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“Great day out, particulary on rainy days”
Review of La Coupole

La Coupole
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Saint-Omer
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A secret base at the heart of Second World Wae history...A real underground town, constructed in 1943 and 1944 by the German army to go ahead with the launch V2 rockets on London, La Coupole is an exceptional site on which the destiny of Europe could have been played out...Today, it is an astonishing museum, a centre to gain an understanding of the historical and scientific stakes at play during the Second World War, from Occupation to the hidden face of space conquest. New! La Coupole now houses a revolutionary 3D planetarium. Sit insite the massive 360° room wearing your active 3D glasses and travel thtough the universe...
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Great day out, particulary on rainy days”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

This review is based on a visit with my family; 2 adults, 2 kids aged 3 and 6.

It's about a 30 minute drive from Calais and easily signposted. There's free car parking and a new visitor center with friendly staff. We started with the Planatarium which was great fun. We watched 15 minutes intro to the solar system in 3D, followed by a 3D movie on the history of rockets. The kids loved it; note: the solar system introduction is only in french. Headsets are provided for English for the main movie.

We then visited the Museum walking though large tunnels dug out of chalk, lots of historical information and eventually a lift up to the dome where they used to house the V5 rockets. The museum is great, and the kids will enjoy the various rocket exhibitions. However, a lot of the museum is dedicated to the memory of those who died in the way, particularly in the concentration camps. I found it very educational, and well presented (English descriptions against all pictures, and English headsets for the various displays). However, my children were too young to understand or to treat those parts of the museum with respectful silence.

It's a great find, and very happy we visited.

Visited May 2013
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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“Worth visiting”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Well worth going to marvel at the work that went into the construction of the facility. You are provided with a headset which activates at the various exhibits. You need to allow at least 3 hours if you want to see all the various films on offer.

Visited May 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great museum.”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Always wanted to visit this site, passed it many times over the years, and finally got the chance. A great experience, good film shows great exhibits, good to learn more about the V1 & V2 in more detail. The site is quite large with adequate parking, toilets and a cafe inside. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited May 2013
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“Not just V1s and V2s - would strongly recommend”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

I was attracted by the association of the site with the V2. The Coupole is a huge concrete dome constructed as a launch site for V2s in WW2. I was not disappointed by the site - an imposing edifice with a network of underground tunnels - or the contents and media available about V1s, V2s and rocketry / space flight. However there was also a wealth of material about the impact of WW2 on the Pas de Calais region plus because forced labour was used to manufacture the missiles there was extensive coverage of the Nazi atrocities against Jews and other groups.
We arrived at lunchtime and had not exhausted what the museum has to offer when we left at closing time. There is also a planetarium which we didn't include in our visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Not to be missed - interesting for all agesHighly recommendedGood value for money to see museum and planetarium :)”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We bought a family ticket for €40 for the planetarium and the War Museum = good value for money :)
Allow a good 3/4 hours

Museum
Very interesting for our children aged 13&9 to see in detail the scale of the war and how powerful and crazy Hitler was - they have both studied WW1 & WW2 at school, but they don't teach them things like this.
We feel its important for them to know these things: this is what will help prevent it happening again!

Very emotional place and yes disturbing at times with the photos of the terror that Hitler created and mass destruction.
Our children wanted to see this.
They were very respectful and appreciated more how the Wars affected people.

It's worth buying the guide book after to read up in and take in the information.

Planetarium = 1 hour - great you can book your time slot upon arrival.
For us it was ideal to do this after the museum thus having a rest and leaving in a more positive note - especially for the children!

Absolutely fantastic, aimed at children and adults with funny characters, easy to take in and awesome visual / audio displays.
Only disadvantage is the first 20 mins is only in French, however, you could hear the passion in the lady's voice who guided you through the planets.
The rest you have head sets.

Whole site:
Disabled / Wheelchair Access is great :)
Staff = Very helpful
Easy to navigate
Good displays
Clean and very well maintained
Cafe is good

Visited April 2013
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