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Caen Memorial Mémorial de Caen
Esplanade General Eisenhower B.P. 55026 Caen, Lower Normandy14050
Caen  locality
Calvados  county
France  country
Europe  continent
Main date(s)
49.197322° N, 0.383985° W
Opening hours
Daily 9am-7pm
Open until 8pm mid-July to mid-Aug
Closed Jan 1-30 and Dec 25.
€16 adults; €14 reduced; free to World War II veterans, those with war disabilities, war widows, and children 9 and under
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The museum includes extensive tranquil gardens, which commemorate the Allied forces and wordlessly illustrate the ideal of peace: the Garden of Canada; the American Garden; and recently the British Garden, donated by Prince Charles in 2004.

Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011


Inside, the main exhibits include: spectacular video presentations of D-Day or Jour J (showing the events from Allied and German perspectives on a split-screen); models of bunkers, battleships and battlefields; artifacts from the French Resistance; and a tribute to the Holocaust.

A new wing added in 2002 houses exhibits on the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the development of the atomic bomb and the attacks of September 11, 2001. The Caen Memorial was the first museum outside of the United States to display artifacts from 9/11.

The last section visitors encounter in the museum, added in 1991 and housed in an old bunker, is dedicated to the ongoing movement for peace. It includes a Gallery of Nobel Peace Prizes, celebrating such figures as Andrei Sakharov, Elie Wiesel and Desmond Tutu.

Holly Hayes
May 6, 2011

Description of the Caen Memorial

The Caen Memorial is a stark rectangular structure located 10 minutes from the Pegasus Bridge and 15 minutes from the D-Day beaches. It provides a thought-provoking meditation on the evils of war, the importance of learning from past failures and successes, and the difficulty but necessity of finding lasting peace.

Holly Hayes
May 6, 2011

D-Day Tours

The museum also runs daily, eight-person minivan guided tours of the D-Day beaches, which begin at the museum or the Caen train station.

Holly Hayes
May 6, 2011

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