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“Worth a visit to learn about the V2”
Review of La Coupole

La Coupole
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Saint-Omer
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A secret base at the heart of Second World Wae history...A real underground town, constructed in 1943 and 1944 by the German army to go ahead with the launch V2 rockets on London, La Coupole is an exceptional site on which the destiny of Europe could have been played out...Today, it is an astonishing museum, a centre to gain an understanding of the historical and scientific stakes at play during the Second World War, from Occupation to the hidden face of space conquest. New! La Coupole now houses a revolutionary 3D planetarium. Sit insite the massive 360° room wearing your active 3D glasses and travel thtough the universe...
Reviewed 12 July 2011

I visited La Coupole in June 2011. When you arrive you are given headsets which guide you around the musuem. The first thing you are taken too is a movie about the history of V2 and shows you how the V2 came about, the horror of concentration camps and how things where, and how La Coupole was built. Definetely educating.

2  Thank Tarry11
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

This museum, created on the site of the Coupole where V2 rockets (first missiles to reach the stratosphere) were planned to be prepared and launched to destroy London, shows and explains the events and the history of the second World War in general but also with a focus on the region of North of France.
The visit is made with headset automatically explaining what you have in front of you. The two movies on the secret weapon of Hitler and the occupation of the region are really well realised.

3  Thank Benoit1980
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

Excellent museum for the WWII buff! The priority WWII site for the north of france. Well preserved "underground" site sealed off for decades until 1997. Walk around with headset that automatically plays for specific displays and presentations.

PROS:
-actual v2 facility underneath a giant concrete dome built into the mountain
-dense amount of info presented on large displays, tons of audio/video presentations, loads of actual items from rockets hanging on display to knick knacks of soldiers to the clothes of concentration camp survivors
-very very well documented and detailed info

CONS:
-might take you 3 hours to finish 75% of the material, photos, movies, but it's that good.


Overall:
Large capacity site, friendly staff, nice boutique with books, snack bar with eating area, outdoor picnic area.

As with all WWII sites, some material may be disturbing for children, but it's limited and can be avoided (i.e., mainly the hall on the concentration camps and the 2 main intro videos with casualties and such.)

7  Thank VacationsAreSoFun
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Reviewed 6 July 2010

Amazing to see the lengths the Nazi's would go too to defeat the British. The underground tunnels leading to the main display area are cold & damp, but once in the lift to the main display area the heating is on. There are lots of displays to see about the horrors of the concentration camps, and the development of the WWII weapons, plus a large area dedicated to the USA space race, as the US used ex Nazi's to develop their space rockets, based on developments of WWII weapons. Two films run regularly in various languages showing different aspects of the war. A very interesting & sobering place, I'd not recommend it for children though as there is a lot to read & naturally some rather upsetting images.

Thank Holsoholic
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Reviewed 24 June 2007

Very good and worth a visit. Very informative and eye opening.
It does tend to digress slightly to less relevant topics, but I was there for 3 hours. I went to see the technical and structural feats of the building and the missiles, this was all covered well. There is also a large emphasis on concentration camps with a lot of material dedicated to this.

2  Thank nads1978
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