Malta's history is a rich and varied one, having left traces of its sometimes difficult past in the buildings and sites that dot this fascinating island's landscape.
Birgu is a true treasure-trove of historical points of interest, which bear testament to several of Malta's most important battles and sieges. The Malta At War Museum, located just a stone's throw away from Locanda La Gelsomina, stands to document the great ordeal which the brave people of Malta and their defenders endured during the dark days of the Malta Blitz in World War II.
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 atop of a massive underground rock-cut air raid shelter which offered refuge to hundreds of people. The shelter has been restored and forms an enthralling part of of the museum experience.
With a rich collection of period artefacts and memorabilia on display, the Malta At War museum offers a unique glimpse into the Second World War, as seen through Malta's eyes.
The Malta at War Museum is open between Monday and Sunday from 10.00 till 17.00hrs. Frequent boat trips are available from Valletta and bus service 3 and 4 terminates within walking distance from the museum. Further details may be found at https://www.maltaatwarmuseum.com/