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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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A moving trip into history

We visited this museum as group from our Twinning organisation between Holton leClay in Lincolnshire and Sarge-les le Mans in France. The English group guide gave an amazing trip... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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tetney,grimsby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We visited this museum as group from our Twinning organisation between Holton leClay in Lincolnshire and Sarge-les le Mans in France. The English group guide gave an amazing trip into history which brought the period alive for us and we very much enjoyed this. We are a mixed age group and all gained something from the visit. They have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a must-see museum when visiting Normandy. We spent 3 hours there and only saw about half of the exhibits. It is very well done and well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Caen Memorial is a stark rectangular structure located 10 minutes from the Pegasus Bridge and 15 minutes from the D-Day beaches. The museum is entered through a small door in a long flat facade, which symbolizing the Allies' breach of the "impregnable" Nazi Atlantic Wall. The museum itself is entered via a descending spiral staircase ­ symbolizing the descent... More 

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Long Eaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a modern style museum that has been do e very well. The audio is defiantly worth getting and brings everything to life. It's just very well done and we would certainly recommend a visit. The cafe was also good with nice friendly staff.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My second visit to this Memorial and it is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Good English throughout and the headphones are great to fill in the details. Such a sad sad story but well told and very interesting.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Mémorial sets itself a daunting task, and performs it pretty well. The museum retells world history from 1920 to 1990. Inevitably, the coverage seems a bit thin in places. But the artifacts are well chosen. Rather than cases full of rifles, you see varied objects that make a point: an anti-Semitic comic strip from Nazi Germany, collaborationist posters from... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This was one of the first World War II museums that touched upon the end of World War I and the subsequent impact of the Treaty of Versailles and how that impacted World War II. The amount of actual paraphernalia and historical documents, equipment and other articles from the past is truly remarkable. The underground bunker out the back side... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We stopped here for a short visit and wish we could have spent far more time. The museum has different sections and we were unable to see some of them. If you can, allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours so you can take your time through the exhibits to read the displays. If you like WWII memorabilia, you will... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

An incredible collection of information and items from the 1st and 2nd World War, including part of the Berlin wall, uniforms, vehicles (even aeroplanes!) presented in a very interesting way. Definitely worth a visit. Easily accessible by bus from Caen city centre.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

THis museum is more about the war as a whole. What was interesting was that it took a French perspective. However, since I have a good general knowledge about WW2 I did not learn a lot or really get a fresh perspective.

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