For those of you who are interested in World War or military history, Malta is an incredible study. This small archipelago, with only three inhabited islands, has been a highly sought piece of real estate throughout history due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea. A half day visit to the National War Museum and the Lascaris War Rooms, both located in the capital city of Valletta, will open your eyes to the roll of this small nation during both World Wars.
Malta’s National War Museum, chronicles the events leading up to, and Malta’s involvement in, both World Wars. Despite its small unassuming entry, the museum is larger than it appears and packed with artifacts and information from both wars. This is a low tech museum with reading required for most of the exhibits which cover the daily struggles of the Maltese as well as events of the wars. The museum is located on Spur Street in the old Drill Hall of Lower Fort St. Elmo. Adult admission is six Euros. It is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM except for New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Go to http://www.heritagemalta.org/museums/museums.html for more information.
The Lascaris War Rooms are located in caves that were dug within the old city off of Battery Street, near the Upper Barracca Gardens. The entry may be difficult to locate, but your perseverance will be worth the effort. Like the National War Museum, this too is a low tech presentation. The tour begins with film footage showing the struggles of Malta during World War II. You will then be escorted on a tour by a knowledgeable guide who will explain the use of the rooms. There is nothing fancy about this museum. The interest here is in what went on in these rooms, which appear much as they did during their use by those directing the Joint Allied Forces during World War II. Adult admission is 10 Euros, and it is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM, except for New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Go to http://www.visitmalta.com/lascaris-war-rooms for more information.
Both of these museums are fascinating if you are interested in military or World War history. Those who are not truly interested will most likely find little to hold their attention and would be better off spending time at some of the other attractions on Malta which might be more suited to their interests.