Mémorial de Caen

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Le Mémorial de Caen
Mémorial de Caen is located in Caen
Mémorial de Caen
Location within Caen
Established 1989
Location Esplanade Eisenhower, BP 55026, 14050 Caen Cedex 4
Coordinates 49°11′51″N 0°23′03″W / 49.197438°N 0.384135°W / 49.197438; -0.384135
Type peace museum, war memorial
Visitors 400,000 (2007)
Public transit access no 2 bus (terminus)
Website memorial-caen.fr

The Mémorial de Caen is a museum and war memorial in Caen, Normandy, France commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. The building and grounds are located in the northern suburbs of the city of Caen on the site of an old blockhouse. The architect was Jacques Millet and the original curator was Yves Degraine.

The memorial is dedicated to the history of violence and intensive, outstanding conflict in the 20th Century and particularly World War II. The museum was officially opened on June 6, 1988 (the 44th anniversary of D-Day) by the French President François Mitterrand. The original building deals primarily with World War II, looking at the causes and course of the conflict.

The museum was subsequently extended:

  • In 1991 a gallery dedicated to the Nobel Peace Prize was added
  • Three memorial gardens, The American Garden, The British Garden and the Canadian Garden were dedicated to the three main allied nations involved in liberating France
  • An extension focusing on the Cold War and the search for Peace was opened by President Jacques Chirac in 2002. It comprises neutralized warheads, planes and a fragment of the Wall of Berlin.



  • This article is a summary translation of the French Wikipedia Article

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