The Mémorial de Caen

WW2 Museums

Located in the immediate vicinity of the D-Day Landing beaches, the Mémorial de Caen visitor centre is among the must-see sites focusing on the Battle of Normandy and 20th century history.
From the origins of World War II to the end of the Cold War, museographical displays tell of these dark pages of 20th century history.
Caen, bombarded during the summer of 1944, a liberated yet martyred city, deserved a tribute well worthy of the suffering it endured.
Such is the aim of the Mémorial de Caen, but via action with a perpetual perspective - that of reconciliation.
Over your visit, you will discover the historic events that marked World War II, from the onslaught of Nazism to the Normandy landings, via the Holocaust. Several films ensure a comprehensive and diversified visit. A museum area is specially devoted to the Cold War and to press illustrations.

Constantly renewed for over ten years, the centre is at the heart of current reflection on the place of History in our societies.
New film, ‘1944: Saving Europe’.
Audio guides are available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Guided tours available through the trail focusing on World War II. You can also complete your visit over a guided tour of the D-Day Landing beaches or a city tour of Caen.
Contact details

The Mémorial de Caen

Esplanade EisenhowerCS 55026

14050 CAEN


Railway station at 4km

Airport / aerodrome at 5km

Motorway at 3km

Motorway at 2km

Phone : 02 31 06 06 45

Fax : 02 31 06 01 66


Recommended for groups

Fixed telephone :


  • Normandy Quality Tourism
  • DDay

Other labels

  • Normandy Sites and Monuments Club
  • Rates

    Base rate - full rate adult From 19.80 €
    Reduced rate From 17.50 €
    Rate for families From 51 €
    Means of payment

    Carte bleue

    Debit cards

    Holiday vouchers


    Eurocard - Mastercard





    Left luggage


    Media library

    Free WIFI


    Specific theme activities

    Adult workshop

    Junior workshop

    Specialist conferences


    Temporary exhibitions


    Guided tour

    Educational visits

    Coach Parking


    Bar, cafeteria, tea room

    Covered picnic area



    Visite libre en permanence - yes
    Visite guidées sur demande - yes
    Average time180 minutes -


    Coach parking
    Groups acccepted
    Minimum number of people 20
    Visitors can spend some time discovering the display areas, looking at the Second World War from a whole new angle. This expansion leading to a level of violence unequalled in the history of humanity. The major Pacific and European theatres of operation are documented and explained. These circuits pose important questions: the mass shootings of the holocaust, the characteristics of 'Total War', intimacy during wartime, the various human responses to the occupation, the liberation, the Nuremburg Trials… The Battle for Normandy is given its own, dedicated exhibition room. For the first time since its inauguration in 1988, the Memorial de Caen dedicates a major space to the landings of the 6th June 1944 and the liberation of Normandy. NEW in 2019: The Caen Mémorial is even more spectacular and immersive, with the opening of a brand new cinema room. I will screen a film about the transition between the WWII and the Cold War, and tells the story of the origins of Europe, from the turn of the 20th century to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A 360-degree screening comprising 17 minutes of previously unseen, exceptional archive footage, to raise awareness of how fragile Peace is.

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    Environment : In town

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