Juno Beach Centre, Courseulles-sur-Mer

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Juno Beach Centre presents Canada’s role in military operations and the war effort on the home front in World War II. Film, audio, and displays bring pre-war and wartime Canada alive, as well as cover the fighting experiences. At the front of the center, Juno Park has walkways with interpretation panels, a preserved German bunker, and a path leading to the beach. There is little development here, so nothing interrupts your contemplation of beach and ocean. Imagine the sands littered with mines-on-sticks, spiky metal “hedgehogs,” barbed wire, and other barbarisms intended to destroy landing craft and the 14,000 Canadian soldiers that fought in this area. Arrange to visit Juno Beach Centre and other attractions in Courseulles-sur-Mer using our Courseulles-sur-Mer day trip website.
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  • Amongst Two days of visits to attractions this rates the lowest so far. It feels like it has been designed by committe and can’t decide on its primary function - Historical review of Canada and its.....  more
    Amongst Two days of visits to attractions this rates the lowest so far. It feels like it has been designed by committe and can’t decide on its primary function - Historical review of Canada and its.....  more »
  • A great centre to learn not just about the canadian experience of D-Day but a bit about canada also. The film at the end was very moving and emotional (not for young kids) and the space with seats by....  more
    A great centre to learn not just about the canadian experience of D-Day but a bit about canada also. The film at the end was very moving and emotional (not for young kids) and the space with seats by....  more »
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  • A must for anyone visiting Juno beach to learn about D-Day and to appreciate the sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers there. This is a small museum with some interesting exhibits. Your visit begins with a short immersive video of landing on the beach on D-Day (not graphic, suitable for children) before the entrance to the exhibits. The first room is mainly information about Canada, but the main exhibit contains radio broadcasts and information on WWII planes and much more. Your visit ends with a longer film on the war (also suitable for children). The final room of the museum before the gift shop is mostly anecdotes for Canadians, citizens and immigrants about what it is like to be Canadian. As others have mentioned, the museum can be a bit dry. There’s a lot of information presented within a short time. And at least 50% of it is about Canada, rather than the war, Juno Beach, and/or Canadian soldiers - which I found a bit strange given the location. But also, maybe it’s just that I am Canadian, so the information wasn’t new to me. Overall: Worth the visit.
  • Honestly such a great museum for anyone interested in D-day history, particularly the Canadian version. The museum really delves deep and provides detailed information about the Canadian role in the war. There is also a temporary exhibit about Dieppe which is well worth visiting. Highly recommended for all and there is free parking.

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