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Memorial of Caen, Caen

Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 2,200+ 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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  • I had visited the memorial being younger, and I rediscovered. Parts of the visit moved me very, others me less interested, but overall is very interesting. Small films documentaries/testimonials are broadcast and give more of reality. Plan for a day to visit the memorial completely and read all the evidence presented.
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  • Great place to get a complete picture of the D-day story. Very thorough displays and videos. Plan on spending at least two hours. We bought the combination ticket with 360 theatre in Arromanches which...  read more »
  • We had been to the invasion beaches before,but this time we saw the meuseum at Caen. The approach to WW11 was astounding. It went into the causes,the rise of Hitler,and then into each section of the w...  read more »
  • 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.
  • I feel like this is a must visit for everyone who is in the vicinity of this place. This place makes you realize what our region went through while providing the global story of everything that lead up to WWII in a chronological and easy to understand way. Definitely take out a full day for this museum because it is rather large.
  • Complete: gets back on the entire context from right after WWI to post-WWII. However very long (expect an entire day), which makes it difficult for kids to keep their attention without being bored (and adults too) when at the contrary they should be catched by the atmosphere and learn from this traumatizing time that occurred almost yesterday.. And very expensive, that is not appealing for families. I understand the souvenirs boutique has to be, but here it's pushed too far! Many other nice, smaller and cheaper museums to do in Normandy.
  • In March 2014, I chaperoned an EF Tours trip with middle and high school students. This was one of our tours. I lost myself in the exhibits, almost overwhelmed by the emotions and sheer volume of artifacts. I wish I could have spent 2 days there. I hope to spend more time there again one day.
  • This museum tells the story of the German Occupation, French resistance and DDay landings in a very clear and accessible way. It presents the story in chronological order with very good translation into English. A group ticket was about fifty euro, which was a little high, but worth it, I think.
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