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Memorial of Caen

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Address: Esplanade General Eisenhower | CS 55026, 14 050 Caen, France
Phone Number: 332 31 06 06 45
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Description: From the origins of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall...
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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Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

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Comprehensive Museum - Don't Forget To View The Underground Bunker

This was one of the first World War II museums that touched upon the end of World War I and the subsequent impact of the Treaty of Versailles and how that impacted World War II... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This was one of the first World War II museums that touched upon the end of World War I and the subsequent impact of the Treaty of Versailles and how that impacted World War II. The amount of actual paraphernalia and historical documents, equipment and other articles from the past is truly remarkable. The underground bunker out the back side... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We stopped here for a short visit and wish we could have spent far more time. The museum has different sections and we were unable to see some of them. If you can, allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours so you can take your time through the exhibits to read the displays. If you like WWII memorabilia, you will... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

An incredible collection of information and items from the 1st and 2nd World War, including part of the Berlin wall, uniforms, vehicles (even aeroplanes!) presented in a very interesting way. Definitely worth a visit. Easily accessible by bus from Caen city centre.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

THis museum is more about the war as a whole. What was interesting was that it took a French perspective. However, since I have a good general knowledge about WW2 I did not learn a lot or really get a fresh perspective.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Do you want to know the origin or the triggers of the WWII then go to this museum. They will explain in a very clear way all the triggers and conditions that enable tiranic regimes like Hitler's, Mussolini, Franco, Petain and the Japanese empire to do what they did. If you want to learn from the history to avoid the... More 

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I went here at the end if a group tour of the Normandy beaches. It was well presented and informative. We were there for more than 2 hours but could have stayed longer. As well as the description of the DDay landings there was also quite a bit on the Japanese side of the war which I knew little of... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A must if you are going to do the beaches, or even just near by. Being a Canadian, and a history buff, I absolutely loved this place. The bunker, tank, MIG fighter, but most importantly, the memorials. The Canadian memorial made me proud to be Canadian, and made me truly realize where I was. (Yes, I cried). A Must see.

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A great overview of the D-Day beaches. Beautiful memorials except the American one. It was a disgrace..

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

In 2008 we visited this museum on our ay back to Paris. We could have stayed much longer. The movie about the Battle of Normandy was very good.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Ignoring the tacky "statue" on the way in, this museum is large and impressive and well worth visiting. The exhibits are well set out and there are some additional sound effects which help to recreate the build up to WW2. There is a shop and a very good self-service restaurant with friendly staff. If pressed for time leave out the... More 

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