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“Kids (girl aged 8, boy aged 12) were engrossed for over 4 hours”
Review of Memorial of Caen

Memorial of Caen
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission with Optional Audio Guide
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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and...
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen
Ranked #1 of 49 things to do in Caen
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Owner description: From the origins of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Mémorial de Caen tells you the story of the XXth century.
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Braintree, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Kids (girl aged 8, boy aged 12) were engrossed for over 4 hours”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

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!

Visited April 2014
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Captures the Personal not just numbers”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

During a recent trip I visited over 30 museums, memorials and battlefields related to the Battle of Normandy. This is by far the best. As a matter of opinion, the Memorial of Caen captures the truth of war and the specifics of Normandy and Caen far better than our very own National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The skill of the staff and volunteers at the Caen Memorial in pulling out and presenting the very personal stories of those who suffered from the shear and vast numbers which most museums seem to emphasize was amazing and quite moving.

Visited March 2014
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Fareham
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“Excellent museum, well worth a visit”
Reviewed 5 April 2014

This was the third time I have been here and there is always something different to see. The Typhoon hanging in the entrance foyer is stunning.

Visited March 2014
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St Helier, United Kingdom
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“Everyone should visit!”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

The museum is very moving. Everyone should visit to understand in detail how WW2 affected France. The signs are in English, French and German so easy to read and understand the museum. There is also the option for audioguides.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very moving exhibition”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

This museum tells the whole story of the D-Day landings, the campaign in Normandy, and beyond. It is completely absorbing and moving.

Visited February 2014
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