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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

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Neighbourhood: Centro Catania
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Address: Viale Africa | Piazzale Rocco Chinnici (ex Piazzale Asia), Centro Culturale Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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+39 095 401 1929
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello...

The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) is housed in one of the buildings forming the "Ciminiere" cultural centre. The museum narrates the events that took place in Sicily from 10 July to 8 September 1943. This period is still recent history, only seventy years have passed and many senior citizens can still recount the experience. Everything that we have forgotten is now conserved in this museum which aims to protect our most precious asset: peace.

The museum is arranged on three floors covering an area of 3,000 square metres, including a temporary exhibition area. By means of reconstructed settings the museum has tried to recreate the conditions of life before, during and after the war, using simulations, projections and original exhibits.

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Portrays the Emotion of the Times

Extensive. Does a good job, with elaborate displays, of portraying what it was like to live through this time. Very very little English. In my view, you need a guide to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Extensive. Does a good job, with elaborate displays, of portraying what it was like to live through this time. Very very little English. In my view, you need a guide to understand the museum. We had a guide for 2 hours which made a huge difference. You need to hire a local guide separately. 2 Euro entrance. Covers US, British,... More 

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Florence, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my students to this museum after we had studied WWII in Italy. It has interesting, interactive exhibits and my students enjoyed it (particularly the simulation of a bomb shelter). It is good at giving an Italian perspective on WWII and detailing how Allied troops landed on Sicily and then proceeded from there to liberate the rest of the... More 

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Farmingdale, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Well done and moving review of what the citizenry lived through in Sicily when in the crosshairs of the Axis countries and the Allied countries. As real as you can get, with a bomb shelter, maps, pictures and a wax museum of the noted leaders of the period. I do not want to see anything glorifying war as so many... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit if you are interested in WW2 period. It is amazing the memorabilia inside the museum and you spend easily 1 hour living the last war in Europe in the deep south.

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Plainview, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This museum is very well done. Every aspect of WWII in Sicily is covered: arms, battles, uniforms, key figures, intelligence ruses, et al. You can even experience what it was like to hide in a bomb shelter during an air raid. It also brought home how the Sicilian people were torn between two sides. Would have given this five stars... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

At first you think that perhaps you have gone to an amusement park. You walk through a typical Sicilian square at the time of the invasion and then enter a bomb shelter and sit down while sound and motion effects recreate some of the feeling of the bombing. Our guide narrated the museum and explained the many exhibits and the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Friendly and informative. Good displays to inform about the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. We went at the end of a 4 day battlefield tour - it would probably have been better at the start for context setting. I would have liked a small shop to buy further books etc for information - there was only the museum guide... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum. It was very well laid out in a way that brought the invasion to life with a lot of original footage and genuine artefacts. My daughter (8) particularly liked the air raid simulation- very effective and shocking. There was quite a lot of written commentary, but only some of it in English. History buffs, particularly... More 

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Sicily took one of the first blows when the Allied Forces invaded Italy to overpower Mussolini and the Axis powers. Visitors start out in a bomb shelter to make it the war real. I'm not a detail person on war history but I thought the museum made it quite clear on what happenedin Sicily from 1943 on.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

If you are looking at Sicily from the perspective of a Battlefield Tour than should be where you start. Excellent maps and information in general. However, the MUST have translations of the story boards in English for the Anglo Saxons that visit. We did have an English speaking guide for the early stages of the tour but after that we... More 

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