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Museo Storico dello Sbarco in Sicilia 1943

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Address: Viale Africa | Piazzale Rocco Chinnici (ex Piazzale Asia), Centro Culturale Le Ciminiere, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
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+39 095 401 1929
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09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The "Allied Landings in Sicily Museum" (Museo Storico dello...

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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A very moving experience -

A must-see in Catania - best with a local guide. Highlights are the realistic bomb-shelter and the final Memorial to the Fallen - of all countries.

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Houston
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must-see in Catania - best with a local guide. Highlights are the realistic bomb-shelter and the final Memorial to the Fallen - of all countries.

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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an interesting side trip about the ravages of war on the island of Sicily. Everything was in Italian so I couldn't understand any of the commentaries but it was easy to figure out, war is disastrous on local communities.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Well displayed story of Italy during WWII with touch of American, German and Canadian history. People who work there do not speak English, but they were very helpful and did try to explain the displayed items. Sutable for kids older then 10. Tickets are cheap, around 1-2 Euros. I advise you to go there early to avoid big groups. We... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Extensive. Does a good job, with elaborate displays, of portraying what it was like to live through this time. Very very little English. In my view, you need a guide to understand the museum. We had a guide for 2 hours which made a huge difference. You need to hire a local guide separately. 2 Euro entrance. Covers US, British,... More 

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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

I took my students to this museum after we had studied WWII in Italy. It has interesting, interactive exhibits and my students enjoyed it (particularly the simulation of a bomb shelter). It is good at giving an Italian perspective on WWII and detailing how Allied troops landed on Sicily and then proceeded from there to liberate the rest of the... More 

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Farmingdale, Maine
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Well done and moving review of what the citizenry lived through in Sicily when in the crosshairs of the Axis countries and the Allied countries. As real as you can get, with a bomb shelter, maps, pictures and a wax museum of the noted leaders of the period. I do not want to see anything glorifying war as so many... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit if you are interested in WW2 period. It is amazing the memorabilia inside the museum and you spend easily 1 hour living the last war in Europe in the deep south.

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Plainview, New York
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

This museum is very well done. Every aspect of WWII in Sicily is covered: arms, battles, uniforms, key figures, intelligence ruses, et al. You can even experience what it was like to hide in a bomb shelter during an air raid. It also brought home how the Sicilian people were torn between two sides. Would have given this five stars... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

At first you think that perhaps you have gone to an amusement park. You walk through a typical Sicilian square at the time of the invasion and then enter a bomb shelter and sit down while sound and motion effects recreate some of the feeling of the bombing. Our guide narrated the museum and explained the many exhibits and the... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Friendly and informative. Good displays to inform about the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. We went at the end of a 4 day battlefield tour - it would probably have been better at the start for context setting. I would have liked a small shop to buy further books etc for information - there was only the museum guide... More 

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