Caen, one of the most modern cities of the low region of Normandy, played a heavy rol in the battle of Normandy in both Allies and Germans belligerents. This is the reason why here it is found the most extended museum: The Caen Memorial Museum.
What to see?
Officially opened on 6th June of 1988 on the 44th anniversary of the Normandy Landing. Its original name is The Caen-Normandy Memorial: Center for History and Peace, in commemoration for the Second World War and dedicated to the violence history and the intensive conflict of the 20th century.
The museum itself is surrounded by three gardens commemorating the three principal Allies in the battle: Canadians, British and American. Moreover, recently the museum opened a new section focused on the Cold War. The museum has many historical pieces such as war wachines, (deactivated) weapons and even a bit of the Berlin Wall!
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The museum offers you the option to take an audioguide (with an additional price), which will allow you to learn and interact with all you must know about the Second World War: The Holocaust, the Nazi occupied zones and a review of both European and Pacific war, as well as the Cold War and, particularly, the Battle of Normandy.
In order to visit this incredibly museum, we recommend to take a tour or rent a private car. Also there are accesses available from Caen with bus and tram, but with many transfers which will last around 30 minutes to 1 hour to arrive.
Hours: Open daily from 9am to 7 pm. Closed on Mondays from November to Febrary. Closed most of January.
Access: Esplanade Général Eisenhower, 14050