Malta At War Museum

Malta At War GCAs Papa Joe and I explored the narrow passages and rooms of the air raid shelter beneath ‘The Malta At War Museum’ we were amazed at the conditions the people of Malta had to endure during World War Two. No wonder the island was awarded ‘The George Cross Medal’ in 1942.

People carried on their daily life in these shelters while bombs were continually being dropped on allied warships in the nearby Grand Harbour.

‘The Malta At War Museum’ uses film and excellent displays to explain how the population coped during all the air raids and why Malta was so important to the allied war effort against the Italian and German armies.

Suitable for 7+ Narrow steps and passageways in the restored air raid shelters

Where: Malta at War Museum, Couvre Porte Gate, Vittoriosa BRG1810 – Malta. 
Admission: Admission Charge – includes an audio guide (bring some ID to leave as a deposit)
Family tickets, concessions and heritage pass available
Facilities: Audio Guide, small shop
Website:  www.maltaatwarmuseum.com

 The galleries have displays about the role of the armed forces and the dangers the military and civilians were facing. We had visited The Lascaris War Rooms which was the command centre in Valletta and found that The Malta at War Museum was equally enthralling.

Malta At War Museum bombs

German Aerial Bombs


Malta At War Museum anti aircraft unit

Anti Aircraft Unit and Searchlight

Don’t forget to look out for the air raid siren and tryout the different sounds the siren made.

A highlight of our visit was the old restored air raid shelter complex dug into the rock under the museum.

As you go down the narrow steps into the shelter you see a small shrine to Vittoriosa’s patron saint St. Lawrence. Further steps take you to the living area and you can see the cubicles where families slept.

Malta At War Museum bomb shelter 3

The Shelter Warden’s cubicle

There was even an area set aside as a maternity unit so babies could be delivered safely.Malta At War Museum bomb shelter 2

Malta At War Museum bomb shelter 1

After our visit we walked down to the harbour and took a water taxi using one of the traditional Maltese Dghajsa boats back across the harbour to Valletta.


Getting There Malta at War Museum, Couvre Porte Gate, Vittoriosa BRG1810 – Malta 
Vittoriosa is on the opposite side of The Grand Harbour to Valetta. Buses 2 and 3 from Valletta and hop and off tour buses stop outside 
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