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Memorial of Caen, Caen
(4.3/5 based on 2,400+ reviews on the web)
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 place that offers a tour very well done with beautiful objects, beautiful documents. However, the price is enough student, and is a bit disgusting especially for students (and when you know that all the Parisian museums are free for them!). In addition, get a 17 h, the tellers don't we have not alarmed at all that the visit lasted more than an hour while the Museum closes at 6 pm.. but I would still recommend!
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  • The essence of the history of the 2 nd world war, present in slides photos and videos, but I walked out of the memorial with a lot of emotions compared to other museums on the same theme
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  • I strongly recommend this place as part of a visit to Normandy. It takes at least a couple of hours to do it justice. And it talks about all the victims of war in a sympathetic manner. Interesting for...  more »
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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.