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“Superb location but museum disappointing for such an important and fascinating event”

Musee du debarquement
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen
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Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

The museum overlooks Juno beach and has a superb vista over the beach, with many parts of the "temporary" harbour still visible. My Dad was a 20 year-old RN officer in charge of a landing craft on D Day so I found the location particularly moving. He was also stationed in Arromanches at the end of the war for several months. The museum was really disappointing, given the fascinating stories associated with such an important event. Anyone going with children would find no attempt to appeal to them, to bring the stories to life. The displays had obviously been there for many years and it seems extraordinary that nobody checked the translation of the board displays, the English versions of which had several mistakes and odd phrases. There was little use of technology, which could have conveyed stories and detail for people particularly interested in some detail. The films could have been improved with clearer commentary and more vivid explanation. In the upstairs cinema, where headphones were used, the sound quality was poor. In Feb the place was still packed and we wondered why more of the entrance fees could not be spent on improving this experience.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The guides are offering guided tours in several languages all day long. The multimedia shows are very interesting and the static exposition offers a good overview of the D-Day. One of the best D-Day museum in the region

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Get in early before the groups arrive. There is a nice little shop inside the museum (but you will need to pay to get inside the shop (bit weird).

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Loved the cinema. Nothing bad to say about it at all. We were there the day after Armistice so everything was shut on the Monday after the 11th but because we were there for a few days it did not matter.

Thank Philip M
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Been to this museum many times before without problem, this time I was actually told (rudely) to be quiet by a member of staff who was taking a group of students on a lecture. This is despite the fact that she could be heard all over the museum and I was mearly talking about an exhibit to a friend about 5 mtrs away from her.

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