Petit Futé's opinion on CAEN MEMORIAL
If there is one place that cannot be ignored in the field of remembrance tourism in Normandy, with nearly 35 years of existence, it is the Caen Memorial. Bombed out and a martyred city during the Liberation, Caen deserved a tribute commensurate with its sufferings. Labelled a "Museum of France", the Memorial was inaugurated on June 6, 1988 by the President of the Republic, François Mitterrand, in the presence of many other heads of state representing the eleven other countries involved in the Battle of Normandy. Initially intended by Jean-Marie Girault, senator and mayor of Caen for 31 years, and then designed by the Caen architect Jacques Millet, this famous "museum for peace" has today become one of the most important sites of contemporary history in Europe.
Between its walls and this crack, like a gaping wound through which one enters, a panorama of history unfolds, from 1918 to the present day. A scenography which is part of a continuity which, unfortunately, leads us to the Second World War, of which our region still bears the stigma, its origins and its stages: the Battle of Normandy, the advance of the Allied forces into France, the history of the Shoah, daily life under the occupation by Nazi Germany, the D-Day Landings... The majority of the spaces are dedicated to the Second World War, but the historical tour is also enriched with detailed information on the Cold War, the two Germanies, the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as a reflection on peace and the fragility of human rights.
The latest innovation, unique in Europe, is an immersive room equipped with the latest technology, where a film (about 20 minutes long) is projected in 360° on 11 screens, tracing the history of Europe in the 20th century. Sessions are held every 30 minutes, starting at 10:30 am.
The Memorial brings together generations (it is the organizer of the high school students' pleading competition) and offers conferences, symposiums, educational activities, temporary exhibitions and thematic evenings throughout the year. The Memorial also multiplies beautiful projects on the web and social networks, such as the historical "story" every Thursday on Instagram, do not hesitate to take a look!
Finally, a little tip for visiting! With a surface area of 14,000m2 on three levels, including 5,600m2 of permanent exhibitions, it's best to take your time for this immersion in history, in order to understand all its facets. A good half day is not too much.
Information on CAEN MEMORIAL
Closed in January and on 25 December. February-March, every day from 9am to 6pm. April to September, from 9am to 7pm. From October to December, from 9:30 am to 6 pm (closed on some Mondays). Free for children under 9 years old. Adult : 19,80 € (reduced 17,50 €). Ticket for 2 sites : Caen Memorial + Arromanches 360° Circular Cinema: €22.50. Ticket for 2 sites : Caen Memorial + Civilian War Memorial: 24 €. Ticket 3 sites : Caen Memorial + Arromanches 360° Circular Cinema + Cité de la Mer: 31 €. Children welcome. Catering. Shop. Animations. Visit time 3h to 4h.
Services offered by CAEN MEMORIAL
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible to people with reduced mobility
- Accommodations for the hearing impaired
- Facilities for the visually impaired
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