National War Museum
Attractions - Museums
Tel: +356 21 222430 | Lower Fort St Elmo, Spur Street, Valletta, Malta. VLT 1741
The National War Museum is located in the building known as the old Drill Hall of Lower Fort St Elmo, Valletta. The museum’s collection on display focuses on the two World Wars (1914-18 and 1939-45).
It recounts the story of the events which led to the two wars, their development and major actions, and also their consequences, locally and abroad. Special reference is made to the role of Malta in the theatre of war and the contribution of the Maltese population to the war effort, especially during the incredibly difficult conditions of 1942 and a memorial dedicated to those who sacrificed themselves for Malta’s freedom.
Currently the NWM has a small exhibition about the Phoney War (October 1939-April 1940), sinking of famous ships in the Atlantic from September to December 1939 and dropping of propaganda leaflets on Germany, the effect of the Contraband Control Service in the Mediterranean (September-June 1940) the immediate internment of Austrian and German citizens (September 1939-July 1940) and the loss of Maltese ratings on HMS Royal Oak.