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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

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Neighborhood: Centro Catania
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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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A must-see for history buffs

A must-see for anyone interested in WWII. This excellent museum covers the Allied invasion of Sicily with huge sensitivity and thoughtfulness. The tour begins with a walk... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A must-see for anyone interested in WWII. This excellent museum covers the Allied invasion of Sicily with huge sensitivity and thoughtfulness. The tour begins with a walk through a reconstructed Sicilian piazza and a simulated air raid complete with vibrating floor and howling sirens. You step out of the air raid shelter into the same piazza, devastated by bombing, and... More 

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Durham England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If your are interested in the WW2 this museum is a must! It is well laid out with lots of exhibits. It starts off passing through re-constructed shop fronts in Catania, then you hear an air raid siren and you are directed into a shelter, you then go through a simulated air raid (lot of crashes and bangs). After the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you are visiting Catania, this museum and the cinema museum in the same complex are very worthwhile. Great value at 4 euros each. And the bar across the road is an excellent spot for lunch afterwards.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The museum gives a very good impression of the landing of the allied forces in Sicily. The scene of the little town square you are walking through before and after the bombing and the bomb shelter experience are really well done.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum is very well thought out. I really liked it. I am not giving 5 stars as there was a smell of smoke. It is very often visited by schoolchildren and I think they should take care of it.

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Cleobury Mortimer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Museo dello Sbarco or Allied Landings in Sicily Museum. The museum is on Viale Africa, Catania. Turn right and it’s about a 5 min walk up from the central railway station. I have to say that the museum is excellent and very well organised, its exhibits and excellent annotation in both Italian and English. It covers three floors, so there... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Worth a visit! The village scene and the air raid shelter very impressive. After exiting there is a great restaurant at the other side of the road opposite le ciminiere.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The move from imagined town, to bomb shelter, to bombed out town was very moving. There is a good variety of interesting information, uniforms, weapons, etc. My boys were engaged with what they saw and thought it worth it. There is a little bit of revisionist history on the part of the Italians, but it doesn't mar the experience. Very... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is an interesting place which gives you some idea of what happened during the second world war. They have recreated Catanea during the war years quite well and if you are into uniforms you will be in heaven. The periodic translations helped but why didn't they get someone with native speaker capacity to give them a once over. The... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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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