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Musée de Normandie, Caen

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History Museum Museum
Located in the Château de Caen, covers the history of the region--from the early cave dwellers to the Vikings to the 20th century. You can examine 80,000 objects that trace the physical and cultural evolution of Normandy. Items include weapons, jewelry, and objects of daily life that are in context, as well as the masterpieces of blacksmiths, potters, and candle makers. The museum opened in 1963, and in 1970 it merged with the local museum of fine arts, increasing its collections. In addition to the archeological and anthropological exhibits, it also houses permanent and temporary art shows. Put Musée de Normandie on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Caen itinerary maker.
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  • The museum is located in William the Conqueror's old digs and there are several sites to see within the walled complex. Inside, you'll find the contents of a knight's grave that they unearthed when ex...  more »
  • This museum is not big but has pretty good exhibits showcasing the history of Normandy. Definitely worth visiting if time permits.  more »
  • This museum is quite small and follows a history of Caen from very early (pre-historic) times up to mid 20th century with exhibits paintings costumes etc.  more »
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  • A good quality, brief explanation of the history of the region back to prehistoric times.
  • The Museum is very well done, showing the fomdation of the city and the fortress of Caen as well as a brief history of Normandy.
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  • Worth a visit
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  • The Museum retraces life in Normandy from prehistory to nowadays. The permanent collection is worth the cost to be seen. Allow an hour to get around without anything missing. In addition it is free for the under 26 years old!
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  • Beautiful building!
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