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La Coupole

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Address: D 210 5 rue Clabaux | Saint-Omer, 62570 Saint-Omer, France
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+33 3 21 12 27 27
09:00 - 18:00
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A secret base at the heart of Second World Wae history...A real underground...

A secret base at the heart of Second World Wae history...A real underground town, constructed in 1943 and 1944 by the German army to go ahead with the launch V2 rockets on London, La Coupole is an exceptional site on which the destiny of Europe could have been played out...Today, it is an astonishing museum, a centre to gain an understanding of the historical and scientific stakes at play during the Second World War, from Occupation to the hidden face of space conquest. New! La Coupole now houses a revolutionary 3D planetarium. Sit insite the massive 360° room wearing your active 3D glasses and travel thtough the universe...

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Brings History to life

We had a very good visit here last month - it really brings the history of 2nd World War to life - the damp, cold, dripping tunnels are huge and you can just imagine walking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very good visit here last month - it really brings the history of 2nd World War to life - the damp, cold, dripping tunnels are huge and you can just imagine walking through them as a soldier. The horrors of what happened in the 2nd world war are really brought to life. We left after 2 hours... More 

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Crawley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an utterly incredible place. I cannot believe more people don't know about it. Words cannot express the scale of this factory dug out of the rock in a hill. Visit the place, you will not be disappointed. And for 10 euros per adult, it's a bargain. Expect to spend 3 hours there though, there's a lot to see... More 

Thank Frank G
Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Le Coupole was one of the most fascinating museums I have ever been to! Located outside St Omer (use via Michelin as there are few sign-posts), deep in a mountain - it's cold, so bring a jacket even in August. Built (but not used, because D-Day forced the Germans to decamp) to deploy rockets against England, the museum was built... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

DON'T RUSH THIS PLACE IT WILL TAKE AROUND 3hrs To fully understand and get the history plus absorb the horror of what really happened to France during the 2nd World War.. We left with a greater understanding of just what really and truthfully happened to the Country and it's very brave people who gave their lives to free their Country... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This exhibition pulled no punches in explaining about work camps and concentration camps in France and beyond. The films and audio guide are excellent and shows much of how prisoners were treated. There is also much about the The occupation of France and the Rocket programme. It is very thought provoking and although some of the images ar repeated throughout... More 

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Sint-Pauwels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Came here about 20 years ago. La coupole has changed in a positve way, being more interactive and focussing on 2main topics. The worl war in all is aspects and the history and development of missiles. Unique combination of history and science.

Thank Stefaan D
Antwerp Province, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

For this Unique second world war construction You should plan at least 3 hours. Documentaire films with real material, lots of theme s from holocaust, resistance, THE french occupation, THE nazi mistakes and history of Rockets and bombing.dont forget THE site as such. Superb to do by rainy wether and iT only cost You 10 euro each!

Thank marcmgvanhoey
Warwick, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Came here once before and this visit was even better. Great museum that tells a very interesting story. Takes about two hours.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Not a single V1 or V2 was launched from this site. More of an exhibition on how the war was lived, suffered and won. Spend more than 2 hours over here without getting bored for a second. But, a bit disappointed as I was expecting a closer encounter with the dome. Anyway, loved the subtle tributes to the massacre in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A sobering place to visit. Mining tunnels give a true sense of the horror, and the information on the two world wars is well laid out. Some areas are definitely for older children rather than young. There is an excellent shop for souvenirs and a decent café. You can also hold birthday parties here, with different themes, from making a... More 

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