A modern museum focusing on World War II and the Cold War, Memorial de Caen was built in 1988. It charts the events leading up to and after D-Day, and is an emotional presentation inviting meditation on the thought of Elie Wiesel: "Peace is not a gift from God to man, but a gift from man to himself." The Memorial for Peace also includes an exhibit of Nobel Peace Prize winners and another on conflict resolution in different cultures. Make Memorial de Caen a centerpiece of your Caen vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Caen travel itinerary planner.
Memorial de Caen reviews
Growing up in France, I remember visiting this museum on a school trip. With this trip and the opportunity to come back as an adult, I was able to appreciate why. The museum is well organized to...
Growing up in France, I remember visiting this museum on a school trip. With this trip and the opportunity to come back as an adult, I was able to appreciate why. The museum is well organized to... more »
A perfect complement to the numerous D-Day museums in Normanide. The Memorial de Caen deals only marginally with the D-Day, but deals in detail with the course of the Second World War up to the Cold..... more
A perfect complement to the numerous D-Day museums in Normanide. The Memorial de Caen deals only marginally with the D-Day, but deals in detail with the course of the Second World War up to the Cold..... more »
Museum is was almost empty and it was even possible to visit the Wilheim Richter bunker all alone. Extremely recommend.
Museum is was almost empty and it was even possible to visit the Wilheim Richter bunker all alone. Extremely recommend. more »
This museum is massive with plenty to see and read up on. There is plenty of parking and toilets on all levels. Staff were polite and friendly and explained where to start in the museum. The cafe was open up stairs with plenty of food and drink to choose from. Make sure you go out the back and see the bunker then the American garden.
It is a fantastic museum if you're interested in the second world war including the events of D-day. The entire timeline is clearly explained. It's incredibly moving and sobering (I found it difficult to walk through the section related to the concentration camps). We spent almost 5 hours walking through it all.
This is a 10/10 museum. Lots and lots of exhibits, excellent use of multi media and brilliantly detailed artefacts. There is a section on WW2, D-Day and the Cold War, two different 20min films and other exhibit spaces. Also a fantastic cafe, the best gift shop I’ve seen in Normandy, and beautiful gardens. Would highly recommend!
Interesting visit, with different sections. Plenty of exhibits and explanations in French, German and English. It was busy, but didn't feel full. Good restaurant.
A must visit place in Caen, Normandy. Full of historical facts about the D-Day and the events that happened during the second world war in this region. Besides the museum, do visit the memorial gardens from USA, Canada and Britain. Very serene and calm place.
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