Description: The Caen Memorial is a museum for Peace that gives an overall history of war from 1918 to the present day. It is split into many different sections starting with a journey into history in the aftermath of WW1 and then moving on to various aspects of WW2 including the French Resistance and D-Day. Sections on the world and the Cold War and the world for Peace can also be visited. The attention to detail in the exhibits and the layout of the museum is first class.
Location: On the NW section of Caen’s outer ring road,. Exit at Junction 7 (D22 for Creully) and follow signs.
General info: Prices start from €19* for adults and €16* for children (aged 10 to 18). There are special rates for families, and you can buy a ticket that includes lunch at a reduced rate. The museum is open from the beginning of February to the end of December.
Website: http://www.memorial-caen.fr, this is an excellent web-site in English and French and well worth consulting.
Our Recommendations: To fully appreciate all that the museum has to offer ideally takes a whole day as not only are there the many different sections to visit but there are also some excellent films to watch. If lots of head knowledge all gets too much take time out to stroll through the lovely gardens of Peace and let children run off a bit of steam.
For the Children: Children under 10 are free and there are special rates for families with older children. While museums are not always the number one choice for children this one is very visual. It is also possible to buy several different guide books (in English) specially devised for children of varying ages. There is also a free crêche for children under 11 years of age.
* please note that prices are subject to change, so check the providers’ website for latest information
Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Normandy:
- Chateaux / Gardens
- D-Day Sites
- Food & Drink