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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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The Memorial de Caen is an experience I will never forget. I went about 4 years ago with a group of students and it was great! They had this one exhibit that was a real... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Calvados, France
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Calvados, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The Memorial de Caen is an experience I will never forget. I went about 4 years ago with a group of students and it was great! They had this one exhibit that was a real multi-sensory experience where you walked into a room and an image faded into view as you approached with the sounds of marching all around you.... More 

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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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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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Simiane-Collongue, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We entered this Memorial at opening time. Passed the whole day. Cannot add much, go and see it you will learn.

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Dahlonega, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

As a French professor, I have been traveling to Normandy for more than 30 years, and to this museum pretty much since it opened 10 or 15 years ago. This was the first time I had been in five years, and quite a few of the displays had changed. The basic physical layout as well as the conceptual framework -... More 

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Clayton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you are in Caen, a visit to the Memorial is a MUST!!!! Block out plenty of time. Take the audio tour and pay attention. Best explanation of the reasons for the war and more clearly explained than any history book could do.

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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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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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