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Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer

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Juno Beach Centre presents Canada’s role in military operations and the war effort on the home front in World War II. Film, audio, and displays bring pre-war and wartime Canada alive, as well as cover the fighting experiences. At the front of the center, Juno Park has walkways with interpretation panels, a preserved German bunker, and a path leading to the beach. There is little development here, so nothing interrupts your contemplation of beach and ocean. Imagine the sands littered with mines-on-sticks, spiky metal “hedgehogs,” barbed wire, and other barbarisms intended to destroy landing craft and the 14,000 Canadian soldiers that fought in this area. Put Juno Beach Centre at the forefront of your travel plans using our Courseulles-sur-Mer itinerary maker.
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  • Our family (two children ages 10 and 12) enjoyed this museum very much. The videos at the beginning and end of the museum were particularly impactful for our children. This museum is packed full of in...  more »
  • As soon as we are excellent by perfectly bilingual Canadian youth and history enthusiasts. To visit these bunkers, for not only for preserving the heritage, but also to understand the life of Germans in these places. We're talking Americans, British, Canadians, but there were also Germans... A bit complicated to get there because it takes the ride to the Port opposite the beach but it's worth the trip!
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  • You go to a Museum, by curiosity... You get maybe like many, wiping your tears! Beautiful Canadian Museum. For the outdoor tour, take a guide, very inexpensive.
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  • Every Canadian should visit the Juno Beach Centre. It brings out a lot of emotions from gratefulness, patriotism to sadness. The centre thoroughly describes Canada's strong influence in helping to win the war. There are bunkers, tanks and many commemorative plaques and pictures. Follow the path to the beach. There are lots of parking and the centre is well marked with directions from the highway. It is also Canadian run from the tour guides to the gift shop cashier.
  • The site has a lot of bunkers that remind you of the German occupation. It is very impressive to see that the bunker are now located pretty much behind the dunes,but they use to be located close to the water. The are has great signs that tell the stories of the Canadian army and their battle. The Juno beach centre has a lot of parking around. The names of the fallen are captured on pillars in front of the center. The first part of the center is freely accessible and tells more about the battle in ww 1 and we 2. Fun little store but is rather expensive.
  • My family of five thoroughly enjoyed our experience today! My three children (aged 12, 10, 7) were engaged throughout the museum with the children's activities. The museum gives a broad overview of Canada's role in WWII, including D-Day and Juno Beach, and the park tour is a must! The temporary exhibit on Vimy Ridge was interesting as well. The Canadian staff were very friendly!
  • Absolutely fantastic. Comprehensive and well presented account of Canada's sons participation in D Day landings and the liberation of Europe. Staffed by young Canadians who are enthusiastic, polite and knowledgeable. The accounts of the Canadians actions that lead to VC's being awarded are particularly moving. A must see in the touring of the D Day beaches
  • Staff is great, parking is easy and outside you can find some interesting war material. The museum itself has only 5 rather small rooms and there is little to see. The first one is entirely about Canada and shows the vast size of the country against France. The next one is also about the industry/history of Canada. Only after that, it's about the war. The first film projected at the entrance is not worth looking but you can't skip it as entrance will only be given after the film ended. Given there aren't many musea about the Canadian involvement in the landing, you can't be picky. It's not the most expensive museum (approx 7€), but I think there are better choices around that budget and in the neighbourhood.

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