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 .
Tours to Memorial de Caen
Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip with American Cemetery and Lunch BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $164
Duration: 14 hours
D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $152
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Memorial de Caen Reviews
Une visite de près de 04h00 extrêmement instructive. Il est nécessaire de se souvenir des origines de la seconde guerre mondiale et ce mémorial y parvient de manière très ludique. Attention, certaines... more »A visit of almost 4:00 am extremely informative. It is necessary to remember the origins of the Second World War and this memorial achieves this in a very playful way. Beware, some photographs or videos may shock the youngest.
Visite très instructive , surtout bien prendre son temps pour tout pouvoir voir Les photos ,les objets nous rappeler le sacrifice de ces hommes venus pour nous défendre A voir le cinema circulaire Arr... more »Very informative visit, especially well take its time to see everything Photos, objects remind us of the sacrifice of these men who came to defend us To see the circular cinema Arromanches This visit, upsetting comforts us that live in PAIX is a chance
Colourful and interesting exhibits, laid out with an engaging narrative. Explanations were relevant, concise and easy to follow. This museum doesn't just collect objects, it uses them selectively and effectively to tell a story. For example, the prayer for America displayed in hotels during the Cold War was both amusing and an insight into American mentality at the time. One of the few museums I was neither disappointed nor overwhelmed by.
If you visit Caen, you must visit here. It was a fabulously designed and thought through museum, with lots of information and demonstrations to suit all knowledge levels. The exhibits managed to explain the causes and developments of the war from political, military and human points of view. Informative and emotional. Well worth the visit, as a reminder of how close we came to losing our freedom.
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