A superb way to wrap up our visit to Normandy, before catching Caen/Ouistreham ferry back to Portsmouth, England.
Easy to find with dedicated, excellent free parking in pleasant parkland on city outskirts. Glad we had done the beaches on our own - plus the awesome Arromanches 360 movie - prior to this, to give it context.
It starts with WW1, the turbulent years that followed 1918, then the fury of WW2. Although it pulled no punches regarding the brutality, the museum's factual displays were appropriate for two fairly sensitive children, who became engrossed and full of questions. Some great film material, artefacts and appropriate depth of topics for WW2.
I'd say it was more a museum of peace and politics, especially as it attempts to highlight the world order post '45, through the Berlin blockade and the Cold War, Vietnam, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, to the Arab/Israeli conflict, and the demise of Apartheid rule in SA, then the fall of the Iron Curtain. It got as far as Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, and 9/11. All of which was understandable for the kids, and did not turn them off!
Don't miss the glass case outside on the right as you exit (or on your left as you enter)....it houses epitaphs from several countries, all of which bemourn the futility of war, and the paramount importance of peace. Moving, carefully chosen, personal words from each government. Don't miss that display.
Overall, thought provoking and very much worthy of at least 4 hours with youngsters in tow (saying this, you could go back and back again...it was
that informative). My daughter hasn't taken her nose out of Anne Frank's diary since we left the gift shop!
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