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Memorial of Caen

Address: Esplanade General Eisenhower | CS 55026, 14 050 Caen, France
Phone Number: 332 31 06 06 45
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Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip
85%
Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Caen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Owner description: From the origins of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining
Owner 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you have to visit one museum in Normandy, this should be the one. Its exhibits are EXTENSIVE but thorough. It begins with the roots of WWII and takes you into the Cold War. Many military campaigns are shown with the emphasis on D-Day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

We began our trip with 3 days in Paris. On day 4, we took a train to Caen, arriving just before 9am. We had booked a full-day tour, including a guided tour of the D-Day beaches. We were met at the station by museum representatives, and transported by bus to the museum. Our guide, Rosine, led us through the portion... More 

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FL
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Caveat - we were here around the 70th anniversary of D-Day so crowds may have been more than usual. The museum has a fairly detailed history of the time period/events after WWI that ultimately lead up to WWII but the presentation in some areas made it nearly impossible to get through in a timely fashion. The visit starts in a... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Allow at least 3-4 hours to see this museum and film exhibits. Even self described WWII experts will come away with new insights/information. Combine this with a visit to Omaha Beach visitors center and Cemetary to honor the fallen heroes.

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Saudi Arabia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Most of the presentation was in French and I was not impressed with them displaying the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour. I expected much more of the local war event and most of the museum was in pictures and a few films (in French) We tired to eat at the restaurant but it was closed. The food at the café... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was our first stop on our D-Day beaches tour. It was a pretty good museum to get an idea of the war from the European perspective. We are American and always learn about WWII from our lens. This was refreshing. The price was slightly high for the size of the museum (average but not large). We were easily able... More 

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Alencon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Fantastic museum of the world wars that pulls no punches. This is certainly no glorification of war, it promotes the reasons to work for peace.

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Elk Grove, California
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Highly recommend the van tour. Our guide Prisca was friendly, patient and extremely knowledgeable. This is a must see dont miss!

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Kickatinalong
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37 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

For me, this place has high moral values by not trying to take sides in the minutia of ww2, rather it projects a VERY French perspective on its impacts, to all sides. However, for me, it is set up for school kids rather than adults. Rather than objects and stories of the conflict at the dirt and dust level, this... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Just an amazing museum. Such an informative and interesting memorial that was at times graphic, but honest of the 'total war'. We had a 17 month old child and were doing cartwheels when we were informed that there was a nursery that looked after her for free for 4 hours. It gave us the opportunity (and those around us) to... More 

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