The Mémorial de Caen offers its visitors the opportunity to take a historical journey through the 20th century, discovering major events from the end of the First World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, and focusing more particularly on the European perspective of these historical episodes. It has a whole section covering D-Day and is the only museum in Normandy to relate the intensity of the Invasion that followed and explain its preparation in both enemy camps.
The museum encourages people to think actively about history, memory and peace, and is therefore an essential tool for understanding the world and its transformations. It is also the best way of introducing and explaining D-Day and of understanding in what way the one hundred days of the Invasion of Normandy were a major turning point in history.
The DAY PASS
Readers of our website are welcome to request a Day Pass at a reduced rate (please email us). The Day Pass is made up of a self-guided visit of the Mémorial de Caen itself and a guided tour of the D-Day Landing Beaches and key sites. You can spend as much time as you wish discovering the Mémorial de Caen on the same day as your Landing Beaches guided tour or on another day.
The Landing Beaches guided tour: a complete 4 to 5 hours round trip with a bilingual guide from Le Mémorial de Caen in an air-conditioned mini-van including the visit of the following main sites: the artificial harbour at Arromanches, the battery at Longues-sur-Mer, the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc.
There’s a restaurant and a café at the Mémorial for meals and refreshments.