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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

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Address: Viale Africa, Piazzale Asia | Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 095 401 1929
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Description: The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello Sbarco in...
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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One of the better museums we have visited. Initially you are introduced to a village scene, both before and after an 'interactive' bombing raid. Lots of good dioramas from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Pozzuoli, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

One of the better museums we have visited. Initially you are introduced to a village scene, both before and after an 'interactive' bombing raid. Lots of good dioramas from both sides of the conflict. Mostly Italian signs so have an e-translator handy.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

While the technology used in this museum is a bit dated, it contains a lot of interesting information about the allies invasion and liberation of Sicily. The initial exhibit allows visitors to experience live as a resident of a Sicilian villiage before, during, and after a bombing attack. Next there is an illuminated map that shows how the allies invasion... More 

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Texas
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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