National War Museum Tours

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National War Museum
The 16th-century, star-shaped Fort St Elmo stands at the northeastern tip of Valletta's fortifications and has been extensively renovated, now hosting Malta's National War Museum. Showcasing centuries of Maltese history from the Bronze Age right through to Malta joining the European Union, the museum makes clever use of video clips, interactive exhibits and colorful multimedia displays to enliven and simplify its story.

Each of the seven chronological displays is introduced through a short movie providing historical context for travelers before they move through each vital stage in the island's history. Numbered rooms showcase the medieval armor of the Knights of St John, who ruled Malta from 1530 until 1798; the Great Siege by the Turkish Ottoman Empire in 1565; the arrival of the English in 1800 and Malta's pivotal role in both world wars.

A museum highlight is the extensive World War II collection, which includes guns, heavy weapons, military vehicles, tanks, airplanes, gas masks and Nazi uniforms. Flickering black-and-white films highlight the 1940s Maltese struggle against constant German aerial bombardment, while the George Cross medal for bravery presented to the entire island by King George VI of England is exhibited along with the presentation letter signed by the king.

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Fort St Elmo is set in a pedestrianized area of the city, but there is designated parking outside the City Gate. The National War Museum is open daily from 9am to 6pm, and admission costs €10 for adults, €7.50 for seniors, students and children between the ages of 12 and 17. Young children between 6 and 11 enter for €5.50. All exhibits are clearly labeled in several languages.
Address: Fort St Elmo, Valletta VLT1741, Malta
Hours: Daily 9am–6pm
Admission: €10
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Vittoriosa and Valletta Full Day Second World War Tour

Step into Malta’s Second World War history on a full-day tour of wartime sites in Vittoriosa and Valletta. Explore fortifications and a maze of air raid shelters, see a former British military base, and take in artifacts from the era in the National War Museum. Along the way you'll find out how the British came to Malta, and why Rommel believed that Malta was the key to controlling North Africa. This full-day wartime Malta tour includes all entrance fees, with pickup and drop-off at selected hotels.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Valletta World War II Private Walking Tour

Learn about Malta’s bravery during World War II on this 3-hour private Valletta walking tour. Visit key sites and monuments associated with the 1940-42 Axis bombardment, including the poignant Siege Bell monument. Learn about the tunnels and community kitchens established in Valletta, and discover how locals maintained their daily lives. Hear about events like the Illustrious Blitz, and visit the National War Museum for additional insight into the island's wartime struggles.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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