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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.
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Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The setting is a modern part of an old port city and has the feeling of the French architectural vision for new urban areas. The museum has nice grassy park, could enjoy a picnic. Better still, there is a bustling formal restaurant , only open for lunch unfortunately. The casual cafe is cramped. Nice building to walk through.They've done a... More

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Cambridge
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5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

When visiting the Normandy Beaches there are so many museums to visit (and we visited a number in the week that we were there) that it is hard to choose. We planned our visit for a day at the beginning of the holiday when heavy rain was forecast - and I am so glad that we did. The museum starts... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We visited' by accident' and didn't have enough time to look at all the exhibitions. It was suggested that to view the lot would take four hours. (cost about 20Euros per person). However we did have time to enjoy two free exhibitions - a walk around the British Garden and a visit the underground command post of General Richter, commander... More

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Hong Kong, China
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

We are not really museum lovers but the Memorial of Caen had us riveted from the start. We spent 4 hours there but could have easily spent more. Not your average museum experience, it tells the horrifying and sad truth about the First and Second World War and the Cold War. Certainly brushed up on my knowledge and also gave... More

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Anthem, Arizona
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55 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A really well done exhibit, the memorial of Caen is a detailed exhibit that takes visitors from the end of WWI (the seeds for WWII) through the Cold War. We spent 2-3 hours walking through, but one could easily spend an entire day. Food is available and the gift shop actually has some very nice and meaningful items. If you’re... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

My husband had the duck and I had the stuffed chicken. I think duck is an acquired taste, but it was well prepared. The chicken was delicious.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

With a free day to spend before returning to England, I booked a day trip for the Memorial and the D Day beach landings. Our guide was a French woman who had lived in Ireland for a few years and had an unusual French accent! Her narrative was interesting, informative and for once I was able to get my head... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Went for a weekend trip with my husband to the Normandy beaches. We took our dog with us. My husband spent 3 hours in the museum/exhibition. As I had the mutt who wasn't allowed in, we walked the grounds. This review is for the grounds only! The memorial is placed on a very large parcel of land, the English garden... More

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Mill Creek, Washington
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16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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