Memorial de Caen, Caen

4.4
A modern museum focusing on World War II and the Cold War, Memorial de Caen was built in 1988. It charts the events leading up to and after D-Day, and is an emotional presentation inviting meditation on the thought of Elie Wiesel: "Peace is not a gift from God to man, but a gift from man to himself." The Memorial for Peace also includes an exhibit of Nobel Peace Prize winners and another on conflict resolution in different cultures. Make Memorial de Caen a centerpiece of your Caen vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Caen travel itinerary planner .
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  • The Organization of this ensemble is remarkable. It gives a fuller view of this landing period, which is not limited to 6 June. In addition, we appreciated the development of the impact on the populations. To see absolutely and to foresee time.
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  • We spent 4 hours at the museum and it wasn't long enough; that shows how good it is. It has pre-1945, post-1945 and Battle of Normandy sections in the main museum and don't forget to visit the old Ger...  more »
  • the price is prohibitive with in addition a supplement for the audio guide, which makes the activity rather expensive. few collector's pieces and lots of posters. difficult to identify with the period. the films broadcast are unfortunately with images seen and reviewed.... nothing new.... the bunker is without any interest... There are actually other museums with much more "living" themes than this one.
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  • Very informative. Great displays for WWI, WWII, and the Cold War. All exhibits were good. Some were rushed or felt like they jumped sections (for instance, going from mid-WWII to the end). The bunker was slightly disappointing as I believed it was more of a rustic bunker. Lots of cool and authentic artifacts, films, and informative plaques.
  • This is an outstanding museum. Especially for Americans French, or English who are interested in the history of WW2 and a refresher on why we have democracy in Europe today. A spellbinding history lesson for everyone.
  • Suggestions on other sites of only needing maybe 3 hours here ... you definitely need longer than that. We were here all day and went round all the bits of the museum and exhibitions, the bunker, the gardens and listened to the audioguide. Excellent, well thought out and informative museum.
  • I think the museum is a bit overpriced compared to what other world war two museums in Bretagne offer. What we appreciate is that information was presented in a chronological way, it was very detailed and events were well described. In my opinion is a bit too much text and too little entertaining. You should take your self one day to read text on the walls. Do not miss the bunker.
  • This was a very thorough museum with more than enough to do. We could have easily spent more than one day here. But there is so much to do in Normandy. Try going to the movie first, since it can get crowded. The food in the cafeteria was better than expected, so don't be afraid to eat lunch here. Don't forget to go outdoors to the exhibit outside as well.
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