Rendez-vous at the Caen Memorial

  • Caen Memorial

    © Calvados Tourism

    Caen Memorial

    © Calvados Tourism

Rendez-vous at the Caen Memorial 14000 Caen fr

Caen, a martyr for the Liberation which was bombed during the summer of 1944, has certainly earned homage to the hardship it has faced. 

The theme of reconiciliation is held dear to the Caen Memorial and it will guide you throughout your visit, immersing you in 20th century history from World War II to the Cold War. From the assasination of the archduke Franz Ferdinand to the fall of the Berlin Wall, nearly 60 million troops would be lost. The Caen Memorial allows visitors to travel back in time and relive this period whose outcomes we have inherited. 

Permanent exhibits

  • World War II
  • The Landing and battle of Normandy
  • The Cold War
  • Opinion spots: newspapers and illustrations

The 70th anniversary of D-Day

For nearly 2 years, the Caen Memorial has been preparing for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In 2014, it will unveil 2 large exhibits that will plunge visitors into the events of this 100-day decisive battle, which would lead to the liberation of Western Europe, through 100 photos and 100 extraordinary artifacts.

New areas entirely dedicated to the year 1941 will also be available to discover, documenting the events that turned the war global, from the invasion of the USSR to the attack of Pearl Harbor. Exhibits include:

  • The Holocaust by bullets
  • Intimacy in wartime 
  • The Nuremberg trails

These exhibits aim to enhance understanding of the period in covering a range of its aspects.

A tour package will also be available for the 70th anniversary. The "Your 70th Anniversary" deal includes:

  • Morning: A guided tour of the memorial
  • Lunch: Freedom Menu at the museum's Les Pommiers buffet
  • Afternoon: a screening of the film Normandy's 100 days at the Arromanches 360 circular theatre. After the film, you can attend a talk about the artificial harbour while viewing it from the theatre's terrace.
  • Price: €46.30 per person
  • Deal only available from 01/02/2014 to 12/31/2014.

Each Tuesday from June 1st to September 30th, 2014, the Caen Memorial will offer tours dedicated to the Canadian experience of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The offer includes admission to the memorial and a tour of the Bernières-sur-Mer beach, Juno Beach centre, Canadian cemetery at Bény-sur-mer and Ardenne abbey with a bilingual guide. From €64 for youths under the age of 18 and €81 per adult.

Temporary exhibit

From May 1, to December 31, « 100 photos by Tony Vaccaro from Normandy to Berlin »

Opening hours

  • From 2/16/2013 to 11/11/2013: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • From 11/12/2013 to 1/4/2014: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays (except for December 23rd and 30th)
  • Closed:12/25/2013 and 1/1/2014
  • From 1/5/2014 to 1/27/2014, inclusive: annual closing
  • From 1/28/2014 to 2/14/2014: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays 
  • From 2/15/2014 to 11/11/2014: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Full price: €19
  • Reduced price: €16.50 
  • Children up to 10 years old: Free
  • Veterans: Free


Esplanade Général Eisenhower

14000 Caen, France 

Tel: +011 (33) 02 31 06 06 44

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