The Malta Maritime Museum (Maltese: Mużew Marittimu ta' Malta) is a maritime museum in Birgu, Malta. It is housed in the former Royal Naval Bakery, which was built in the 1840s as the main bakery for the Mediterranean Fleet. The museum has a collection of over 20,000 artifacts, and it is the largest museum on the island.
The museum's aim is to illustrate Malta's maritime history, starting from prehistory to the present. The museum shows this within a Mediterranean and a global context.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Vlad Hristov | Jan 12, 2018
It is ok. Nothing special. The local authority should strongly consider a tour at least once or twice a day. It can be easily done with local volunteers.
Steve Louder | Mar 1, 2018
An impressive museum covering the history of Malta during the second world war. The exhibits on the upper floor are good but what really makes it is the quality of the information supporting them. They've worked with the Imperial War Museum in London and the expertise really shows. The information is absolutely fascinating and very well written. Underneath the museum is an extensive tunnel network where Maltese people sheltered from air raids. This area is also really interesting and gives a clear sense of how bleak conditions were. This museum is a must for anyone interested in Malta in WW2.
Louise Forbes | Feb 16, 2018
We had already looked around the lacaris war rooms and fort rinella which I found far more interesting. I didn't learn anything new. We found the guided tours at the other two very informative but weren't offered one here. The tour of the bomb shelter at the end was the saving grace a only reason I haven't given it 2 stars. It was huge with lots to see and experience. Lots of narrow tunnels though so not good if you don't like small spaces. I also wasn't impressed that they had a cafe but you had to pay 50 cent for the one toilet they had. Not only that but you had to have a 50 cent piece so I had to go back to the cafe to queue to exchange my money for a 50 cent piece. Seemed strange it was the only place that did this.
Mark Houlton | Feb 15, 2018
The museum is ok and is interesting but the air raid shelter down below is lots of fun. Fun for a few hours
Ian Chamberlain | Feb 8, 2018
No easy way to say this.You get to wear a hard hat.Even people of lesser stature.You will need it.If you suffer from claustrophobia nows not the time to find out deep down in the tunnels.People had a choice,stay down here or get bombed.When we walk,stoop and if you get lost possibly even kneel it's hard to visualise thousands doing the same thing,everyday for years.Enjoy it,i did.Definitely on a to do list.The audio guide really helped but the information boards give the same info as the audio guide.Prepare to get lost down there.I did.The caverns are cramped but they are well signposted.
Stuart Taylor | May 4, 2018
A fantastic museum with interesting artifacts which are very well presented. The shelters bring home the hardships endured by the people during World War 2. Unfortunately we visited as part of a bus tour and did not get a great deal of time to browse. We will definitely visit again the next time we are in Malta.
Shona Grieve | May 4, 2018
Really interesting museum. Helps you appreciate what Malta suffered during WW2. Well worth a visit.
Ian Chamberlain | Apr 20, 2018
No easy way to say this.You get to wear a hard hat.Even people of lesser stature.You will nleed it.If you suffer from claustrophobia nows not the time to find out deep down in the tunnels.People had a choice,stay down here or get bombed during the Second world war.Rooms were carved out of the rock along with a labyrinth of narrow passageways.The complex is bigger than i thought and even with good information boards i got a little lost.I think most people did.There is an audio guide and i gave some id as security so if i was hopelessly lost the staff would know.The audio's information is the same as the information boards but stooped over it was an easy option,especially if there is a crowd of people.This is a bomb shelter and you can see the chisel marks where the rock was chipped away.There is even a maternity ward down here as well as a canteen,and a lot of small rooms for beds.You will need the hard hat.When i left the tunnels i had limestone dust on my clothes.The passageways are narrow.I was in Israel during Gulf War one and know a little bit about bomb shelters and this one has lost the smell.The smell is fairly unique.I really enjoyed the visit here and because the tunnels are narrow,small,and low ceilinged people were actually smiling as they moved out of each other's way.love the hat by the way.Valletta is lit up at night and it's stunning,especially seen from the ferry back from here.I visited Fort Rinella and would recommend the maritime museum as well.All child friendly by the way.There is very little traffic too which is nice...Have fun.
Tom Krebs | May 27, 2018
A very good WWII exhibit, telling the Maltese story and how/why Malta was awarded the St. George Cross after the war. Because it is across the bay from Valletta, one needs to take the ferry over. Because of that barrier, this is not a well patronized museum. But it is well worth the trek. It is built where it is because it sits atop a bunker complex used to hide from Italian and German bombing raids during the war. And yes, you are allowed to descend and hike around the bunker. Once down there you will see various posters and black and white photos retelling the experience of the use of the bunkers. There are some tight squeezes, so if you have a fear of tight spaces or are less agile you may not want to wander very far. Upstairs, there's a nice black and white film running on a loop for an overview of the Malta/WWII story. There is also a very interesting (waiting to be made into a Hollywood movie!) story about a re-supply convoy from England attempting to make it to Malta through U-boat infested waters. A good number of the convoy's ships were sunk, but one vessel arrives (filmed in black & white) in Valletta harbor with it's bow blown clean through. How it didn't sink... ??? Some nice offerings/DVDs in the gift shop. Last, coming over to visit this museum also allows one to hike the charming local streets of the age-old tri-cities, where restaurants exist without parking for cars; they're just tucked into the neighborhood. Wear comfortable shoes!
Thiago Oliveira | Jun 17, 2018
So interesting place! You can experience a feel to enter in tunnels that used to be habitable while the WW2. I'm glad to have spent sometime here!
Richard Brown | Jun 6, 2018
Excellent. Lots of history. Air raid shelter a must but can be claustrophobic. Make sure you put the hard hat on. Watched the Malta Story Film before and this made the experience more real.
John N | Jun 30, 2018
Very informative about the island during world war 2. The chance to go into the underground bomb shelters - not for those who don't like confined spaces. Small cafe are. Staff are relatively friendly and helpful. Easy to reach on public buses.
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