Malta at War Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Couvre Port, Birgu / Vittoriosa

Price guide: Mid-range

one of the tunnels with bunks
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expert-rated things to do in Malta
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Malta at War Museum

A fascinating underground tour through Malta’s Second World War history.

This is not really a museum in the usual sense; it is a large underground shelter that accommodated hundreds of people during the worst Second World War bombings of Malta (which was, until 1944, the most bombed place in Europe). Descend into the seemingly endless corridors, cut from solid rock, to visit the makeshift living quarters, hospital area and tiled birth room. The guides - in British military uniform and speaking English - are excellent and full of information and anecdotes to interest all the family.

Price advice: 

Adults cost 8 euros, students/seniors are 7 euros, and children under 16 are 6 euros. A family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) is available for 22 euros.

Expert tips: 
Don’t miss the introductory film – it is a marvellous propaganda movie made in 1942 on the orders of George VI after he awarded the George Cross for gallantry to the entire population of Malta. It is rousing stuff voiced by Laurence Olivier and is full of documentary images of the effect of the war on Malta.

More information on Malta at War Museum:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Historic site, Museum, Tour
Address:
Couvre Port, Birgu / Vittoriosa
Telephone:
21 225 277 / 21 896 617
Website:
http://www.wirtartna.org/od_menu/MaltaAtWarMuseum/tabid/258/Default.aspx
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tours on the hour between 10am-5pm daily.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor
Free tags / Keywords:
Second World War, bombing, bomb shelter

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