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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

Viale Africa | Piazzale Rocco Chinnici , Centro Culturale Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
+39 095 401 1929
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Sicily in World War II

This museum is really off the beaten path. Luckily we were steered here by some locals who knew we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gay O
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Hayward, California
Well worth a visit to understand how WWII impacted Sicily

Excellent overview if Allied invasion of Sicily. A long walk from cruise port so take a 15 euro... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James C
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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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Viale Africa | Piazzale Rocco Chinnici , Centro Culturale Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Centro Catania
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+39 095 401 1929
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum is really off the beaten path. Luckily we were steered here by some locals who knew we were interested in WWII history. The battles in Sicily during the Allied invasion were covered exceedingly well so we came away with a much better understanding...More

Thank Gay O
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent overview if Allied invasion of Sicily. A long walk from cruise port so take a 15 euro taxi. Very well done exhibit that covers all aspects of the Sicilian campaign. The air raid shelter dramatization was unique-you hear the siren, listen to actual panicky...More

Thank James C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little hidden away in an old industrial building, but very close to train and bus stations in Catania. It concerns the landing of UK, US troops in Sicily in 1943 in their fight against the Italians and the Germans. The visit starts with a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you can read Italian it might be informative and worth a visit (as long as you don't need to use the restrooms), otherwise I'd skip it. We arrived during opening hours but the sign on the door said 'closed'. After a while someone came...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

A short walk from the centre this is well put together history of the allied landings in 1943. It’s cheap to enter- 4 euros a person and offers a good mix of the history of war from the perspective of both civilians and soldiers- at...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018 via mobile

This museum has it all. It is interactive, informative and around every corner there is something surprising and of interest. Such care and attention to detail is rare. We spent over three hours. We have been around the world many times and this stands out...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

Tickets for the museum are very cheap and it's really worth it. A short walking distance from the city centre and 5 minutes from the train station, the premises also host the Cinema museum (another recommended visit). Very well set up, the bomb shelter experience...More

Thank Jorge C
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Don’t be put off by the museum’s “latest” Facebook post being a summary of its 2016 (yes 2016) opening hours or the rather drab exterior and reception area. This is a terrific museum to visit for anyone interested in World War II in general, the...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

a good choice to spend like 2h indoors on a rainy day. interesting collection of the war time of 1943 in Cicily

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

This was an amazing museum that I don't think many people take advantage of. The tour of the Museum starts with a short film about the events leading up to the Allied Landing. The next part of the museum is a recreation of a street...More

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cathsheen
February 9, 2017|
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Response from MayaAngel13 | Reviewed this property |
It's not far. We went with local bus and we walked from the bus station.
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Joy S
July 2, 2016|
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Response from Richard B | Reviewed this property |
It's a very short distance from the main train station, which is obviously well connected to everything, so you can easily get to it from pretty much all over.
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aileenygibbons
April 20, 2016|
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Response from Robert A | Reviewed this property |
Hi, not sure about summer hours but when I visited they open at 0900 and close at 4pm. There appeared to be some confusion about lunch as the staff dis not agree on this one! It seems that 12:30 until 2pm is lunch time... More
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