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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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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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Excellent museum of Sicily in WW2

This is an excellent way to get an understanding of the battle fro Sicily in WW2. The opening part of the museum brings to life through an interactive display what it would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Adelaide, Australia
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117 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent way to get an understanding of the battle fro Sicily in WW2. The opening part of the museum brings to life through an interactive display what it would have been like to have been in a bomb-shelter during an Allied raid. The museum has a large number of exhibits including detailed explanations of the invasions as... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This new Museum in the new Cultural Quarter,is quite amazing. I thought that I knew a lot about this historical period,but this museum opened my eyes to some rather uncomfortable truths about the meaning of the word "Liberation"

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We went to Catania specifically to visit this museum. It was terrific. Fascinating. Not to be missed. Give yourself a couple of hours at least. So interesting to see how Sicily partook in the Ally landings in WW11.

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Thank Brenda T
Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Very interactive, lively and interesting museum. Raises your empathy and shows Sicily's position during the war. Mostly Italian, but also enough English descriptions available.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

The other reviewers are not exagerating. This place is impossible to find and if you do find it, chances are it will be closed. I spent an hour trying to find it. I also found that not even Catanian's know where it is. Google maps will take you to the wrong location. HERE IS HOW TO FIND IT.... walk down... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

A little tricky to find but thanks to other posters we found it. The signs are quite clear. A lot of thought went into this exhibit. It is well laid out and a must for history and WW2 buffs. Allow about 1.5 hours. I won't post pictures so as not not to spoil the surprise. There could be a little... More 

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Bronx, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Others have said that it's very difficult to find. That is because no one knows where it is. I asked 4 bus drivers ( I am fluent in Italian) Actually, it was within sight of the main bus and Train terminals. (See my pic. # 5, Location) With the Central Train station at your back, take approximately 10 steps forward... More 

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Martina Franca, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

If you have an interest in WWII and its effect on the people of Sicily, this museum is excellent. Not everything is translated into English, but even if you don't speak Italian, you will understand the majority of the well-thought-out and presented displays. I came away with a better understanding of the horror of war and the toll it took... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This museum is dedicated to peace. It does a good job of showing the effects of the Allied invasion of Sicily in the summer of 1943 on the lives of the Sicilians. The simulated air raid in a bomb shelter is very moving. A good history lesson for young and old.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Make sure you have exact details on how to get here as the signage is almost non-existent - spent a while trying to find the place. The time wasted however was well worth it. Besides the usual displays one would expect there are 'experiential' exhibitions such as the air raid shelter and machine gun bunker. The wax figures of wartime... More 

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