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National War Museum

Located in Fort St. Elmo, Valletta, the National War Museum is one of the most popular museums in Malta. The building itself was once a powder magazine and was later converted into an armoury in 1853. During World War II the building was used to train anti-aircraft crews. First opened in 1975, the museum has since gone through a complete refurbishment in 2015.

The museum hosts one of the finest collections of memorabilia from World War II and Malta's military past. Browse the large collection of photographic panels showing the difficult conditions in Malta during World War II. These depictions capture the extent of the war damage and living conditions endured by the Maltese during these harsh years.

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jeep at the national war museum

Each area of the museum is dedicated to different sections of the armed forces. Among the exhibits are an Italian E-Boat, a Gloster Gladiator, anti-aircraft guns and the famous George Cross awarded to Malta by King George VI. Included are awards to servicemen and civilians, which is a testament to their bravery during the war.

The air hall houses exhibits that include a section of a Spitfire aircraft, a Messerschmitt wing and other items related to the air war in Malta. Special sections also show the story of famous Maltese convoys during World War II. You will also find displays dedicated to the Royal Navy, with military insignia, uniforms and equipment.

The museum collection also contains wreckage from aircraft that crashed during the war. Other items include captured German machine guns, a torpedo and various other weapons. A Willy's Jeep, "Husky", used by Eisenhower and again by Roosevelt while visiting Malta is also on display here.

  • Summer Opening Hours (Apr 1st - Sept 30th), Mon to Sun : 09:00 - 18:00 hrs
  • Winter Opening Hours (Oct 1st - Mar 31st), Mon to Sun : 09:00 - 17:00 hrs
  • Closed on Good Friday, 24th & 25th Dec and 31st Dec - 1st Jan
  • For more information about the National War Museum visit the website here
  • Adult (18-59 yrs) : €10.00
  • Youth: (12-17 yrs) : €7.50
  • Students & Senior Citizens: €7.50
  • Children (6-11 yrs) : €5.50, Infants: FREE
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