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. Make Memorial of 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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  • Take the time to visit the memorial and go back in history. Children past them as a good time thanks to the questionnaire that was submitted and but also to the audio guide. Do not hesitate then to go on the coast in the footsteps of d-day.
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  • Rich in emotions and information visit! Impossible to come to stay in Caen and do not plan to go to the Memorial. We had prepared our visit through the information on the website of the place (including the inability to visit with a stroller but the option to use a baby carrier - and they also kindly let us change our baby to the) daycare). And what visit! A wealth of content, explanations, the chronology is well thought and allows us to remember details of the story sometimes forgotten, and find others. Illustrations, pictures, videos (including testimonials that are impossible to forget...), everything is done to ensure a successful immersion. We enjoyed our visit off-season, quiet, which has allowed us to take our time. The cost of entry is high (€ 19,90 per adult), but the place is a must.
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  • Our time in Caen was mostly dedicated to to visiting Juno Beach to get the Canadian perspective. Stopping in at this museum on the way back into Caen was the icing on the cake. Well presented and docu...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An excellent museum, and a great place to start off a Normandy visit. Covers WWI through the end of the Cold War, with obvious emphasis on WWII. Allow yourself plenty of time for this one.
  • Awesome place... sobering but learned a lot... Great start to D Day tour....

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Where to stay in Caen

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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