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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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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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  • The Memorial and museum in Caen is a touching tribute to the thousands who liberated France from the Germans. You can get a guided tour from here out to the cemetery and beaches. My favorite thing in ...  more »
  • This Museum is a beautiful memorial focusing on events in Normandy in the summer of 1944. The beautiful facility and their guides tell the story of the origins of the WWII conflict effectively through...  more »
  • You can't say you've visited Europe and France if you haven't been here yet! One of the most important pages of the human being's history is there to visit...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely amazing experience. So much detail. Give yourself a full day to go through everything. The restaurant is outstanding as well.
  • Excellent for groups, families, and individuals. Easy to navigate, multi-lingual exhibits and cinéma. Large selection in bookshop. Incredibly helpful staff. Cafeteria and restaurant on premises. Public restrooms as well.
  • One of the best museums I have been to. From the first view to the gardens out the back. It is exceptional. Very highly recommended