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“Best Second World War museum ever”
Review of Memorial of Caen

Memorial of Caen
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Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket with Optional Audio Guide
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen
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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and...
Ranked #1 of 50 things to do in Caen
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed November 22, 2012

This was one of the best museums I have ever visited by far. It has an extraordinary time line, explaining the previous events in Europe that produced the appropriate environment for Hitler to win the elections in 1933. And then, a very detailed and graphic compilation of Second World War documents, circumstances, food, clothes, maps.....the political, sociological and psicological situation in each of the corners of Europe. And of course, a tribute of information and respect for the Jews tragedy. I liked it very much. Worthy to come back to France again.

Thank AOrozco
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

very well laid out. tells the history of France during the war in a very moving way.
Every body should try to see this. you should allow a good two hours to get the most out of your visit.

Thank carole499476
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

This by far was the best museum I visited the whole weekend. It is full of information. I highly recommend getting an audio guide. It costs a little bit more.. I think 3 or 4 dollars, but listening adds a little bit more information to the tour. There was also a film at the end, but did not have time to see it. It was included in the price of the ticket. We spent just over 4 hours in the museum. I regret not taking advantage of seeing the film. So a tip. Go early in the morning to the museum. It takes a while to go through, especially if you are the type of person that likes to read everything. This museum is a must see if you are in the Caen area.

Thank aupairJ
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The place is very rich in terms of the amount you have to see. It is better to try and just concentrate on a little bit of the museum than to run from one thing to the other as the latter option will just show you what you already know.
They have a nursery for children up to the age of 10 so that you may visit freely. It's a free service! Which means you can enjoy it without having to deal with your 3 year old wanting a cuddle, but you can enjoy it with the other people's kids running all over the place!
Really enjoyable experience... + you learn masses.

Thank Schoolbee
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

After researching a variety of D-Day Tour options, we selected the D-Day Tour sponsored by the Memorial de Caen museum. Caen took a heavy toll during WWII when an intense bombing campaign destroyed 70% of the city so the museum is dedicated to peace.

Ordering the tour was easy at the museum’s website. However, here are two tips:
1. Inform your credit card company that you are making a transaction in Euros on a French website prior to ordering. This way your transaction will not be rejected.
2. The confirmation comes several days later via e-mail. The website's order handling has a lot to be desired. I did not receive a confirmation of my order, I was sent to a bank site that stated my credit card had been accepted. However, an e-mail did arrive with details about the trip a few days later. Bring this with you since this is the only confirmation you will receive and you need to show a "voucher" to the tour guide.

We arrived at the Caen train station and waited in the central meeting point as advised by the museum. The tour guide arrived on time, with a sign with our names, and we quickly were escorted to the museum.

The museum looks very interesting, however, the guided tour was heavy on lecture (which was very informative), but light on actually seeing artifacts in the museum. Although we did have about 45 minutes to tour the museum on our own after lunch, it really was not enough time to see it.

After lunch in La Terrasse restaurant, we were taken around in a minivan, which gave the opportunity for the small group (7 people) to hear and ask questions. We had the opportunity to see:

Arromanches's artificial Mulberry harbor
By June 9, two harbors named Mulberry "A" and "B" were constructed at Omaha Beach and Arromanches. However, a large storm on June 19th destroyed the American harbor at Omaha. The harbor at Arromanche’s was used heavily for 8 months, despite the fact it was only to last for 3.

The German battery of Longues-sur-Mer
The site consists of what is left of the original four 152-mm navy guns, enclosed in large concrete casements. The underground bunkers are not vieweable.

The American war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer
The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha beach and the English Channel and is a solemn place that is the final resting place for more than 9,000 people. France has granted the United States a special concession to the land occupied by the cemetery, which makes it US soil.

Omaha Beach
Omaha beach itself is more than 5 miles long. We were given some time to look at the surrounding area and go down to the beach itself. I would have liked the tour to have spent a bit more time in this area, but due to time constraints, this seemed to me to be the shortest stop.

Pointe du Hoc
Four miles west of Omaha Beach is the cliff top which housed guns as part of the Atlantic Wall. The guns had been moved prior to the Ranger battalion assault in June 1944, but the devastation, by bombing, is very visible.

Our tour guide was very knowledable and the best part of the tour was the actual on-site visits.

For 111 Euros each, we were given good value for our money as we were:
• Picked up at the Caen train station
• Given a 2+ hour guided tour of the museum
• Watched a movie
• Ate lunch at the museum
• Spent 5-hours touring the landing beaches
• Given a small pamphlet on the D-Day landings (easy to pack in a suitcase)
• And driven back to the Caen train station and personally escorted to our train

6  Thank criancadodeus
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