Memorial of Caen, Caen

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A modern museum focusing on World War II and the Cold War, Memorial of 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. To visit Memorial of Caen on your trip to Caen, use our Caen itinerary maker.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Memorial in Caen is impressive; built on top of a former German bunker it tells the story of the German occupation and the liberation of France (not just D-Day and Normandy). Collection of war mem...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    I was lucky to show up at 5:30, when the ticket cost is reduced to 10 euro. I got the audio guide, and I'm not sure if it was worth it. As far as museums go, I much prefer the Churchill museum in Lond...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Very interesting Museum for adults and children. Simple and explicit explanations. Super interesting! Only small problem, very important waiting in cash (we went there on rainy days).
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  • September 4, 2017
    Stupendously crafted and curated museum. Overwhelmingly so, to be honest. The experience is incredible and vastly detailed - a historian's dream. Mixed media and history viewed through multiple angles make this a conclusive and deep experience. Truly a must see when visiting the area for anyone with an interest in the defining wars of the 20th century and all the sociopolitical implications of such.
  • July 24, 2017
    Truly a fantastic museum. We spent 5 hours here and it wasn't enough, so I'll have to come back some day... I really love the depth and the thoroughness of the way the gruesome story about World War II got told. Normally after 1 or 2 hours in a museum I get sedated, but I could have spend all day here. Also make sure to pay attention to the other expositions (for instance about the Cold War) and the movie about World War 2.
  • June 24, 2017
    This is a museum that really gives context to the war and the dark times that led up to it. It doesn't pull any punches, and to that end, they even offer a free childcare service for those with young children. That way, can you can drop off children under ten before visiting the area with more sensitive or violent material and pick them up after. I was impressed that they had the German headquarter bunker open to visit just underneath the museum. We loved the food at the cafeteria, so it was a we'll spent afternoon.
  • September 4, 2017
    Wonderfully informative exhibition of WW2 and D-day events plus Holocaust info. Plan on spending a minimum 5-6 hours there.
  • May 31, 2017
    Nice museum, learned a lot about the history of the world just before and during WW2. The museum also has a nice exhibit section on the Holocaust. Lots of good short videos throughout the exhibits in museum. The videos cycle between English and French; there were no subtitles unfortunately, but each video should be both in English and French.

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A sizable city, Caen offers a wide range of accommodations to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Hotels are the most varied and plentiful option, with several offering convenient central locations and multilingual staff. If you’re interested in a more relaxing retreat, consider staying in a bed and breakfast. These often charming establishments tend to be located in quieter residential areas or in the city’s outskirts. Budget-conscious travelers may want to opt for a nearby campground or the city’s youth hostel, while large groups can save money by sharing a vacation rental.
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