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Malta's richest collection of WW2 memorablia under one roof

The Malta at War Museum documents Malta's heroic epic during the Second World War. Between 1940 and 1943, the Island sustained a relentless siege by the combined Italian and German air forces stationed in Sicily. Throughout this dark period, 15,000 tons of bombs were dropped on Malta during 3,343 air raids which lasted 2,357 hours. 1,581 civilian were killed and 3,781 injured while 7,500 servicemen were killed defending or supplying the Island. Roughly 40% of its buildings were destroyed or damaged. In return, Malta's defences destroyed 532 enemy raiders and was responsible from the sinking of 390,660 tons of Axis shipping which completely crippled Axis supply lines between Europe to North Africa making the Allied Victory at El Alamein in 1942 possible.

In telling this story, the Malta at War Museum does not limit itself to the military aspect of the siege but also focuses on its social dimension explaining in every detail how the Maltese and British families survived the war. This is made possible through a combination of period memorabilia some of which can only be seen in this museum, period film footage, evocative audios  and above all attractive and easy to follow interpretation.

The museum is housed at ground level in a former guardhouse part of the original 17th century Vittoriosa's (Birgu) land front fortifications. It stands over a vast rock-hewn wartime air raid shelter which offered protection to hundreds of families and individuals in the Second World War. Between them, the museum and shelter provide a unique glimpse into what daily-life was like in wartime Malta.



Monday - Saturday 10:00-16:30
Last admission at 16:00

(Except on 24,25 and 31 Dec, 1 Jan, Good Friday and Easter)

Malta at War Museum, Couvre Porte, BRG1810, Vittoriosa, Malta
Members: FREE
Adult (16+ years old): €14
Senior: €12
Family (2 Adults & 3 Children u/16 yrs old): €28
Child (5-15 years old): €7

Entrance Fees (incl. guided tour & audio-guide)

Delve deeper into the fascinating history of the Malta at War Museum and uncover the stories that shaped this iconic landmark 


Originals tools used to break and carve the bedrock at the Malta at War Museum

Take a guided tour of the museum & its underlying  air raid shelter 

A visit to the Malta at War Museum consists of two parts - the above ground museum with nine galleries and the original Malta GC film to view, followed by a vast  air raid shelter underneath to explore. The air raid shelter was originally constructed by the police in 1940 but later evolved into a veritable small underground village in which a significant part of Birgu's population lived during the war. It includes communal dormitories, a surgery, a birth-room and numerous private cubicles all interlinked by a maze of tunnels. 

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Opening Hours

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+356 21896617

Mon - Sat

10:00 am - 04:30 pm
(Except on 24,25 and 31 Dec, 1 Jan, Good Friday and Easter)




The Malta at War Museum is located within the 18th-century Couvre Porte Barracks, an integral part of the historic three-gated entrance into Vittoriosa and one of the Three Cottonera Cities. Situated just a stone's throw away from the main Bus Station and the Harbour Ferry to Cottonera, visitors can easily find their way by following directional signs

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After you've been to the museum, we suggest checking out FORT RINELLA and the World's Largest Cannon, the 17.72-inch Armstrong 100-ton Rifled Muzzle Loading gun.

The fort is open on Saturdays from 10:00 to 16:30. You can take bus no.3 directly to the fort in Kalkara.

There's lots to discover, and for an extra experience, you can even try shooting a rifle— the Martini-Henry rifle.

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