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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
Phone Number: +39 095 401 1929
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Farmingdale, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 26 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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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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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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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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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

It was one of the less interesting museums I've been into, but nevertheless learned a bit from it. As highlights, they have a short simulation of an anti-bomb shelter, and a nice depiction of the buildings and indoors of the era. If you understand no Italian, it will probably be hard to learn anything from the guided part (~15 mins),... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Loved it. Great display and very good state of conservation. It would have been great to have more english translation but my boys seems to know more about guns and ware far than me!

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