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Malta at War Museum

Couvre de Porte, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta BRG 1810, Malta
+356 2189 6617
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The Malta at War Museum is located at the original historic entrance of Vittoriosa (Birgu), the older from the Three Cities. It stands to document for posterity the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders endured during the dark days of the Blitz (1940-43). Vittoriosa (Birgu) is the former home to the Royal Navy in the Malta and one of the most bombed places in WW2. This museum combines an attractive exhibition about the Second World War in Malta along with the viewing of an original wartime documentary – ‘Malta G.C.’ and a visit into an underground air raid shelter in which hundreds took refuge during the raids.This attraction has recently undergone a complete remake co-funded by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (72.25%), the Government of Malta (12.75%) and Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna. The result is a new attractive museum spread on nine galleries. Each of these is dedicated to a given aspect of wartime Malta. The museum display is organised in a chronological manner and includes some 10,000 original artefacts connected with the subject. These vary from clothing, weapons, instruments, equipment, printed matter and other large exhibits.The new Malta at War Museum is open daily for visiting between 10.00 and 17.00hrs.
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Couvre de Porte, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta BRG 1810, Malta
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, quite a long walk to museum ( we took the lift up €1 each) then walked down lovely little quaint streets Very interesting visit I learned so much about Malta at war and how it seems every one has invaded this...More

Thank lozzz63Brum
Reviewed 1 week ago

The important thing about Malta in WWII was the courage, endurance and fortitude of the general population. The problem with all the Wirtartna museums is that they celebrate the story of the military, not of the civilians. The only evidence of what the civilians had...More

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Mario F, Owner at Malta at War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

RED_Cyclist, Thank you for your visit and review but it is completely wrong to say that the Malta at War Museum misses to celebrate the courage of the Maltese People because it focuses solely on the military experience. The Malta at War Museum is 80%...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Malta at War Museum in Birgu (one of the three cities near Valletta) far outranks the other WW2 museums in Valletta. The exhibition has a large number of authentic items on display, with clear labeling and loads of interesting texts for deeper information. Audioguides...More

2  Thank Juha K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum was excellent and the audio guide was very informative. It did a fantastic job telling the stories of what Malta endured during the 1940s. The visit at the end through the hand dug tunnels is really powerful and gives a first hand experience...More

Thank TheTravelFishes
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Well presented collection of items recalling the dark days of world war two in Malta.Fully researched details and descriptions of day to day life during this period of the siege of Malta plus analysis of the overall role of Malta during WW2.Includes a unique visit...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Probably the most interesting war museum in Malta, there are several. This museum documents the appalling ordeal suffered by Maltese people during 1940-1943. Laid out in a serious of chambers illustrating daily life and human suffering of its people. Our excellent guide Erica remembers stories...More

Thank peter m
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We visited as part of an organised tour of many of the numerous and varied historic sites on the island. We had a most enjoyable and informative tour, being escorted here by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Erica, who brought so much to life for us...More

Thank Jan D
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The At War Museum is located across the harbor from Valletta where cruise ships dock. A simple ferry or sea taxi gets you there in minutes. The ferry is 2Euros return (.90 for seniors) & includes the lift in Valletta to get to the upper...More

1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Great discovery of an island through its courageous resistance during the Second World War. The underground tunnels, which are only a very small example of what Malta is built on, are remarkable and very reflective of a people used to crawling into caves.

Thank Sylvie F
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Several rooms each telling different aspects of how the Maltese people survived intense Nazi bombing in WW2. Top quality displays and an exciting tour of hand-cut air raid shelters. Erica did a good job guiding 15 Saga visitors through the museum and answering our questions.

Thank revdarthur
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philip f
15 November 2015|
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Response from yulius888 | Property representative |
The top part of the museum is suitable for people with mobility problems, but the Air Raid Shelter, because of its caractheristics, is not for them. But just the part of the museum is amazing enough for a visit. You can... More
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BrianDSmith
10 January 2015|
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Response from Mario F | Property representative |
Thank you for your query. Yes we do have some information on the RWK regiment during WW2 while in Malta. I suggest that you will contact us via our website WIRTARTNA
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