- Admission to the Mémorial de Caen, Normandy's most comprehensive World War II museum
- Learn about the events of D-Day and WWII within their larger historical context
- Explore museum sections on WWII, D-Day and the Cold War, plus an area of historical cartoons and drawings
- Watch two films for more insight into the events of WWII
- Discover the museum at your own pace, with or without an audio guide
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
I highly recommend this museum to anyone visiting Normandy! It has so much fascinating information about the D-Day Landings and its interactive format keeps both adults and children interested.
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What You Can Expect
Wander through museum areas focused on WWII and the Cold War. There is also a section featuring cartoons and drawings chronicling the history of the 20th century as well as current affairs. The heart of the museum is devoted to D-Day, and the Mémorial de Caen is the only museum in Normandy that offers an in-depth exploration of the preparations for the Normandy landings on both sides of the war and details the intensity of the 100-day invasion that followed.
Watch a film on D-Day that tells the story of that fateful day through archival footage and scenes from fictional films depicting German and Allied forces on the eve of the Normandy landings. Another movie, 'Hope for the Future,' covers events from the 1940s through the end of the 20th century.
Discover the museum through the interactive exhibits or opt to use an audio guide available in six languages for a more in-depth experience. Take a break and grab a bite to eat (own expense) at the casual Café du Mémorial, which serves sandwiches, salads and snacks, or at La Terrasse, a more formal restaurant. You can also bring a picnic and enjoy it on the grounds. If you need more time to finish exploring the museum, come back the following day; your ticket is valid for 24 hours from the time of entry.
Very moving, also factual about ist and 2nd world wars. Cafe good too
The statue in the front (sailor kissing girl--the iconic Times Sq. photo) was a perfect start to a well planned guide to how WWII came about and the impact it had on so many millions of humans on the Earth. I was curious why this particular ground was chosen, learning later of the Nazi bunker under the structure that one can tour. Outstanding. Finally, the 50th anniversary U.S. memorial resonated with me after reading the passage in the floor of the entrance: "From the heart of our land flows the blood of our youth, given to you in the name of freedom."