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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 12 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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Vancouver
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139 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The name of this museum, Memorial Museum for History and Peace, indicates its purpose. The hope is that by remembering the horrors of war, a world war will not occur again. This museum focuses on WWII - the lead up to WWII, the battles, effect on civilians, the aftermath, and, then, the Cold War. We almost had to decide in... More

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Wales
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The tickets are expensive, but they are valid for 24 hours so you can come back the following day if you haven't finished going around the Memorial. This is not a place for primary school aged children, there is too much for them to take in and the exhibits and information are aimed at teenagers and adults. We spent 6... More

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Canvey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

So moving - So interesting - So well put together - So very emotional - You must see the 15 minute film of The D. Day Landings - So very moving - OUR POOR LADS !!!

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

You must go and see! Very moving and well just cool. Gives a great history to what happened. Go and see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We bought the day package deal from Paris Link (or Link Paris?) it included the train ride from Paris, transportation to and from the train station, the guided museum tour, lunch (which was delicious, stuffed baked chicken, fries, dessert and wine) a guided tour of the beaches of Normandy and then the cemetery. The museum itself was amazing. But the... More

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A really good and wide ranging overview of all kinds of memorials. I commend this to you all as it goes further than the WW 2 stuff m

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Coventry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

You can easily spend the best part of a day here. It cover a history of conflicts through from the first world war to the cold war era. Many of the pictures leave you emotionally drained, especially where children were involved. It was much more than I had expected, and not just focussed on the battle for Normandy - slightly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Too many museums appear to be a collection of artifacts thrown together with a few plaques. Some of the Normandy sites dwell on the sequence of events in a particular part of the D-Day invasion. The Memorial de Caen is more ambitious than that and gave my kids a whole new perspective on the historical context leading up to WWII.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is a fascinating Museum with a vast array of exhibitions, displays and films. It does not glorify War in any way, but rather shows the experiences of everyone living through those terrible years, whether in the trenches, on the home fronts, the evacuees, resistance, collaboraters etc. etc. The information panels are all in French/German/English. There were guided tours and... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Thie museum covers all aspects of the Normandy Invasion from the politics leading to the war to General Richelieu's bunker, over which the museum is built. It tells the story of the need, plans, and execution of the invasion, including all perspectives, and even the design of the building contributes to the effect. This is a big museum. I started... More

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