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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

Address: Viale Africa, Piazzale Asia | Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
Phone Number: +39 095 401 1929
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Ranked #1 of 115 things to do in Catania
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943) is housed in...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Great setting, great start, and then once inside it is so much more than I ever expected it to be. Very clean, nicely organized, plenty of English along the way (which is helpful but not a requirement... it is not an English speaking country after all). Great displays. Definitely worth the low price of admission!

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Göteborg
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

What place could be better to present the hell of war than in an old sulphur plant? This has been highly successful in Catania. In the old industrial building on three floors they have accomplished – not just an informative knowledge base – but also an instructive and learning exhibit that affects most people. The subject is thus the Allied... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

We went to visit this museum in Catania on the advice of a friend. The museum telling the story of the second world war, and the landing of the Americani forces, from a local perspective. Interesting and very moving, and my young boys were kept entertained by the bombing reenactment and the weapon and tank displays! Recommended.

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N Ireland
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Only found this place by chance. I bought a guide book in the railway station and it was mentioned in it. Not the easiest found but walk past the railway station towards the 3 chimneys and it is located there. It was a very revelant visit for us as we were in Cantania to see our grandfather's grave in the... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Located in a very interesting building (a renovated sulfur refinery), this museum is a detailed look at the allied invasion of Sicily in1943. There is a pamphlet in English to help non-Italians understand the initial space...a Sicilian piazza in 1943, then an air raid shelter,and the destroyed square. All very realistic. I wished for a few less uniforms and weapons... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We decided to stop in Catania to visit this museum. It turned out to be a very interesting museum with great displays and artifacts. We started out in a replica of a village then sat in a bomb shelter and experienced a virtual bombing. we were happy to have stopped here and spent more time in the museum than planned.... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 via mobile

Excellent museum explaining and showing Sicily involvement in the war from early war to 1943. I understand that in a few weeks the museum will provide English as well.

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Buffalo, NY
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We came here as part of a group tour of Sicily, but, although I am an avid history buff, I was unfamiliar with this museum. Visiting it showed me how ignorant I was about the events here (ex. the Allies' Sicily landings were bigger than D-Day at Normandy!), but in a most positive way. Mixing a wide range of well-selected... More 

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Gainesville, Fl
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

It's so important for us to never forget about the soldiers and the sacrifices they make. This museum is done very well, with a bunker that you sit in and listen to how frightening it must have been. Lots of video footage and photographs as well as uniforms worn by all sides. I learned a tremendous amount about the invasion,... More 

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Talloires, France
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I read the great reviews and thought it would be worth a visit. I checked the opening times before turning up but when I arrived there was not a single sign of life in the building, even though the opening times online and on the door meant it should have been open. In fact, the whole place looked pretty much... More 

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