The Falaise Memorial: the only museum entirely dedicated to the fate of civilians

Before the opening of the Mémorial de Falaise – La Guerre des Civils in 2016, the fate of civilians was sometimes evoked in places of memory. But until now, a museum had never chosen to devote itself entirely to the daily lives of populations in times of armed conflict.

What is the daily life of populations in times of war? How do we live under the Occupation, the bombardments, the exodus? So many subjects on which one wonders when one is interested in the life of civilians in times of war.

An unmissable site in Normandy

Specially designed for families, the routes of the Mémorial de Falaise – La Guerre des Civils, spread over three floors, immerse you in the daily life of families in times of war.

Through the 1000m2 of exhibition, you will discover the moving testimonies of survivors as well as a collection of everyday objects and unpublished archives from the collections of the Caen Memorial and residents of Falaise Country.

Civilians and the Occupation

The first part of the visit is devoted to the period of Occupation in Normandy. It evokes in particular the daily life of the French, the repression of the Norman Resistance, the persecution of the Jewish populations or the exodus.

Civilians and Liberation

The visit continues with the space dedicated to the Liberation. It tells of the hell of the Allied bombings that destroyed many Norman towns. A final part also addresses the issue of Reconstruction, which promises to be long and complicated.

The Civil War: the immersive film

The visit also includes an exceptional immersive film shown at the very spot where the remains of a dwelling destroyed by the bombings of the summer of 1944 were discovered. Edited from English, German and French archive images, the projection plunges the spectator into the heart of the hell of the bombings of the Second World War.

Opening time

DatesSchedules
From 9 February to 8 MayEvery day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
From May 9 to July 8Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
From July 9 to August 28Every day from 10h to 18h
From August 29 to October 23 Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
From October 24 to November 6 Every day from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.

Prices

Type Price
Basic price – Adult Full price 7,50 €
Reduced price 6,50 €

to get there

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The Falaise Memorial – The Civil War
William the Conqueror Square
14700 FALAISE

+ 02 31 06 06 45

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Falaise discovery pass

Visit the three unmissable sites of the birthplace of William the Conqueror thanks to the Falaise Discovery Pass, on sale exclusively at the Tourist Office for the single price of €49!

Pass découverte de Falaise