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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

Viale Africa, Piazzale Asia | Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Centro Catania)
+39 095 401 1929
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Ranked #1 of 71 Attractions 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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Nashua, New Hampshire
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Now knowing a lot about what ensured when Sicily was occupied in WWII, one got a real education at this museum. I rate it as high as seeing Churchill's War Museum in London! The assimilated bombing when you entered into a bomb shelter really gave you a true sense of what the landings of the Allies and the raids on... More 

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Mantua, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum, particularly the detailing of the countries, army divisions and Sicilian towns involved in the invasion. Well worth the 4 Euros apiece. There were only three of us in the museum during our tour. I would mention, for those that may be driving, there is a large parking lot running along the front of the Ciminiera... More 

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Weilerbach, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

As many of the other reviewers have mentioned, this museum can be difficult to find ... but well worth the effort. Looks small from the outside, but filled with many mementos from WW2. The entry film reviews the events up to the entry of Sicily into the war and then the invasion by the Allied Forces. If the museum isn't... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The museum is a little hard to find as it is set back from the road in the middle of a larger complex - which is not as vibrant as tour guides suggest. It would be worth calling first to get the tour times, since they group folk together and start you together with a film showing (available in English)... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very informative, great photographs, enjoyed the interactive bit. Found the wax figures a bit creepy, but I guess that's the point. Helps appreciate what people go through during war. History lovers will enjoy it.

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