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Musee Dunkerque 1940
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Dunkirk
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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.
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We recently visited this exhibition whilst in Dunkirk, and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of the British/French evacuation in 1940. The collection is housed in what used to be fortifications constructed in 1874 to strengthen the French coastal defence. It appears to be manned by volunteers, and has been lovingly put together to show the story of what was both an incredible and terrible event during the Second World War. Admission is only 4 euros each, and it is worth twice that or more. There are hundreds of exhibits, many which have been uncovered from the beaches or even underwater where ships/boats rested as they sank following German bombing. The tour starts with a ten minute film, alternately in French/English detailing the events of those few days. Some of the images have been colour restored, making them even more poignant. There are another two films, on smaller screens in other rooms, giving powerful visual footage which reinforces the writings on the wall, the posters, the photographs and all the relics from seventy years ago. This is truly history brought to life.There is ample parking opposite and you can expect to spend about an hour inside. Very highly recommended.

3  Thank Nicky C
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a small museum with a very friendly welcome from its staff. It isn't expensive - four euro for an adult, children under 12 free - and will take between an hour and an hour and a half to visit, including the 12 minute introductory film which shows regularly in French and English. There is a lot of information about Operation Dynamo and interesting artefacts. I found the reproductions of the newspaper front pages of the period very interesting as was the examination of Nazi propaganda concerning the evacuation - some of which persists today.

Overall a very worthwhile and informative visit. The museum was difficult to find however, and not well signposted - possibly because the area is being redeveloped. There is plenty of free parking directly opposite.

2  Thank Sarah E
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

This museum is a very nice dedication and overview of the battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. The exhibits are in four languages, which was much appreciated. The dioramas and films are very nice, although not very updated with regard to presentation. Looking through the entire museum only took about an hour and half and I am one of those people who reads every placard, etc. One thing I appreciated is how they were very supportive of all questions and were more than ready to help with translation, understanding, and insights. Another exciting thing about this museum is how close it is to where many of the events took place. The 'jete' where much of the action took place is less than three blocks from the museum and an easy walk. Please know they do not take credit and accept only cash. The location also offers a great look at the beach of Malo sur Bains, where much of the evacuation took place. the museum, the trip to the memorial and walk along the jetty took me less than two and a half hours. If you are there before the end of September, they have a nice pedestrian area on the beach that was very nice as well. After that you might want to go to the museum inside the city with its display of sailing ships and light house ship.

2  Thank Tanksmon
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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.

3  Thank Lairdywinkles
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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.

3  Thank Aglassortwo
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