Memorial de Caen
Memorial de Caen
4.5
Military MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Located in the immediate vicinity of the D-Day Landing beaches, the Mémorial de Caen visitor centre is among the essential sites focusing on the Battle of Normandy and 20th century history. From the origins of the Second World War to the end of the Cold War, museographical displays tell this terrible side of 20th century history. Indeed, Caen, bombarded during the summer of 1944, a liberated yet martyred city, deserved a tribute well worthy of the suffering it endured. This is precisely the purpose of the Mémorial de Caen, but via a continuing perspective and action aimed at reconciliation.
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  • luxuryvoyage
    Switzerland3,313 contributions
    History from 1918 to the cold war
    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 War. Many reconstructed scenes from the respective time period. Be sure to use an audio guide, otherwise you have to read a lot. One of the best museums on World War II and the Cold War.
    Visited August 2022
    Written December 26, 2022
  • DJinNashville
    Nashville, Tennessee225 contributions
    Well organized to learn about the battle of Normandy during World War II
    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 learn about the battle of Normandy during World War II, especially how the world went from the end of WW1 into WW2 and how the campaigns, especially D-Day, were orchestrated. Lots of interesting artifacts (some as big as tanks and planes) and really good narrative (consider the audioguide) throughout to get the most out of the exhibits. Highly recommended for all ages.
    Visited November 2022
    Written February 6, 2023
  • matthias s
    Cologne, Germany377 contributions
    Very well done
    We just wanted to get an overview about D-Day. But than we read about Caen Memorial and decided to try it and we didn't regret the entrance fee (regular 25 Euro). The museum is able to put D-Day in the big picture, not only of WWII but also of WWI, illustrates how life was in France during the occupation and how much the French cities were destroyed after D-Day. If you want to save some money, you can google for a discount voucher and buy the tickets online in advance. We saved 5 Euro/ticket.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Tim V
    Chorleywood, United Kingdom182 contributions
    Very moving experience
    You need to allow three hours to do it justice. Superbly laid out, and very informative. It deals not only with the Battle of Normandy and D-Day landings, but also with the events leading up to it from 1914 onwards. There are a lot of very moving first-hand accounts by the local population about life under the Nazi occupation, some of which moved me close to tears. Very highly recommended.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • James S
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Excellent museum for the Battle of Normandy.
    Excellent museum. Extremely informative covering the German occupation, life under the Nazis, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy and beyond. Some Cold War exhibits and info too. Take some good shoes and be prepared, I was there over 4 hours and walked over 3 miles.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 2, 2023
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Desdol
England, UK106 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A very excellent tour with a brilliant tour guide, Mario and driver. The group we were in were all lovely people and that made it easy. The museum itself is very moving and a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives. The tour takes you to the beaches and sites. The weather was very hot and the beaches so beautiful it was hard to imagine the nightmare that occurred there. Mario our presenter has to have a special mention. Amusing, entertaining, and general all round professional he made the tour the success it was. Do book. Well worth it.
Written October 27, 2023
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ladyerica
Ketchum, ID177 contributions
This museum is *exceptional* and should without question be the first stop if you are coming to Normandy to expand your understanding of WW II history. I'm sure other reviews go into more detail than I have time to, but plan to spend at least three hours there.

I have been to the Holocaust museum in DC and that is excellent but Caen really covers so much more from the treaty of Versailles onward. Bravo Caen!

As we went to other museums we found the written information redundant to what we read at Caen and moved through them a little faster just looking at the displays.

Note: There is a Bistro but the food is pretty sub par and expensive, so bring your own lunch or go after or before lunch and eat somewhere else. It's that bad. I just mention it so you can plan the length of time you need to spend at the museum without getting hangry. : )
Written October 12, 2023
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richard
Rathangan, Ireland1,258 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
A planned stop before embarking on our ferry back to the UK. Plenty of parking in front of the restaurant with great views overlooking the harbour and out to sea. Smart, modern ambiance with a welcoming hostess. Opted for the set lunch menu with a 'what's available in the market' emphasis. Great seasonal menu, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Fantastic flavours, particularly enjoyed the line caught pollack. Lunch was particularly good value. Highly recommended and will definitely be back!
Written October 11, 2023
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James S
Wolverhampton, UK69 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Solo
Excellent museum. Extremely informative covering the German occupation, life under the Nazis, D-Day and the Battle for Normandy and beyond. Some Cold War exhibits and info too. Take some good shoes and be prepared, I was there over 4 hours and walked over 3 miles.
Written October 2, 2023
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Chris W
Kettering, UK2 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Must be my 10th plus visit over the years. New film this year with very different & interesting ending. (No spoilers)
Be aware if you are taking younger folks in there sre scenes that may upset. As well as very loud munition explosions.
Written September 28, 2023
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Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Solo
Lovely fine day to visit Utah and. Omaha beaches.
Very good knowledgeable guide Mario, and safe helpful driver Norman.
The Omaha cemetery is sobering recognizing their sacrifice for freedom.
Written September 24, 2023
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SeeTheW0rld62
Sunnyvale, CA1,490 contributions
This was the first thing we did on our tour of Normandy beaches and we really enjoyed it. It was a good introduction and I think did a nice job of not glorifying war. War is a last resort and nasty business for everyone, including the victors.
Written September 12, 2023
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Seaton, UK37 contributions
Really great intro to the d-day landings.
Plenty of subtitles for most speakers.
Could go many times and see different and more bits as the screens are all around showing different stories.
Written September 12, 2023
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sanfairyann
Andover, UK159 contributions
Museum Trip.
Informative with an overload of information. Holding and it’s Interior a tad too modern for me.

As a glasses wearer some of the plaques weren’t lit well enough for me to read. Steps to car park no rail - would be beneficial to older or infirm visitors.
Written September 12, 2023
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GravityGuy
Fairfax, VA41 contributions
Museum and memorial were exceptional! We also took the tour to Pont du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. Our guide Marie and driver Norman were exemplary!
Written August 28, 2023
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