Caen Memorial

D-Day and Battle of Normandy museum

Built on 10 September 1986 on the remains of the command post of the 716th German infantry division, the Caen Memorial was inaugurated on 6 June 1988 and traces the history of the Battle of Normandy as well as that of the Second World War World.

Several scenographies, enriched with period objects and archival films, explain life under the Occupation, concentration camps, regained freedom and the consequences of this world conflict on our present society, with a focus on the Cold War.

In 1991 the Nobel Peace Prize Gallery was inaugurated under the main building. This location, located at the very heart of the German command post commanded by General Richter, hosts since 2014 an exhibition retracing the history of this site.

Every year, conferences, symposiums, exhibitions, debates, concerts and film screenings are scheduled all year round, in connection with the themes covered in the museum.

In the Memorial Valley, three souvenir gardens (American, Canadian and British) were created in memory of the Allied forces engaged in the Battle of Normandy.

Useful Information


Esplanade Général Eisenhower
CS 55026
F-14050 Caen

Telephone: +33 2 31 06 06 44
Website: Mémorial de Caen


By car: Motorway A13 coming from Paris (2h) or A84 coming from Rennes, exit 7 of the Northern ring road.
By train: Saint-Lazare train station from Paris (2h), then take a taxi or tram A until stop Saint-Pierre then bus No2 towards La Folie – Mémorial.
By bus: Line No2 towards La Folie – Memorial from the city center