Mémorial de Caen

Caen, France

The Mémorial de Caen is a museum and war memorial in Caen, commemorating the Second World War and the Battle for Caen. The building and grounds are located in the northern suburbs of the city of Caen on the site of an old blockhouse. The architect was Jacques Millet and the original curator was Yves Degraine.

The memorial is dedicated to the history of violence and intensive, outstanding conflict in the 20th Century and particularly World War II. The museum was officially opened on 6 June 1988 (the 44th anniversary of D day) by the French President François Mitterrand. The original building deals primarily with World War II looking at the causes and course of the conflict.



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Founded: 1989
Category: Museums in France


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Paul Stewart (2 months ago)
What an awesome museum. So much to see and well laid out. Would love to give a massive shout to the very friendly and helpful staff too. In particular to the outstanding Anna (tour guide and ticket zapper!!!). When people enjoy their job it shines out. Thank you
Ian Ferguson (3 months ago)
One of the best presentations of the history of WWII (and D-Day in particular) that I've seen. Everything was excellently explained in French, English and German. Most moving was an open letter from a victim of the holocaust asking the the finder/reader simply to think of them and their family ........
Steve John Cooper (4 months ago)
Dramatic and realistic monument with memories of the first and second world wars. Does not hold back it's punches while set in a beautiful gardens of remembrance. A place for solemn reflections and contemplation especially at the current time, so many echoes in today's unfolding events.
Tiffany Anne (5 months ago)
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.
Iain Finer (6 months ago)
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!
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