Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943
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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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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA33 contributions
No English. Really?
Oct 2020
Well-intentioned museum, but if the objective is to reach an international audience, not just Italians, there needs to be a language option. English tends to be the international common denominator at minimum. But there is almost no English except for a few itemizations of poorly-labeled, numbered exhibits. Sad that they have some cool artifacts and a story to tell, but only Italians can partake, and only the strong-willed can follow exhibit itemizations. That said, there is an adjunct exhibition on wartime photographer Phil Stern thoughtfully curated by Ezio Costanzo that is fully translated to English. This was the highlight for me, but whilst included in the museum admission, I am unclear aside from sharing space whether it is affiliated with the museum itself. I assume not because it is presented at a professional international standard.
Written October 11, 2020
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Bdnegin
Jerusalem, Israel102 contributions
Engaging and comprehensive
Feb 2020
If you read about Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily by the Allied forces in July of 1943) you may learn about the movement of armed forces and their casualties. What you might not be exposed to is the effect of the invasion on the civilian population and their cities and towns. This comprehensive historical review of the invasion provides a visceral rendering of what it was like to be a Sicilian civilian under bombing raids and invasions, in addition to providing detailed historical documentation of the operation and displays of weapons and uniforms of the warring armies. The explanatory material is primarily in Italian, with supplementary English language descriptions.
Written February 15, 2020
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JKA
Latrobe4 contributions
Great WWII Museum
Sep 2019
We are American tourists and lovers of history that thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Several of us had relatives that were WWII soldiers and one of us had an uncle that was part of the invasion in 1943.
The admission price is a bargain!
Written December 6, 2019
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Chris
Enterprise, OR25 contributions
If you like WWII history, this is pretty good
Nov 2019
A small museum which really packs in a historical display and story of the Allied landings on Sicily. The photo exhibit was pretty incredible, too.
Written December 4, 2019
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Dannii_mvn
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions
Best and most surreal museum ever!
Nov 2019 • Couples
It wasn’t on top of our list of things to do in Catania but thought we would stop by after a visit to the port (not worthwhile btw). It was the best decision ever. The entire scene was surreal. An old factory enhanced with steal and concrete with no one around (mind you this was the end of Nov). When we found the museum we were welcomed by five people who all helped us with the tickets. Looking at the visitors book we noticed we were the third ones there that day. The visit started of with a 10min film starting with the invasion of Poland in ‘39. Quite an ambitious start for a 10min clip. What followed was a trip to a bomb shelter of which I won’t reveal too much because it would be a shame to ruin the surprise. After this crazy experience we went through a rollercoaster of boring uniforms and amazingly surreal puppets (some of which made noise). Towards the end you get to see a Madame Tussaud-like exhibition with dictators and Churchill. I’ve never been a Tussaud fan but these were definitely impressive and thus quite unnerving (seeing Adolf that realistically up close).

To be honest large parts are difficult to follow when you don’t speak Italian but the entire atmosphere and surroundings are definitely worth a visit. It was strange, surreal and interesting too! For sure a recommendation but do have a healthy sense of irony!!
Written November 30, 2019
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Carolbike
White Salmon, WA10 contributions
Worthwhile museum
Nov 2019
It was interesting to see the local view of WWI in Sicily. There is a simulated bomb shelter and a bunker. The amazing photos and displays are well explained in Italian and English.
Written November 23, 2019
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tritone1960
malta18 contributions
Should not be missed
Nov 2019 • Solo
The theme of the Allied landings is very well explained and presented, not only from a military point of view but also the negative impact on the civilian population.

I feel that better explanations in other languages would enhance the visitor experience.
Written November 10, 2019
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Vjnitti
110 contributions
Worthy of a visit!
Oct 2019 • Friends
Several of us from a US tour group visited this well organized museum which highlighted Operation Husky (i.e.,the allied invasion of Sicily). There were well done models of the invasion and photographs of the devastation and poverty stricken population who suffered by the war. I was impressed by the thoroughness and detail of the presentation of events.
Written November 4, 2019
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Daniel H
Warminster, UK197 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2019 • Business
The museum is incredibly well done and well worth a visit. It is structured really well and has plenty to see.
Written October 4, 2019
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MJH1
Bedfordshire, UK4,380 contributions
Worth the walk
Sep 2019 • Couples
It’s a bit of a walk out of town and actually the entrance is quite hard to find but we thought it was well worth it

A lot of the descriptions are in Italian only but we still found it very informative and thought provoking - over 14500 men killed in around 30 days

The Phil Stern photographic exhibition was particularly striking
Written October 2, 2019
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