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The Mémorial de Caen

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The Mémorial de Caen - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Calvados

Come face to face with history at the Mémorial de Caen! Inaugurated in 1988 and part of the International Network of Museums for Peace, the Mémorial, located on Esplanade Eisenhower in Caen, a martyr city that was almost totally destroyed by bombings in the Second World War, is a 20th-century history museum dedicated to peace.

From the origins of the Second World War to the Cold War, from the Holocaust to the Battle of Normandy, and from the end of the Second World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the museum explores the world before and after 1945. The bloody events of the century are analysed using documents, photos and archive footage, as well as historical artefacts that once belonged to civilians or soldiers.

What events paved the way for the Second World War? How did people live under the Occupation? What forms of resistance and repression were there? The Mémorial de Caen aims to answer all these questions.

Its focus on education makes it a first-rate museum for teaching the younger generations and passing on the duty of remembrance.

Good to know: the Mémorial also organises guided tours of the D-Day beaches, including Omaha Beach, Le Hoc headland, the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer and Arromanches artificial harbour.

Opening timesMonday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Tuesday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Wednesday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Thursday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Friday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Saturday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM   •   Sunday: 09:00 AM – 07:00 PM
AddressEsplanade Général Eisenhower, Caen
Telephone+33 2 31 06 06 44

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