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Memorial de Caen, Caen

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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.
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  • 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 »
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  • 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.

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