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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Douglas L
2 contributions
Canadian Flag
Oct 2021
Th Canadian flag on display only came into existence in 1965. The flag that Canadians fought under in 1943 was the Red Ensign. I will try to have the museum put the Canadian 1943 flag on display. Great museum and worth the time to go through it.
Written October 16, 2021
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DAN
Massapequa Park, NY12 contributions
Best experience for this type of venue
Sep 2021
Easily visited with great parking area, the displays, information and personnel allow for a self-guided tour that revealed to me so much more than books offer. The visit was comfortable, unique and very worthwhile.
Written September 19, 2021
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Helena S
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Vivid museum. - highly recommend
Sep 2021 • Solo
Such a good museum about the events of world war 2 in Sicily! Can highly recommend! Unfortunately the shelter simulation is closed due to covid restrictions.
Written September 11, 2021
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bz
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Open as per 2021-08-12
Aug 2021 • Couples
The museum is open as per 2021-08-12 - it is not true the place is closed at the moment. Worth paying a visit when you are interested in IIWW.
Written August 12, 2021
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SteveK
Los Angeles, CA44 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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