Centre Juno Beach - Normandie, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben
N 49° 20.234 W 000° 27.880
30U E 684176 N 5468037
Quick Description: The Juno Beach Center is a museum located in Courseulles-sur-Mer in the Calvados region of Normandy, France. The Centre presents the war effort made by all Canadians, civilian and military alike, both at home and on the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the manifold faces of contemporary Canadian society.
Location: Normandie, France
Date Posted: 6/2/2011 8:37:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMBMKQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The museum is situated immediately behind the beach codenamed Juno, the section of the Allied beachhead on which 14,000 Canadian troops landed on D-Day 6 June 1944.

The Center was conceived in the 1990s by a group of Canadian veterans who felt that the contributions and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers during the liberation of Europe were not properly commemorated and represented in the Normandy region. The project, spearheaded by veteran Garth Webb and his companion Lise Cooper, began initially as a grassroots fundraising campaign that eventually gained the financial support of many institutions and businesses and the Canadian and French governments at many levels. The Center was inaugurated on 6 June, 2003. Over one thousand Canadian veterans attended the inauguration in 2003, as well as the 2004 ceremony for the 60th anniversary of D-Day.

The museum's scope is not only the D-Day landings. Through detailed and interactive exhibition rooms, the museum relates the story of life in Canada before the outbreak of the war, Canada’s civilian and military contribution to the war effort, and contemporary Canadian society in the decades since World War II.

The building itself, designed by Canadian architect Brian K. Chamberlain, is a single-storey structure with five main points, resembling a stylized maple leaf. The exterior is clad in titanium scales and stands about 100 meters back from the present line of sand dunes. A ceremonial area, which features a statue entitled Remembrance and Renewal, stands between the Center and the dunes. A gap in the dunes is filled by a symbolic structure shaped as a landing craft—a memorial to the French Resistance. An intact German bunker, once an observation post, stands immediately in front of this memorial.

The museum also houses a temporary exhibition space which changes approximately once per year and which highlights various histories and themes relating to Canada past and present.

The Juno Beach Center is open year round and closes routinely for the month of January. It offers guided visits of Juno Beach that are provided by Canadian students.

Centre Juno Beach website (visit link) and Wikipedia (visit link)
Cultural History

Street Address:
Voie des français libres, 14470 Courseulles-sur-Mer

Food Court: no

Gift Shop: yes

Hours of Operation:
Open every day From April 1 to September 30: 9:30am to 7pm March and October: 10am to 6pm February, November and December: 10am to 5pm Closed on December 25 and during the month of January.

Cost: 6.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Medium

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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