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Falaise Memorial (Mémorial de Falaise)
Falaise Memorial (Mémorial de Falaise)

Falaise Memorial (Mémorial de Falaise)

12 Place Guillaume le Conquérant, Falaise, Normandy, 14700

The Basics

The Falaise Memorial paints a vivid picture of life during one of the most difficult times in Normany’s history. The museum’s three floors showcase a moving, sobering array of objects, interactive exhibitions, and recordings that reveal what life was like for French citizens living under Nazi occupation. Exhibits include everything from the ruins of a bombed house to an immersive film that transports visitors back to that dark era of history.

Pre-book single-visit tickets or a family pass online, or opt for a combination ticket and visit the museum along with other local sights.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Falaise Memorial is a popular destination for history buffs interested in WWII.

  • Audio guides in English, German, and Dutch are available for a small additional fee.

  • A bookstore and gift shop are located on the ground floor.

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How to Get There

The Falaise Memorial is located in the town of Falaise in Normandy (known primarily as the birthplace of William the Conqueror). It is a roughly 3-hour drive west of Paris, and also within day-trip distance of hubs like Caen, Le Havre, and Rouen. The nearest train stations are in Caen, Flers, and Argentan.

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When to Get There

The Falaise Memorial is open seasonally, from approximately early April to early November. Visiting hours and opening days vary from month to month; check schedules before visiting.

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Other Nearby WWII Landmarks

After your visit to the Falaise Memorial, head to other nearby attractions, including the 1944 Radar Museum (Musée Radar 1944); the Caen Memorial Museum (Caen Mémorial), which offers exhibits about WWII, the invasion of Normandy, and the Cold War; and the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, which shows films about the invasion of Normandy. Combination tickets that include multiple sites are available.

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