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Via Claudio Monteverdi, 15
Post code I-95131 Catania Sicily Italy
Tel. 0039 (0) 95 7465230 - Fax 0039 (0) 95 7465230

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The Museum of the Landing in Sicily-1943 is situated in Catania in viale Africa. It was established in 2000 by Catania regional Province, that is the owner of the building. The works of execution have been entrusted to the architect Gaspare Mannoia.

The museum exstends on a surface of 3000 square metres and stands in the building "Le Ciminiere" that is the place of sulphur-mines rescued from Catania thanks to the architect Giacomo leone. He has combined architectonic modernity and historic memory of the place. This model of industrial archaeology which appears above the sea, today is the centre not only of the museum of the Military landing and the cinema museum, but also a centre of meeting and cultural initiatives.

The museum of the landing in Sicily is a didactic museum that throughout the reproduction of frameworks like a little quarter of the epoch and of environments destroyed by the bombing, lead the visitor towards the awareness and knowledge of the history.
Along the route photographic and textual posters show the American advance, while some monitors show images of the advance of the American and British Troops.

In the first floor there is the octagonal hall. The octagon, that is a computerized structure enlivened by lights and colours, simulates the allies’ advance. On the four walls there are other monitors that project images of destroyed towns as Palermo, Messina and Catania. The route continues with the exhibition halls: military uniforms and weapons of the period. The Testimony hall is a very interesting stay of the Museum route for many young man and women and adults.This is the testimony hall of men and women who lived the landing in Sicily. From the beginning of 2006, it has enriched the route of the Museum. In the second floor five wax statues, moulded by the English craftsmen, reproduce Roosvelt, Winston Churchill, the King Vittorio Emanuele III, Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. There is also the reproduction on real scale of the tent with the personages that on the 3rd September 1943 in Cassibile signed the armistice: the general Giuseppe Castellano and the Commander Bedell Smith.
The route ends with the image of the British Cemetery near Catania, where the remains of the fallen rest. On a bright panel, placed on the feet of a sculpture in bronze, the names of the fallen flow. 

The Museum of the Landing in Sicily: "Le Ciminiere" cultural and exhibition centre viale Africa -piazzale Asia telephone: 095.4011929 - 095.533540. Visiting hours: the museum is opened every morning, except on monday, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The museum opens also during Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Full fare: € 4,00 Reduced-rate ticket: € 1,00 groups (at least 10 persons), groups of students and visitors younger than 18 and older than 60.

Catania Hotel La Ville - Via Monteverdi, 15 - Post code I-95131 - Catania Sicily Italy
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