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Memorial of Caen

Esplanade General Eisenhower | CS 55026, 14 050 Caen, France
332 31 06 06 45
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Caen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Military Museums
Activities: Dining
Description: From the origins of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Mémorial de Caen tells you the story of the XXth century.
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Flowery Branch, Georgia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

My son and I enjoyed our time at the museum. Most interesting part is the film that shows Allies and Axis split screen at D-Day. This is not a D-Day Museum per se, but is a war / peace museum. Interesting selection of artifacts. Get a map before going here, because GPS can't locate Esplanade General Eisenhower!

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I expected to spend an hour and was there for 5! Not only does this museum cover history of the Normandy landings, but a concise history of what led up to WW1 and then further conflicts since then. As well as exhibits there are photographs, videos and several film shows to reinforce one of the best history lessons I have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Im also a war buff and found that of all the museums in Normandy this one is certainly in the top, if not, the best. Excellent, comprehensive coverage of the war ample information for adults and children. Well laid out. Get the audioguide. I particularly appreciated their sections on the holocaust and the stories and diary entries from Jewish victims.... More

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very lively, lots to see with good Restaurant's. The best Restaurant in Caen is, Le Bistrot-Basque, try the house special ( Fantastic).Great Proprietor and Staff, best food and service in France. Dislikes, To many homeless beggars.

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washington dc
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Uh-oh. I can see that I have the minority viewpoint here on Trip Advisor. I'm a WWII buff and thought this museum did not even begin to approach its potential, despite trying. Tedious exhibits require repetitive close reading, and the silent film is all but useless. This museum is important enough to call in sophisticated curators from several countries for... More

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This museum was very moving. We didn't give ourselves enough time, so give yourself a day for this one. It was well worth the bus ride out!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

i really was blown out of my socks with this museum. If u like me that loves history and don't want to be desterbed for 4 hours whiles i am in a museum this is the place to go .This is really awesome i like the German side of the WW2 and what i find lacking in other museums about... More

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Geraldton, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Easy Access, Multi Lingual, Very Clean and beautifully presented. Great attention to detail. The availibility of multi lingual guides is a real plus for tourists.

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Torridon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This memorial centre is amazing. It takes you through each stage of the Second World War In clear & concise detail, with the advantage of English interpretation. Certain parts are upsetting but you can move on at any time. Although it was very busy when we went in August , we did not feel hassled in any way. It is... More

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Cambridgeshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This massive museum packs in a lot of interesting exhibits and needs several hours to do it justice. Lots of areas to chill, picnic etc.

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