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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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  • If we're to Caen this site is a must. It is a part of our history: the world before and after 1945, visit of the bunker, many movies on this time. Everything is perfectly achieved. A real success. On the d-day beaches tours are available from this site.
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  • The Memorial should make special days for schools/colleges/schools, as visiting this place of memory in the company of students yelling and gesturing is really exhausting and unbearable! I have to do the Constable then kids were laughing in front of a video about the Warsaw ghetto. NO DIGNITY! No reminder has the order of teachers! I have some myself alert carers of the lack of respect for their students...! I almost give up my visit so it was painful! I finally watched a movie time these kids spend their paths... It would the memorial shows students and companions that we aren't the Tintin Museum but in a place of memory? It is certainly obvious that when young people see their friends run over the graves in Verdun we can't ask them to be respectful...! Cats are not dogs! Therefore, teachers warn about the context of the visit, not to visitors...! Otherwise this museum is exciting, with lots of information, videos... I still wish I had documents on views of the German population that largely did not all these horrors! including thousands of women violated and tortured by the Communists in Berlin! So missing a part on the German people who also to suffered from the war. they were not all nazi and the population na not had many choices...
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  • Coming to Caen bypassing the Caen Memorial, it is not know more history of war and peace. Knowing that by misfortune history is renewed and there is still to learn.
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  • Thorough and interesting memorial, with a fairly detailed timeline from before WWII all the way to the end, and perhaps unsurprisingly yet somewhat regrettably, a slight yet particular focus on the French during the war. Overall very well produced and directed. Worth a visit.
  • . Come and see it, bring the family, and some kleenex too. I have visited this museum perhaps 15 or 20 times, mostly accompanied by 35 English teenagers. The only time that I have seen teenagers struck silent. However much you think you know about WWII, however much you prepare the youngsters, the reality of being there, seeing the exhibits, reading about it, watching the films, it still moves you, often to tears. Just be prepared for the harrowing exhibits. The more-than-life-size photo of the young teenage Jewish girl being hanged reduces many people to tears, including "cool" teenagers. They sometimes have outside, on loan from the States, a large statue representing the "V-J Day in Times Square" photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square in New York City, on August 14, 1945. Over the years since I first saw it in 1989 the Memorial has grown in size; I reckon it's too much to do in one visit. And it would be too emotionally draining too. So two visits to see it all. .
  • Very interesting. I recommend you all to visit the Memorial of Caen. It is important to know the history. There are a lot of stories to tell. They even have a cinema and few documentaries of second war. There is also a store with souvenirs and books and a place where you can eat.
  • I came here as part of a tour, which I highly recommend if you're not a hard core history buff who already knows everything, because understanding the history is what makes this museum so interesting. I booked a tour through some 3rd party tour vendor, but I learned you can book the exact same your directly through the museum (for less) that includes a tour of relevant American WWII sites. Now, I'm glad I booked the tour because that service took care of everything to get me from Paris to Caen and take the tour, but if I were to do it again I'd arrange it myself and save the money.
  • Very informative memorial. We took the day tour they offer of the American sector beaches, and it was very well organized tour. They gave us a tour of the memorial, delicious 3 course lunch (which was best museum food I've ever had), and 4 stops on the American sector beaches and cemetery. Only max of 7 people per tour. Very touching and sad thing to see, but glad I went and got to learn a lot about WWII.