It is hard to imagine what living in Normandy was like in 1945 when the Allies landed on the beaches and Caen was virtually bombed out of existence. This musuem captures the images and the stories extremely well. It is a very big museum and you should probably allow 4-5 hours but it is well worth it. It also has an new exhibition since I last visited in 1999 about world events since the end of the 2nd World War. It also had a very quirky yet topical exhibition of cartoonists views of war which I found fascinating. My husband is a history buff, but I am not and I found this very thought provoking and certainly let you know the impact that the final push to D Day had on Normandy. Some very good interactive displays - I particularly liked the story telling of people caught up in other places at the end of the War - Japan, Spain etc. Normandy sacrificed so much for European peace - this museum reminds us. I am not sure where I heard the name, but I have always called the Museum of Peace and I think that is appropriate.
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