islands (from 1798 till 1800).
The museum was opened in 1975 to compliment the Palace Armoury. The armoury displays countless military items from the Knights of Malta period. The Armoury is another top favourite from all places of interest in Malta.
The National War Museum is made of a large vaulted hall, 2 long annexes and 3 smaller rooms.
The museum is situated in Lower St. Elmo, facing Marsamxett Harbour. St. Elmo played very important roles in the history of Malta, especially during the Siege of Mala and also during World War II.
One of the long annexes is dedicated to the Royal Navy. So here, you will get to see various uniforms, equipment, armaments, relics, sections of aircrafts, instruments, etc.
Another interesting feature of this Valletta museum are the photographic panels which depict the extremely harsh conditions that the Maltese people had to endure during the war.
Through the photos you will also be able to see the amount of war damage that was suffered between 1940 and 1943.
In this Malta museum, you can also see many impressive awards and decorations which were awarded during the war to Maltese servicemen and also civilians, for their acts of bravery.
Many interesting exhibits are on display in the main hall.
Some of the main attractions of this museum, include a jeep Husky which was used by General Eisenhower during his visit to Malta, a Gloster Gladiator biplane called Faith (the only survivor of three biplanes which defended the islands bravely in 1939) and wreckage of a Spitfire and a Messerschmitt Me-109 fighter aircraft. These last two were recovered from the sea!
The highlight of the museum (especially for Maltese people) is the George Cross Medal. This medal was awarded in 1942. And get this, it was awarded to the whole population of Malta!
Take any bus to Valletta. For bus routes and timetables information, visit www.arriva.com.mt. If you're stopping at City Gate, walk to the bottom of Republic Street. The building across the road is Fort St. Elmo and the War Museum is located in this building. You can also take the Valletta Circular Bus that takes you to Fort St. Elmo.
If you’re hiring a car, drive to Valletta. When you get to Valletta, drive along the ring road. About half way through, you can see the fort at the tip of the peninsula.
National War Museum
Location: St. Sebastian’s Spur, Fort St. Elmo complex, Valletta, Malta
Tel: 2122 2430
Opening Hours: Daily – 9.00am to 5.00pm. The National War Museum is closed on the 24, 25 and 31 December, 1 January and Good Friday.
Admission Fee: Euro 6.00 (Discounts apply for students and senior citizens).
Interested in learning more about other places of interest in Malta? Visit our Top Attractions in Malta page for more information.