Caen Memorial Museum daytrip from Paris?

Old Jun 17th, 2012, 06:20 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 82
Caen Memorial Museum daytrip from Paris?

I'm thinking of adding a daytrip to Caen just to see the museum, not the D-Day beaches. Is this museum really that great? I've only got four days in Paris, but Caen is only two hours by train which isn't that bad for a daytrip. Is it still worth seeing this museum after seeing the Imperial War Museum and the Churchill museum in London? Which leads me to why I want to go to the Caen museum, because I have been to the War museum in London on a previous trip and really liked it.
Londonlover is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2012, 05:01 AM
  #2  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 82
bump and did not tag as France!
Londonlover is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2012, 07:08 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3,380
We went in March of '11 (me, wife, niece & nephew [college students]) as a part of a d-day 2.5 day trip before Paris. Primarily an add for me and my nephew who are WWII history buffs. Wife and Niece LOVED it. I thoroughly enjoyed the museum myself, and if you're a war museum buff, this one is really good.

P.S. - You'll likely hear from many Fodorites who'll ask why you're leaving Paris with only 4 days! Just remember, it's your trip, and there are no comparable War museums in Paris, IMO.
apersuader65 is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2012, 09:40 AM
  #4  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 82
Well I have been to Paris before.
Londonlover is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2012, 09:55 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2,989
Londonlover, I just returned from a tour of France which included a visit to the Caen Memorial Museum. Being a WWII history buff, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The presentations/graphics/media clips reminded me of those at the Churchill War Museum in London.

The museum is currently being expanded to include the Cold War and later conflicts in the 20th century. All exhibits are described in French, English, and German.
latedaytraveler is offline  
Old Jun 18th, 2012, 09:57 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 48,118
Just so you know, the train station is in the southeast part of the city. The Mémorial is on the northern outskirts. You'll need to factor in taxi or other transportation time.
StCirq is online now  
Old Jun 18th, 2012, 02:53 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 3,380
For a same day return trip, I'd just get a taxi out front of the station. It's about 5 km to the museum, 9 if you take the highway route, which I'd recommend as it is likely faster than driving through the heart of the city - and since most of the city was built post 1945, there's nothing really to see.
apersuader65 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
wkwb42a
Europe
16
Jul 31st, 2013 02:40 PM
GlassCannon
Europe
40
Feb 20th, 2011 08:01 AM
Jen526
Europe
41
Sep 14th, 2007 10:28 AM
mdtravel
Europe
15
Mar 9th, 2004 09:45 PM
Robin
Europe
8
Jul 4th, 2002 01:36 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO