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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Great for serious history buffs, more than kids. Very thorough museum, but I loved the outdoor area the best, lots of ponds, fountains, gardens, neat nods to the American military throughout the... more »
Does the memorial help us to make sure such horrors do not occur again? That is the hope, of course. The memorial tells the story from the end of WW I until 1945 as the main part, but then adds a... more »
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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