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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 13 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

I took my two sons here on a very wet Monday in August. Unfortunately it seemed that everyone else in the region had the same idea and the queues for the tickets, exhibitions and the cafe were all very long. However, this shouldn't detract from the quality and quantity of the exhibitions. We began with the exhibition which started from... More

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The detail that the memorial goes is very comprehensive. Its also a very moving experience. I would say that the listening devices they rent out are a must.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I was under time constraints so I visited mainly the main exhibition (WW2 and the period between the WW1 and WW2). I lent a audio guide with me so mainly I listened to some parts and read the text plaques. The place tells the story in a very interesting way (it's definitly not the first time I hear about the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our holiday of this year had as theme World War I and II. So, we started in Ypres. In Caen we visited the Memorial. Although the information is overwehelming (and sometimes too much) it was a very impressive visit. You have to choose what you will examine more closely and what supeficial. By doing that you avoid being "overloaded'. We... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I confess that prior to my visit I had a (not very detailed) anglicised view of WW2 so for me this was interesting to read and hear a fact based account from another angle (if you're very knowledgeable about WW2 then you'll probably already know most of what is here). If you're not French, you really should hire an audio... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's OK, but if you are already well informed on WW2, there is not much to learn about the conflict here. I would recommend going straight to the beaches instead.

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I'm being a little harsh with my rating but I found the memorial lacked the ability to pull me into the action. The sheer quantity of information is absolutely overwhelming and quickly becomes overkill: Massive quantities of texts to read, and audio guide that was dry and fact-y to a fault, and a line-up of photos, relics, letters and videos... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We came from Paris in the morning with an early train and went back in the evening with the last train. Compared to the tour buses, instead of spending 8 hours in a huge bus, you can spend a whole day in Caen and visit the museum, they also have tours of the landing places, we did the afternoon tour... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Worth a visit if you have a few hours in Caen. It's lengthy and can be quite intimidating when busy. It was! You need to go in with an open mind, remembering that this was over almost 70 years ago. If not, you could emerge hating one or two of our European partners!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It is a most interesting and absorbing museum, but also rather harrowing in parts. There are films to watch, realia to inspect and many, many photos and articles to read.

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