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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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  • We stayed in a Camping-car Park adjacent to the memorial. There are some gardens that you cn take dog in but not all - don't understand why. But an beautiful memorial. 
    We stayed in a Camping-car Park adjacent to the memorial. There are some gardens that you cn take dog in but not all - don't understand why. But an beautiful memorial.  more »
  • What a fantastic museum. We’ll done, clear, easy to follow also for young visitors. We loved the exhibition of the Cold War, this was really like living the history of the last decades. Really a... 
    What a fantastic museum. We’ll done, clear, easy to follow also for young visitors. We loved the exhibition of the Cold War, this was really like living the history of the last decades. Really a...  more »
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  • Great museum, you really do need a whole 3-4 hrs to do it all! I especially liked the detailed history of France and how the war worked out. Something we miss in history lessons on the other side of the world. Also China, Nanjing, I knew about it but the information here just brought it to a whole new level. Worth a visit, the cafe is also nice!
  • We purchased the extra recordings so we could have a detailed experience. The museum starts with the end of WW1 and goes through the Cold War era but focus is on WW2. Our children ages 11, 12, and 16 enjoyed listening and the diversity of the museum displays from videos to actual items, to maps, and clothing. It was a museum that brought back to life many of the events and gave you the feelings along with the relics left behind. During our time there, the cafe was not open and we did not wait for the movie, but there is a small cafe shop straight down the street from the the front doors of the museum about 5 blocks through the neighborhood.

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