We had a chat with the team at WW2Sites Malta about what they thought were the top five WW2 museums in Malta and these made it to their top five:

  1. Malta at War Museum in Birgu

Everything you would expect from a museum, plenty to see and excellent choice for both the expert and casual observer, families will enjoy this too. Included in the price is the extensive underground shelter. Added bonus is it is great starting point to discovering the three Cities.


2. The War rooms in Valletta

Nerve Centre for the defence of the Island during the Malta Blitz and also Headquarters for operation’ Husky ‘the invasion of Sicily, this underground network of tunnels and chambers  includes all the classic war set piece operation tables you would expect. Look out for the new Sicily 1943 section. Added bonus great place to cool off when it is blistering hot outside.


3. National war museum in Valletta

Located in a 16th century Fort St Elmo it covers a broader range of history with a sizeable section on WW2. Museum is modernist in display and fort and surroundings are great. It also houses the remaining Gloster Gladiator from the Air Battle of Malta.  Added. Bonus great views of the harbour from here.

4. Malta Aviation Museum in Ta Qali

Situated in hangers on an original WW2 fighter base. This museum showcases a host of planes up to modern time that have a connection with Malta.  Make sure you see the Air Battle of Malta Memorial Hangar which houses a Spitfire and Hurricane in Malta camouflage.

Bonus – close by is a pottery establishment and you are short walk from Mdina Glass.

5. The island of Malta

The Island of Malta is one great Museum and if you look closely, you will come across everything from pillboxes (bunkers), gun emplacements, runways, barracks, dragons teeth, observations posts to bomb damage shrapnel marks.  Added Bonus – if you look up WW2sites Malta, they can show you what to look out for on the island.  

Article submitted by WW2 Sites Malta.