Falaise Memorial

Falaise Memorial

Falaise Memorial
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Dedicated to the life and survival of civilians during the Second World War. 1000 m² of exhibition space acquainting you with the remarkable testimonies of those who survived, along with an outstanding collection of items they used in their daily lives and hitherto unseen archive material provided by the Caen Memorial Museum and the inhabitants of Falaise and its surroundings. Tablet computers troughout the museum and an innovating and immersive film offer an unprecedented & interactive experience.
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1-2 hours
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traveller123456277
Portsmouth, UK251 contributions
Good museum depicting another side of WW2
Oct 2019
This was an unexpected find on our travels - the outside of the building is a bit un-remarkable but inside is much better.
It tells the story of Falasie in WW2 - principally from a human point of view rather than a full on warfare point of view..
It is very good and has a good audio visual presentation at the end
Written November 17, 2019
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Christopher W
Ebbw Vale, UK440 contributions
Outdoor memorial
Oct 2019 • Friends
Memorial dedicated to the civilians of Falaise who survived the second world war, located within the lovely charming town of Falaise.
Written November 14, 2019
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Sheila W
10 contributions
Statue of William the Conquérant
Sep 2019
Just outside the castle, next to the Museum of how Falaise survived Second World War, the tourist information and the church which gave shelter to so many during the bombing.
Written September 29, 2019
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Mark
Melbourne, Australia212 contributions
William the Conqueror
Aug 2019 • Solo
I found Falaise to be a beautiful little city with some outstanding monuments & William the Conquerors birth place.
Arlettes fountain, the 5 dukes statue, Falaise Castle & the Cathedral were truly fantastic to see.
Great gift shop in Williams castle & easy parking all around the city.
Had a nice lunch at restaurant in the city centre & walked to all the monuments. I would recommend this city to anyone interested in Norman history.
Written September 13, 2019
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davenottinghamGB
nottinghamGB111 contributions
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is a VERY good (new) museum. It is also very informative and disturbing.
The displays tell visitors about the lives of people in France and especially Falaise during the War. It informs the visitor about the living conditions and experiences of civilians during the war.
Visitors can hire an audio guide which tells you about the rooms and the people at the time.
The final part of the visit is a film which again concentrates not on the armed forces but on the impact of the war on civilian life. At the end as the lights come on you can see beneath your feet the ruins (discovered as the museum was being built) of a house destroyed in the bombing.
This is a very sombre moment, visitors were very quiet as they left the projection room and were moved by the images.

Younger children may find little to hold their attention but teenagers would benefit from a visit and understanding what the population of the area suffered during the war.
Written August 2, 2019
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glance-to-leg
Nottingham, UK33 contributions
Brilliant museum
Aug 2018 • Family
This is a brilliant museum, sensitively-curated, which captures what life was like for the French under occupation, and shows the destruction wrought on Normandy by the Allies in an attempt to soften up the region for invasion. My wife and I are both academic historians who teach on WW2, and were hugely impressed. The information is displayed clearly. The final film, shown in a room constructed over a bombed out house, left both my older children (13 and 15), my wife and me moved to tears. (The nine year-old just wanted to get into the gift shop.) This is a brilliant and sensitive museum: the Imperial War Museum could learn a lot from it in its treatment of WW2.
Written August 28, 2018
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curlytail55
Cleethorpes, UK377 contributions
The personal acciunts were interesting
Aug 2018 • Couples
Unlike many other museums there are not a lot of artefacts about world war 2 but that is because it is not about the military but about the civilians experiences under German occupation, the French Vichy Government, the Allied invasion and their lives after the war. This makes the museum somewhat unique. There is a theatre on the ground floor set above a recreated bombed house but as bodies of the deceased are shown it may not be suitable for young children. I did not see a sign stating this. Although it is realistic as it vibrates during an air raid perhaps a few more artefacts here would make it more realistic. I found the small screens around the museum the most interesting where I could read the English subtitles of a few people's experiences. More people's views would have been even better but it certainly made you realise what these poor people went through. Almost all the exhibits have English, and possibly German translations. Headsets are also available for 3 Euros for further information. There is a lot of reading but in an interesting way, as well as personal computer screens. Very young children may become bored. Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 21, 2018
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Phillip W
St Helens, UK14 contributions
Great to visit and combine with the Castle
Aug 2018 • Family
Fell across the museum as we went to visit the birth place of William the Conqueror. A thought provoking experience of how our french allies suffered through World War Two. Multi-language guides available, will be 1/2 hours out of your day. Worth a visit!
Written August 15, 2018
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13_DBLE
Lake District, UK99 contributions
Sobering and Humbling
Jul 2018 • Couples
Forget rubbish like " 'allo 'allo" on the TV - This museum tells you what it was like to live in occupied France, as the nazi economic stranglehold took place and the French slowly starved. Sobering and thought provoking, well worth a visit if only to appreciate how easy we have life today. Only rated at four because when we visited there was no air con and the place was like an oven; still well worth a visit.
Written August 4, 2018
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Robby M
LaVale, MD223 contributions
Very nice museum on a topic not covered usually
Jul 2018 • Friends
I thought this was a very nice, modern museum which covers a topic that many museums don’t (at least in detail): civilians during the war. I thought it was an appropriate blend of artifacts and displays. The movie at the the beginning on the bombing was unnerving but good. Everything was translated in English. Lots of artifacts that were unique.
Written July 15, 2018
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