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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

Viale Africa | Piazzale Rocco Chinnici , Centro Culturale Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 401 1929
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This was actually the best thing we visited in Catania. We only regret we spent 40 minutes there as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carmen D
Bucharest, Romania
via mobile
Excellent recent history lesson.

My wife and I visited the museum today around 2:30pm., at the end of a 2 week tour around the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Richard B
Victoria, British Columbia
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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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Viale Africa | Piazzale Rocco Chinnici , Centro Culturale Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Centro Catania
+39 095 401 1929
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was actually the best thing we visited in Catania. We only regret we spent 40 minutes there as we were about to catch the flight home.

Thank Carmen D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the museum today around 2:30pm., at the end of a 2 week tour around the Island of Sicily. We qualified for the reduced admission as we were over 65 years of age and after 14 days of museums and archeology...More

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 9 October 2017

We were a group of 8 on a battlefield tour of Sicily and this find was an extremely useful orientation to the conflict. It is hidden away behind a number of dockside buildings which have been preserved within an extensive steel framework. The introduction led...More

Thank CJeremyL
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I had an hour to kill while waiting for the train, I ended up rushing around the Museum. Now I will have to come back to Catania. The Museum is very good it gives some impression of what life was like coming up to the...More

Thank Mister_JK_1954
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Gem of a museum. Reconstructed village, maps, great collection of artifacts, including uniforms. Lots of vintage footage. Agree that this is well worth a couple hours of your time.

Thank SKRnDC
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum at 10.30am l think we were lucky as we had a guide to ourselves who spoke passable English. We started with a film of documentary quality in Italian with English subtitles . We then were shown a reconstructed village square before...More

Thank win y
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The people at our B&B did not know about this museum, but kindly found the details for us - so it is not well advertised. I especially wanted to visit here as my father fought in Italy during WWII, but never spoke about it before...More

1  Thank Sandra P
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

This museum is well worth a visit even if slightly out of the centre of town. You can walk there. The museum is very interactive and informative. It provides a novel journey through the 1943 allied capture of the island. Fantastic especially for children.

Thank Sarabond
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Good museum dedicated to WWII on the Sicily and operation Husky. One of the highlights is perhaps simulation of the bomb raid in the shelter. Majority of the museum comprises of wartime items such as weapons, uniforms etc and several pieces of machinery e.g. Jumo...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This museum gives an extensive view on the Allied invasion of Sicily. It shows the war from both sides. They have photos, guns, diorama's, wax figures and other memorabilia. Entrance costs €4. The walk through the museum starts with a recreated Sicilian square, showing typical...More

Thank MartinRook
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10 February 2017|
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Response from MayaAngel13 | Reviewed this property |
It's not far. We went with local bus and we walked from the bus station.
Joy S
3 July 2016|
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Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
It's a very short distance from the main train station, which is obviously well connected to everything, so you can easily get to it from pretty much all over.
21 April 2016|
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Response from Robert A | Reviewed this property |
Hi, not sure about summer hours but when I visited they open at 0900 and close at 4pm. There appeared to be some confusion about lunch as the staff dis not agree on this one! It seems that 12:30 until 2pm is lunch time... More