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“Excellent museum illustrating Sicily during WWII” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

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
Type: History Museums, Museums
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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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“Excellent museum illustrating Sicily during WWII”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Well-located and easily reachable (just a couple of hundred metres from the train station in Catania), the Museo dello Sbarco is definitely worth including in any visit to Catania. The prescribed route through the museum starts off in a reconstructed "piazza" which could be have been located in any small Sicilian town of the 1940s. Passing through a bunker, in which you get to experience what it would have been like during one of the raids, you exit into the "same" piazza after it has been destroyed by the allies bombs. It's a stark impression.
After that, the route takes you through the well laid-out exhibits, clearly labelled and displayed, and detailing some fascinating aspects of the second world war in Sicily. There is some fascinating and poignant black and white footage and plenty of maps and photographs to explain the course of events.
The route through the museum finishes with a haunting reconstruction of a war cemetery and scrolling display of the the "roll of honour".
I visited with two ten year old boys who already had a keen fascination for the topic, were inevitably wrapped up in the 'guns' and who had heard much about the stories of the war from grandparents who lived through it. However, the poignancy of this final room gave them pause for thought and they sat, immovable, for a full ten minutes just reading the list of names of the fallen.
It was an excellent visit and got the thumbs up from all of us. We stayed about an hour and a half - which was perfect for the boys - but I could have stayed at least as long again and still been absorbed.

Visited January 2013
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Watertown, New York
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Learning Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Really enjoyed the learning experience. Never completely understood the impact of what took place in Sicily. Great learning experience. But as others have said, this museum provided more. What it was like to live in Sicily. What Italians' went through. I was more interested in the order of battle, but the museum was wonderful across all educational levels. Well worth the visit!

Visited May 2012
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Crete, Nebraska
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“Nice museum, but a long time standing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

A nice museum that covers the history of the Sicily landings well, including a nice model that illustrates the progress of the campaign. You spend a lot of time standing listening to a detailed guide presentation, which is okay but not great.

Visited September 2012
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Winter Park, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Excellent overview of how Sicily was affected by WWII”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband really wanted to see this museum and we are very happy we visited. The staff provided pamphlets with written info in English, and the accompanying posters gave great detail on the war and it's consequences in Sicily. Plan on spending 1.5 hours to see everything. Well done!

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I did not expect the museum to be so detailed and innovative, it can take hours to explore it all and covers all sides of the conflict. A must see.

Visited September 2012
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