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“Excellent, unique museum”

Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943
Ranked #5 of 173 things to do in Catania
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Cape Coral, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
251 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Excellent, unique museum”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

A unique museum. It is like a movie set in the beginning, You stand in the town square of a typical Sicilian village, then the air raid warning siren is heard. We were ushered into the bomb shelter where we sat on benches along the wall. We can hear and feel the bombs exploding. When we leave the shelter out the exit door, we see the same village square destroyed by the bombs. Lots of displays, actual pictures and videos from that time, and memorabilia from WWII. It was moving to see the hardships of the people and then the jubilation of the Sicilians when the Allies and the Americans freed Sicily. The Museum itself is in an industrial area and you may have to look for it, but it is very worthwhile. Unfortunately, no photography is allowed inside.

Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Moving”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

Take a break from food & ruins...visit this war museum in Cantania. I'm not usually keen on museums but this one touched me, I had an uncle killed in this war & another who was a POW. The interpretive panels were excellent.The experience in a bomb shelter complete with flickering lights & it shaking brought a tear as I felt the fear of those who endured this time in history. The end was extremely moving, a naked bronze of a soldier laying in state with individual names of the fallen (on a loop) projected on a screen. Go if you can.

Visited October 2013
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best Military Museum”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

The museum is much bigger than I thought it would be , and very well laid out. It gives a impressive feeling of the battle of Sicily in 1943.
I found the whole experience very moving , as my father was involved in Operation Husky in 1943.
Its well worth taking the trouble to find this museum

Visited July 2013
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London
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“The best under visited military museum in the world”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is a brilliantly connived and executed military museum covering the story of the battle for Sicily from the point of view of the Allies, the Germans and the Sicilians themselves. It has first class exhibits imaginatively presented. It has much of the panache and style of the Piana delle Orme museum at Latina, with but a little bit more academic input.

Visited September 2013
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Really worth visiting!”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This museum is a bit out of the centre of Catania but is really worth visiting if you are interested in history. It is mainly in Italian but there is also quite a bit of signage in English.

Visited August 2013
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