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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 #3 of 18 attractions in Caen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Fatehpur
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Very interesting exhibits and many films. Plan on spending most of the day there. Bring a picnic and eat outside on the grounds, weather permitting. If not, there is a cafeteria.

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a most Phenomenal place to visit. It is inspiring, moving and complete in its story of war. It is truly a museum of peace. It is not a place to fit into a days schedule. One does need a whole day to experience all it has to offer. As we approach 70 years since D day it is... More

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

A superb way to wrap up our visit to Normandy, before catching Caen/Ouistreham ferry back to Portsmouth, England. Easy to find with dedicated, excellent free parking in pleasant parkland on city outskirts. Glad we had done the beaches on our own - plus the awesome Arromanches 360 movie - prior to this, to give it context. It starts with WW1,... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

During a recent trip I visited over 30 museums, memorials and battlefields related to the Battle of Normandy. This is by far the best. As a matter of opinion, the Memorial of Caen captures the truth of war and the specifics of Normandy and Caen far better than our very own National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The skill of... More

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Fareham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This was the third time I have been here and there is always something different to see. The Typhoon hanging in the entrance foyer is stunning.

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St. Helier, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The museum is very moving. Everyone should visit to understand in detail how WW2 affected France. The signs are in English, French and German so easy to read and understand the museum. There is also the option for audioguides.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This museum tells the whole story of the D-Day landings, the campaign in Normandy, and beyond. It is completely absorbing and moving.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We visited museum and also took a guided tour to the D-Day beaches. The guided tour was great and very informative, maybe a bit too short and fast, but considering the fact that on the same day we also had to visit the museum you just can't stay longer on the beaches. After short lunch in cafeteria we started watching... More

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Worcester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We visited here with our eleven month old baby so didn't spend as long as we could have. Buggies aren't allowed in the museum but I think they loan/hire out baby carriers (we had our own). The museum is laid out so you follow a path through the various areas which cover a wide array of war based topics. The... More

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Kew Gardens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We took the 111 euro tour on June 10, 2012. Our wonderful guide, Jean Francois, first took us to the Mémorial de Caen Museum where we toured the Museum, and were treated to a wonderful lunch. Then Jean Francois took us in a minivan, visiting the German Bunker sites at Longues-sur-Mer and the artificial harbor the British constructed at Arromandes.... More

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