Malta at War Museum

The Malta at War Museum (MAW) is located at Couvre Porte, Vittoriosa (Birgu). The museum stands to document the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders have endured during the dark days of the Malta Blitz (1940-43) in WW2.

The museum is housed in an 18th century army barracks which served as a police station and air raid precautions centre during the war. It sits on top of a massive underground rock-cut air raid shelter which offered refuge to hundreds of people. This shelter has been restored and forms part of the museum experience.

The MAW offers a rich collection of period artefacts and memorabilia ranging from personal items, documents, medals, uniforms and weaponry. It also features numerous period newsreels and sounds, hands-on interpretation and multilingual audio-guides.

At this museum, one can also watch the first documentary ever made on the island ‘Malta G.C.’ This short film was released by the Crown Film Unit in January 1943 on the initiative of King George VI who wished all his subjects to witness with their own eyes the brave endurance that Malta was putting up in the face of impossible odds at a time when she received the George Cross for bravery from him.

Wheelchair access to museum section only.

The Malta at War Museum is open for visiting between Monday and Sunday from 10.00 till 17.00hrs.

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