The Memorial de Caen museum

The Memorial de Caen museum

Discover the whole Story at the Mémorial de Caen museum.

The extraordinary success of Le Memorial de Caen lies in the initial resolve of its founder, Mr Jean-Marie Girault. This martyr city of the liberation, bombed in the summer of 1944, deserved a fitting tribute for the damage it suffered. And such a tribute was paid, but with the focus on what continues to be Le Mémorial’s running theme: reconciliation. This vocation, unique to Le Memorial de Caen, will guide you through the museum’s different stages, taking you back over the 20th century.

This chapter in global history opened in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and partly ended on 9 November 1989 in Berlin with the “Fall of the Wall”.

Between these two dates and between these two World Wars, some 60 millions people would lose their lives and the most hostile of political systems to the key principles of respecting life would plunge the world into the chaos and brutality that characterized the last century.
We are all heirs to this century whose memory we must keep alive at all costs. The memory of the people who suffered, the memory of ideas and the memory of sacrifices to save us from “man’s inhumanity to man”.
We are delighted to welcome all our visitor friends, whoever you may be and wherever you’re from, in the hope that the time you spend at the Mémorial de Caen museum proves fulfilling and worthwhile.

Text quoted from Mémorial de Caen website. Image copyright Mémorial de Caen.

Attraction Details

phone number: +33 (0)2 31 06 06 45



address 1: Esplanade General Eisenhower

address 2: Caen cedex 4

postcode: 14050

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