Museum Dunkerque 1940 Operation Dynamo

Museum Dunkerque 1940 Operation Dynamo

Museum Dunkerque 1940 Operation Dynamo
4.5
Military MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Welcome to Dunkirk Museum 1940 - Operation Dynamo You will discover the complete story of the Battle of Dunkirk and of Operation Dynamo (26th May - 4th June 1940). The visit starts with a short archive movie. Then the exhibition consists of photos, maps, weapons, uniforms, vehicles, displays, and other artefacts from 1940 to give you a hint of what happened in Dunkirk in that time.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Paul_tyrrell82
    Gillingham, United Kingdom183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Humbling but wonderful experience
    The venue from the outside is very unassuming, you go inside and it is very humbling, the history and the story of what happened at Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo really did give you a lot to think of! The amount of items recovered and the stories included really did make me think! Well worth a visit if you love history and this is a big part of our history
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Mac D
    Chichester, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit to charge your world war 2 knowledge
    Spent about 1.25 hours here and the layout, quality of and breadth of memorabilia and background also in. English was extension. If you go to Dunkirk the main reason is the wars pivotal operation Dynamo, without getting our troops off the beach Britain would have been out of the war.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Che77London
    24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short but interesting visit
    Worth a visit if you have a spare hour. Interesting exhibits showing examples of weapons, clothing, vehicles etc. Watch the preview film at the start to set up the rest of the tour properly. Well organised exhibit with good restrooms and small shop.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Belladadventures
    Melbourne, Australia88 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent Museum with potential to offer more
    We visited this museum just prior to taking a private tour . I’m so glad we did. They have a fabulous collection beautifully displayed & a great deal of interesting information . My only complaint is we became a bit overwhelmed with reading the display information. Funding to supply listening devices ( in English) for a self guided tour would be an excellent inclusion & appreciated I’m sure for those with an interested in WW2 but who have only a little knowledge . The staff were also very pleasant & their English language capabilities were much appreciated
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Paul T
    Bracknell, United Kingdom154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The history behind the ill fated evacuation
    A true if slightly disjointed story of all the events from all aspects before and during the evacuation in 1940. The Dunkirk movie only tells the highlights, this is the full story, the exhibition follows the narrative from the fall of the European/ British forces and the chaos of the evacuation. Mainly artifacts dug up from the mud/ sand from all “sides”. An entry fee is payable, although we didn’t pay on the day as the whole of Dunkirk was celebrating Heritage Day. V small gift shop. No café, toilets on site. All on 1 floor so suitable for wheelchairs etc.Parking opposite the museum, a large memorial just outside. A truly thought provoking experience. A 10 minute walk to the beach with lots of eating establishments.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • David A
    Preston, United Kingdom494 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably worth a look
    On entering the museum, you start by watching a film about Operation Dynamo. This alternates between French with English subtitles and vice versa. It’s a really interesting film and lasts 12 minutes. The museum has many artefacts and has a great deal of information. The exhibits are interesting but a little too sanitised for me. Just another tourist point - on the approach there is a pay and display car park, but directly in front is a free car park.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Peter M
    Barwon Heads, Australia228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly good
    Better than we thought it would be. Lots of artifacts - weapons, uniforms, etc as well as facts and figures. Provides a timeline with explanations of the activities on the various days with maps showing the german, french and british lines day by day
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Gemma H
    Ampthill, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    Really informative. Learnt so much, very somber experience but a must visit. My 12 year old son enjoyed visiting too, and certainly came away with a lot more knowledge, empathy and understanding.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Fern
    Glasgow, United Kingdom574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must visit
    excellent museum, it is small but absolutely the best place to go to learn about dunkirk in the war. this was better than we expected and i would recommend visiting for 1-2 hours. there is a lot of parking directly outside, it is easily accessible.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2024
  • LondonAd
    London, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well curated museum
    Really well curated museum. Housed in a historically important building. Started with a 12 Min informative film. Then walked through the various room. I like that the info board tell the story in order and in detail. I am one for reading the info (English and french) but there are loads of artefacts to look at too. €15 for 2. I learned loads.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2024
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Vanessa L
Dublin, Ireland170 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Planned trip to day trip to Dunkirk special to see a couple of attractions, this being one of them. Closed for a week. Ugggh! No notice on website, however the people inside the building did look friendly as they waved as we read on a piece of paper stuck on the glass that the museum would be closed for a couple of weeks. Disappointing because we drove past Bruges to make a special trip to visit Dunkirk.
Written February 13, 2020
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Flaips
Bertrange, Luxembourg193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Great museum to portray and show this important historical moment in time.
Sadly, due to the current pandemic, the numbered boards cannot be done in order. This does not retract from the overall experience, though. The museum has set themselves up well to deal with the situation
Written August 21, 2020
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William M
Studley, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The museum is set in very pleasant surroundings and easy to find. The ticket staff were very patient and efficient.

The exhibits are set out in chronological order so you are given a day by day account of Operation Dynamo. Very thoughtfully described and there are QR codes so you can get extras in your own language (although I did not try this). The museum was smaller than I was expecting but thinking about it you are only looking at nine days of events. To try and ‘pad it out’ would probably spoil it.

There was a decent gift shop with rest facilities. Afterwards we walked through the Jardin des Sculptures and then into Dunkirk centre which took about half an hour.
Written September 12, 2022
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Informative museum with lots of information on the timeline and occurrence of Operation Dynamo and what took place on this same site in 1940. There's a short film when you enter which plays on a loop in French w/English subtitles then in English w/French subtitles. Some of the imagery isn't suitable for small kids though-as they tell you when you first enter. The museum is inside a command post/military bunker structure from the time of the war and the Dunkirk evacuation. It does a good job tracing the events as it happened. There are also some photos and items from the making of the movie Dunkirk here not too long ago. On static display are also a number of items (i.e. machinery, uniforms, weapons, armaments, vehicles, etc.) from the Operation.

Definitely worth the stop if you're a history buff. Afterwards, it's a very short walk to the beach and/or the mole and the beachside areas with many remnants from the 1940 battle that took place here.
Written September 1, 2022
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Paul_tyrrell82
Gillingham, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The venue from the outside is very unassuming, you go inside and it is very humbling, the history and the story of what happened at Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo really did give you a lot to think of!
The amount of items recovered and the stories included really did make me think! Well worth a visit if you love history and this is a big part of our history
Written July 29, 2023
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Mike T.
Derby, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This is a great little museum set in the building from which the Dunkirk Evacuations and battle was orchestrated. It's only small and yet it is packed with information. There are videos to watch, tons of items to see and a vast amount of information about the build up, the events and the legacy of the evacuation. I was a little worried as a Brit abroad that there might be language barriers but there was information in multiple languages including English. I learned plenty at this museum and had a great time. Would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in WWII history.
Written April 14, 2023
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The Mabon
United Kingdom411 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We did this museum as part of the 'Dunkirk' experience. Walked the beaches and monuments then came here. It costs €8 to get in. It is a small place but full of exhibits and information. We spent over an hour in there. There is a short film to start which give a good overview then walk around the exhibits. It is well laid out with a lot of relics from the time itself. Whilst there we noticed 2 groups of school children - nice to see the French teaching modern history.
Written February 11, 2023
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Janice_travels_lush
Whangarei, New Zealand89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Dioramas, artifacts and historical footage dramatically illustrate the 1940 evacuation of 400 000 allied troops following the Nazi invasion of Franch. The Museum also shows the effects of the war on the local population. This Museum is sobering and a reminder of the price of freedom.
Written June 1, 2023
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nigel r
Colchester, UK277 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
With a few hours to spend before the trip home this was an ideal find on a windy day making the beach very uncomfortable, though we did manage a walk along the prom to take in the spectacle. this proved a valuable precursor to our visit as it gave perspective to the very well set out museum profiling the evacuation of allied troops over 4 days 80 yrs ago. Very well laid out even our 4yr old grandson understood what had occurred plus it left us adults in a sombre mood on the futility of war. Well worth a visit.
Written June 1, 2023
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David A
Preston, UK494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
On entering the museum, you start by watching a film about Operation Dynamo. This alternates between French with English subtitles and vice versa. It’s a really interesting film and lasts 12 minutes. The museum has many artefacts and has a great deal of information. The exhibits are interesting but a little too sanitised for me. Just another tourist point - on the approach there is a pay and display car park, but directly in front is a free car park.
Written October 15, 2023
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