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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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Great museum on the 1943 invasion of Sicily

This museum gives an extensive view on the Allied invasion of Sicily. It shows the war from both... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
MartinRook
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Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands
Excellent documentation of a piece of contemporary history

The four stars are for the missing English translations for most information boards. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ap_dsk
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Taormina, Italy
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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 6 days ago

This museum gives an extensive view on the Allied invasion of Sicily. It shows the war from both sides. They have photos, guns, diorama's, wax figures and other memorabilia. Entrance costs €4. The walk through the museum starts with a recreated Sicilian square, showing typical...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The four stars are for the missing English translations for most information boards. The documentation is very accurate and the bomb shelter simulation is impressive. For those who know the details of operation Husky or would like to know more this museum is a must....More

1  Thank ap_dsk
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

A truely eye opening representation of how a few oppresive leaders can turn human ingenuity against itself and squander lives and technical advancement to cause individuals to destroy one another. In the end we're all human under the uniforms. Now walking freely around Catania it's...More

1  Thank Rev42
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Great museum that has a fine collection of uniforms and weapons from the period. Also has recreated the 'Feel' of the period with replica buildings with original contents. Glad I came here to see this important museum about the Allies invasion of Sicily.

1  Thank Mike S
Reviewed 27 May 2017

As others have noted, this museum is best experienced with a guide who speaks your native language. While it includes much of the typical World War II memorabilia, it also strives to illustrate the impact of the Allied invasion of Sicily on the average resident....More

2  Thank WHGC
Reviewed 11 May 2017

If you are an English speaker, this museum is best seen with a guide. It strives to portray what it meant and felt like to be in Sicily from the outbreak of WWII, through to the 1943 Allied invasion -- Operation Husky. The simulated bomb...More

1  Thank JCH1950
Reviewed 1 May 2017

This museum tells the many World War II stories involving the people, politics and fighting in Sicily. There are many displays of the various uniforms worn and equipment used during WW II. Could have used a few more English translations on some of the displays,...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 26 April 2017

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.

Thank NorskemanHouston
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 5 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,...More

1  Thank MayaAngel13
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cathsheen
9 February 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
3 July 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
21 April 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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