Mémorial de Caen

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The Mémorial de Caen is a museum and war memorial dedicated to the causes and consequences of World War II taking the year 1918 as its starting point.


Inaugurated on 6th June 1988 by François Mitterrand, the Mémorial de Caen is a landmark museum on the history of the 20th century.
Awarded Musée de France status, it sets out to demonstrate the importance of understanding the history of the world to understand the world today. Based on its innovative and emotion-charged displays, this City of History for Peace offers a journey through history and a pause for thought on our future via three key exhibition areas: international tensions during the Second World War, the Cold War and also the subject of Peace.
In addition to its historic interests, the Mémorial de Caen seeks to demonstrate the fragility and demands of Peace and Human Rights.
A major cultural and tourist site in Normandy, the Mémorial de Caen is set in almost 90 acres of gardens and is today one of the most popular memorial sites in Europe attracting 400,000 visitors every year. The winner of many prizes for its facilities and fascinating museum displays, the site also offers guided tours.




Four permanent displays and a temporary exhibition at the Mémorial de Caen give visitors a broad understanding of 20th century history.

Permanent spaces:

  • Berlin at the heart of the Cold War
  • Taches d'Opinions – Global current affairs through press cartoons
  • World War, Total War
  • The Normandy Landings and the Battle of Normandy


The Mémorial de Caen offers visitors a comprehensive multi-language audioguide service in addition to its guided tours.


The Mémorial de Caen

Esplanade Eisenhower B.P. 55026 - 14050 Caen Cedex 4

Tél : +33 (0)2 31 06 06 45

Fax : +33 (0)2 31 06 01 66

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Opening times




Site of the Caen Musée de la Paix memorial



Memory of Normandy



Site of the Calvados tourist board




Website of Normandy's regional tourist committee


  • Mémorial de Caen. Photo DMPA Régis Hidalgo

  • Le Mémorial de Caen. ©Licence Creative Commons. Libre de droit

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    Esplanade Eisenhower - CS 55026 14066
    caen Cedex 4
    02 31 06 06 44


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    Du 5 au 27 janvier 2014 inclus Fermé le 25 décembre et le 1er janvier