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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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Fascinating look at the invasion

Gem of a museum. Reconstructed village, maps, great collection of artifacts, including uniforms... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Washington, DC
An interesting place to visit

We visited the museum at 10.30am l think we were lucky as we had a guide to ourselves who spoke... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
win y
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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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

The four stars are for the missing English translations for most information boards. The documentation is very accurate and the bomb shelter simulation is impressive. For those who know the details of operation Husky or would like to know more this museum is a must....More

1  Thank ap_dsk
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

A truely eye opening representation of how a few oppresive leaders can turn human ingenuity against itself and squander lives and technical advancement to cause individuals to destroy one another. In the end we're all human under the uniforms. Now walking freely around Catania it's...More

1  Thank Rev42
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Great museum that has a fine collection of uniforms and weapons from the period. Also has recreated the 'Feel' of the period with replica buildings with original contents. Glad I came here to see this important museum about the Allies invasion of Sicily.

1  Thank Mike S
Reviewed 27 May 2017

As others have noted, this museum is best experienced with a guide who speaks your native language. While it includes much of the typical World War II memorabilia, it also strives to illustrate the impact of the Allied invasion of Sicily on the average resident....More

2  Thank WHGC
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9 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