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Musee Dunkerque 1940
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Dunkirk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The entirely renovated museum is located in the fortifications that were built in 1874 to reinforce France’s coastal defence. Bastion 32 served as the headquarters for the French and Allied forces during the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. The Mémorial du Souvenir tells the incredible story of the battle and of the evacuation of more than 338.000 allied soldiers from the “Pocket of Dunkirk”. In the museum, you will discover a rich exhibition of maps, pictures and both allied and German military material. Scale models of the sites of the operation, uniforms and weapons complete the collection. A film using dramatic period footage, with a duration of approximately 15 minutes, gives an excellent overall view of the events of May-June 1940.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

Loved this little museum. Learned a lot about the Dunkerque evacuations. My partner's great uncle died defending the beach there so it was particularly moving for him. Would definitely recommend a visit. Easy to find and good parking.

Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Operation Dynamo”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Great value entry fee of 4 Euro . Short overview video in both French and then English, and then you can browse the displays of artecfacts and pictures of the incredible fighting withdrawal of over 300,000 Allied troops from the beaches and harbour of Dunkerque in May/June 1940. One is also made aware of the damage done to the town and it's people, something that it seems is not well know by foreign visitors. Free parking adjacent.

Visited June 2013
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279 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
“Very clean and well presented”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a small but interesting war museum. At 4 euros it is not expensive. On entry we were given a brief outline of the museum layout by a member of the staff. There is 12 minute film about the evacuation of Dunquerke which runs alternatively in English and French, which is well worth seeing. The museum has numerous exhibits and also some very interesting photographs on the walls. If you are travelling by car there is free parking across the street. Having previously visited another "museum" which was dirty and disorganised, this was a very pleasant change, treating the history and the exhibits with the respect they deserve.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank David L
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very informing”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

great time we found this place very intresting maybe visit again and spend more time we were not sure of what to expect but we enjoyed the short time we were the worth a look

Visited September 2012
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