The Mémorial de Caen, a museum and war memorial, is one of the city’s most popular attractions and a must-see for anyone visiting Normandy to pay respects to the heroes of World War II. While the site specifically commemorates D-Day and the Battle for Caen, it is the overall sentiment that provides the perfect primer for those planning to see multiple memorials in the area.
The museum's exhibits take visitors through life in the 1940s during the war while specifically noting the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy before continuing with coverage through the fall of the Berlin Wall. The many personal accounts, artifacts and multimedia segments work to bring the war out of the past and into sharp focus. In addition, there are British, Canadian and American gardens on the grounds for strolling and picnicking.
The Mémorial de Caen is generally open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. However, from mid-November through December, it is closed on Mondays, and it is annually closed on Christmas Day and throughout January. Admission costs €19 and is good for 24 hours. There are also consolidated tickets, group rates, family rates and discounts for students.