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  • Location:Caen, France
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission with Optional Audio Guide

Take an incredibly powerful journey back in time at the Mémorial de Caen, Normandy’s most comprehensive World War II museum. Watch a gripping film on D-Day and learn about the intense preparations for the historic Normandy landings. Covering events ranging from the end of World War I through the fall of the Berlin Wall, the museum puts the events of WWII and D-Day in their larger historical context. Explore the museum at your leisure, with or without an audio guide; your ticket is valid for 24 hours after entry.


  • 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

Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission with Optional Audio Guide

Learn about the impact of 20th century war on all sides at the Memorial de Caen museum

Begin your exploration of the Mémorial de Caen anytime during open hours. Serving as both a war memorial and museum, the Mémorial de Caen is a tribute to the city of Caen, three-quarters of which was destroyed when it was liberated during the Battle of Normandy. With a theme of reconciliation, the museum discusses World War II and D-Day within the historical framework of events ranging from the end of World War I through the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was excellent, well worth visiting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very moving, also factual about ist and 2nd world wars. Cafe good too

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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."

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We booked all of our activities through Viator and had a wonderful experience. I needed to change one reservation before we even left the U.S.A. and the staff was very accommodating. We drove from Paris to Caen, which took longer than we expected so missed our reserved date for admission to the museum, but went the following day and the museum staff were very gracious and accepted our vouchers. We definately will use Viator again! Victoria P.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015


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