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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 15 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Mill Creek, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

No one should go to the beaches of Normandy without spending a day at the Caen Memorial. We spent 3.5 hrs there and could have spent more hrs there. Be sure to see the film that plays on a continual basis. It is located just to the right of the cashiers. There is no problem with language as it is... More

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64 reviews 64 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The museum is wonderful, horrifying, informative and very well laid out. We highly recommend both the full battle scene tour and our guide, Mario, who is very knowledgeable and passionate about teaching everyone about the fascinating history behind the D-Day invasion at Normandy.

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Perth, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We arrived at 10.10 am (opens at 10am) and finally walked out at 6.45pm so although € 19 entry seemed expensive, it was worth every euro. If you go to the 360 cinema at Arromanches (€5) you get €5 discount at the Museum if you present your 360 ticket. The wealth of information, layout and displays were exceptional - be... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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116 reviews 116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Be aware that you really need at least 2 and preferably 3+ hours to spend at this place. It is a fantastic exposition of the WW2 history relevant to Normandy, including not only the Battle of Normandy but the fall of France and subsequent German occupation. There is also material relevant to events in other parts of the world which... More

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Washington Township, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Within five minutes of beginning the exhibit, I was moved to tears, and this was before the split screen video!!! Another war, 20 years after "The War to End All Wars", is shown in all it's horror. The exhibition artifacts gathered are of such importance to the generations after us. It was heartwarming to see teenagers, visiting with their classmates,... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This museum gives a very wide persepctive of events before and after the 2nd world war. It starts with the first world war showing effectively the rise of the Nazis as a result. The museum is loaded with information. Everything is presented in an extremely interesting way. If you try to read every text and see all the videos and... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Too much to see and take in at one visit. We stayed 3 hours and saw only a small portion. A great deal of it was repeated and obviously very upsetting material to take in. Still failed to provide us with the answers around the futility of war and why mankind fails to learn lessons from past conflicts. The café... More

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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Serve as a witness to man's inhumanity to man through genocide, hot and cold wars; and continued inhumanity afterward. Fascinating, and in parts horrifying. I spent 8 hours here and wish I had spent 10. They have baby sitting and its very long for kids and some things would horrify them as they did me. I agree that the English... More

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Morgantown, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Visited the museum before our guided van tour of the Beaches. The museum is very spread out and we had to do a bit of backtracking to see the movies and outdoor tunnels. While I understand that we are at a museum in France, the museum must receive a good number of English speaking visitors from America and The United... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We spent five hours here and did not see everything. We did not go to the Cold War section...just too much. Expect to see photos, videos, personal letters from soldiers and artifacts. Much is disturbing..all is enlightening.

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