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 $166
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 $153
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Memorial de Caen Reviews
A friend had told us to go to the museum for an hour or two before we were going with Mathias Leclere for our tour of the beaches. Well my husband and I spent almost four hours and could have stayed l... more »
Très cher pour une famille de 5 personnes, de plus poussette interdite, nous l’apprenons à l’arrivée !! Rien n’est fait de manière ludique et adapté aux enfants.... questionnaire, énigme, tablette , c... more »Very expensive for a family of 5 people, more stroller forbidden, we learn it on arrival!! Nothing is done in a fun way and adapted to children.... questionnaire, puzzle, tablet, as can be done elsewhere ... there are other small museums better suited for families
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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