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Museums in Calvados

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From the Palolithic to modern history...

The museums of Calvados reunite a great wealth and variety of collections, many of which are quite unique.

From the Paléospace in Villers-sur-Mer to the archaelogical site of Vieux la Romaine, via the Maisons Satie in Honfleur, discover the eventful history of Calvados.

You can also pay a visit to a number of more contemporary museums and visitor centres such as the Musée des Beaux Arts (Fine Arts Museum) in Caen.

Looking for an original museum or visitor centre?

You're sure to be spolit for choice between the area's many museums and their original collections: for example, Mme de Vendeuvre's collection of miniature furniture, or Malcolm Forbes' collection of hot-air balloons at the Château de Balleroy...

Vieux la Romaine, museum and archaeological sites, located to the south of Caen
Vieux la Romaine, museum and archaeological sites, located to the south of Caen © S. Guichard

Le Calvados en images

Port de Honfleur© Calvados Tourisme
Port de Honfleur© Calvados Tourisme
Fromages Normands © Calvados Tourisme
Fromages Normands © Calvados Tourisme
Roulottes en Suisse Normande
Roulottes en Suisse Normande
Sur le quai
Sur le quai
Golf de Cabourg © G.WAIT
Golf de Cabourg © G.WAIT
Euro Kayak Polo 2007
Euro Kayak Polo 2007
Côte Fleurie © Calvados Tourisme
Côte Fleurie © Calvados Tourisme
Randonnée à Cheval en bord de mer © S.Guichard
Randonnée à Cheval en bord de mer © S.Guichard

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Arromanches 360 - Cinéma Circulaire

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS

New show 'Normandy's 100 Days'!

Arromanches 360 - Cinéma Circulaire
Chemin du Calvaire , 14117 ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 06 45

 

Automates Avenue

FALAISE

Wonder in store for the young and the not so young in this animated puppet centre in Falaise.

Automates Avenue
Boulevard de la Libération , 14700 FALAISE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 90 02 43

 

Big Red One Assault Museum

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

Big Red One Assault Museum
Le Bray , 14710 COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 53 81

 

Centre Juno Beach

COURSEULLES-SUR-MER

Located in Courseulles-sur-Mer, in the heart of the D-Day Landing beaches, the Juno Beach Centre is the only Canadian museum focusing on the Normandy Landin...

Centre Juno Beach
Voie des Français Libres , 14470 COURSEULLES-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 37 32 17

 

Espace Musée Charles Léandre

CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE

The Charles Léandre museum continues to charm visitors thanks to the originality of its museographic presentations.

Espace Musée Charles Léandre
9/11 rue Saint-Martin CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU, 14110 CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 69 41 16

 

Fine Arts Museum

CAEN

Located in the castle enclosure in Caen, the Musée des Beaux Arts (Museum of Fine Arts) is one of the largest of its kind in France.

Fine Arts Museum
Enceinte du Château Le chateau , 14000 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 30 47 70

 

Le Diorama

LISIEUX

Located right next to the Basilica of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Diorama is a museum devoted to the life of St. Thérèse.

Le Diorama
Sanctuaire de Lisieux Basilique Sainte Thérèse Avenue Jean XXIII , 14102 LISIEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 48 55 08

 

Le Mémorial de Caen

CAEN

Located in the immediate vicinity of the D-Day Landing beaches, the Mémorial de Caen visitor centre is among the essential sites focusing on the Battle of N...

Le Mémorial de Caen
Esplanade Eisenhower CS 55026 , 14050 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 06 45

 

Le Mémorial des Civils dans la Guerre

FALAISE

Qualité Tourisme

In Falaise, a museum devoted to civilians during the Second World War and during the D-Day Landings in Normandy.

Le Mémorial des Civils dans la Guerre
Place Guillaume le Conquérant , 14700 FALAISE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 06 45

 

Les Dominicaines

PONT-L'EVEQUE

The Les Dominicaines exhibition area, located in the heart of the Pays d'Auge, offers an insight into the history of Pont L'Évêque.

Les Dominicaines
Espace culturel Place du Tribunal , 14130 PONT-L'EVEQUE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 64 89 33

 

Les Maisons Satie

HONFLEUR

Maisons Satie in Honfleur is a unique visitor centre in the heart of Normandy.

Les Maisons Satie
67 boulevard Charles V , 14600 HONFLEUR
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 89 11 11

 

Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS

The Liberators Museum in Arromanches houses a collection of objects donated by veterans of the Battle of Normandy.

Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944
9 rue Colonel René Michel , 14117 ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS
Telephone : 33 (0)2 14 08 60 98

 

Maison de la Baleine

LUC-SUR-MER

Exhibition devoted to the whale that beached on the shores of Luc sur Mer in 1885.

Maison de la Baleine
Parc Municipal 45 rue de la Mer , 14530 LUC-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 97 32 71

 

Maison de la Libération

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

Maison de la Libération
27 rue du Val , 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 42 96

 

Musée America Gold Beach

VER-SUR-MER

Museum located in Ver-sur-Mer, on the D-Day Landing beaches between Courseulles-sur-Mer and Arromanches.

Musée America Gold Beach
2 place Amiral Byrd , 14114 VER-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 58 58

 

Musée André Lemaître

FALAISE

André Lemaitre was born in Falaise in 1909. The museum boasts 90 of his paintings and offers an insight into his life and works.

Musée André Lemaître
Boulevard de la Libération , 14700 FALAISE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 90 02 43

 

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire

LISIEUX

The Museum of Art and History in Lisieux is located in one of the town's last-remaining half-timbered houses.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
38 boulevard Louis Pasteur , 14100 LISIEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 62 07 70

 

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Baron Gérard (MAHB)

BAYEUX

At the foot of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Bayeux, the MAHB museum offers you a journey through Normandy's history.

Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Baron Gérard (MAHB)
37 rue du Bienvenu , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

 

Musée d'Initiation à la Nature

CAEN

The Museum of Initiation to Nature is located within the Caen City Council enclosure.

Musée d'Initiation à la Nature
Enceinte de l'hôtel de ville , 14027 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 30 43 27

 

Musée D-Day Omaha

VIERVILLE-SUR-MER

Located on the heights above Omaha Beach, the D-Day Omaha Museum offers a display of exceptional pieces and equipment used during the Normandy Landings.

Musée D-Day Omaha
Route de Grandcamp Maisy , 14710 VIERVILLE-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 71 80

 

Musée de l'imprimerie typographique

CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE

Within the prestigious setting of the reception hall at Corlet Numérique in Condé-sur-Noireau.

Musée de l'imprimerie typographique
Corlet numérique ZA Charles Tellier CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU, 14110 CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 59 20 67

 

Musée de la Bataille de Tilly-sur-Seulles 1944

TILLY-SUR-SEULLES

The Musée de la Bataille de Tilly-sur-Seulles tells the story of the battle between the 30th British Army Corps and the German troops around Tilly-sur-Seull...

Musée de la Bataille de Tilly-sur-Seulles 1944
Chapelle Notre Dame du Val , 14250 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES

 

Musée de la Batterie de Merville

MERVILLE-FRANCEVILLE-PLAGE

The Merville artillery battery, one of the major fortifications that comprised the Atlantic Wall, was one of the key Allied targets during the Normandy Land...

Musée de la Batterie de Merville
Place du 9e Bataillon , 14810 MERVILLE-FRANCEVILLE-PLAGE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 91 47 53

 

Musée de la Meunerie

LE MOLAY-LITTRY

This Musée de la Meunerie milling museum in Le Molay-Littry presents the activities of a 19th century farm watermill which is still operational to this day.

Musée de la Meunerie
Moulin de Marcy , 14330 LE MOLAY-LITTRY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 42 13

 

Musée de la Mine

LE MOLAY-LITTRY

Part of the museum is devoted to Normandy's coal mining industry.

Musée de la Mine
Rue de la Fosse Frandemiche , 14330 LE MOLAY-LITTRY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 89 10

 

Musée de la Mine

SAINT-GERMAIN-LE-VASSON

Western France's last iron-ore mine, the Carreau du Livet offers a display of wheeled and rail machinery raised from the depths, together with miners' equip...

Musée de la Mine
Carreau du Livet , 14190 SAINT-GERMAIN-LE-VASSON
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 90 53 44

 

Musée de la Percée du Bocage

SOULEUVRE EN BOCAGE

Located between Caen and Vire, the La Percée du Bocage Museum tells the story of the Bocage combatants following the D-Day Landings in Normandy.

Musée de la Percée du Bocage
5, rue du 19 mars 1962 SAINT-MARTIN-DES-BESACES, 14350 SOULEUVRE EN BOCAGE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 67 52 78 - 33 (0)2 31 68 62 85

 

Musée de Normandie

CAEN

The Musée de Normandie (Normandy Museum) in Caen is located within William the Conqueror's ducal castle. Discover the story of Normandy's foundation and the...

Musée de Normandie
Enceinte du Château , 14000 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 30 47 60

 

Musée de Vire

VIRE NORMANDIE

The Musée de Vire museum in Normandy reunites a rich collection of Norman costumes, furniture and cutlery, along with paintings from Huet to Charles Léandre...

Musée de Vire
2 place Sainte-Anne BP 10043 VIRE, 14502 VIRE NORMANDIE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 66 66 50

 

Musée des Ballons

BALLEROY-SUR-DROME

Created in 1975 upon the initiative of Malcolm Forbes, the museum is located within the castle's outbuildings and retraces the history of the aerostation.

Musée des Ballons
Château BALLEROY, 14490 BALLEROY-SUR-DROME
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 06 76

 

Musée des Epaves Sous-Marines

COMMES

Located near Port-en-Bessin, in the immediate vicinity of the D-Day Landing Beaches, the Shipwreck Museum reunites the ships wrecked during the Normandy Lan...

Musée des Epaves Sous-Marines
Route de Bayeux RD 6 , 14520 COMMES
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 17 06

 

Musée du Débarquement

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS

The D-Day Museum in Arromanches is a site not to be missed over your tour of the landing beaches. It offers a fascinating insight into how the famous artifi...

Musée du Débarquement
Place du 6 Juin , 14117 ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 34 31

 

Musée du Mobilier Miniature

VENDEUVRE

Vendeuvre houses the world's leading collection of miniature furniture with over 750 skilfully made masterpieces, silverware, ivories and much more... datin...

Musée du Mobilier Miniature
Le Château , 14170 VENDEUVRE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 40 93 83

 

Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique Le Bunker

OUISTREHAM

Located within one of the Atlantic Wall's former firing posts, this museum presents a reconstruction of the site as it stood in 1944.

Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique Le Bunker
106 avenue du 6 juin , 14150 OUISTREHAM
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 97 28 69

 

Musée du N°4 Commando

OUISTREHAM

Located on the D-Day Landing beaches, the N°4 Commando Museum in Ouistreham offers you an insight into the story of this French commando led by Philippe Kie...

Musée du N°4 Commando
Place Alfred Thomas Face au casino , 14150 OUISTREHAM
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 96 63 10

 

Musée du quotidien de nos grands-parents
8 rue Durant , 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 10 05 42

 

Musée du Vieux Honfleur

HONFLEUR

On the banks of Honfleur's Old Harbour, the Musées du Vieux Honfleur include the marine museum and the ethnography museum.

Musée du Vieux Honfleur
Musée de la Marine-Musée d'Ethnographie Rue de la prison , 14600 HONFLEUR
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 89 14 12

 

Musée Eugène Boudin

HONFLEUR

The Eugène Boudin Museum reunites a vast collection of pre-Impressionist paintings by the Norman artists who paid regular visits to Honfleur, such as Monet,...

Musée Eugène Boudin
Rue de l'Homme de Bois , 14600 HONFLEUR
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 89 54 00

 

Musée Hardy

CLECY

André Hardy is an artist who explores everything with delight, and in his studio you can admire the diversity of his creations.

Musée Hardy
Place du Tripot , 14570 CLECY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 79 70 45

 

Musée Mémorial d'Omaha Beach

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

On the shores of Omaha Beach, the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum reunites a find collection of uniforms, weapons, personal belongings and vehicles used during ...

Musée Mémorial d'Omaha Beach
Avenue de la Libération , 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 97 44

 

Musée Mémorial de la Battle of Normandy

BAYEUX

Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated from the German occupation, on the 7th of June 1944.

Musée Mémorial de la Battle of Normandy
Boulevard Fabian Ware , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

 

Musée Mémorial Pegasus

RANVILLE

Located between Caen and the beaches, the Pegasus Memorial retraces the arrival on Norman soil of the very first liberators on the night of the 5th to the 6...

Musée Mémorial Pegasus
Avenue du Major Howard BP n°2 , 14860 RANVILLE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 78 19 44

 

Musée Michel Piel

CABOURG

Permanent exhibition of paintings by the Cabourg-born artist Michel Piel.

Musée Michel Piel
29 avenue Alfred Piat , 14390 CABOURG
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 20 00

 

Musée municipal le Vieux Manoir

ORBEC

Museum located within the "Vieux Manoir", a typical half-timbered Augeron construction dating from the 16th century.

Musée municipal le Vieux Manoir
107 rue Grande , 14290 ORBEC
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 32 58 89 - 33 (0)2 31 32 82 02

 

Musée Radar

DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE

Museum devoted to the history of the radar installed within the former Douvres-la-Délivrande observation station.

Musée Radar
Route de Basly , 14440 DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 06 45

 

Musée Villa Montebello

TROUVILLE-SUR-MER

Overlooking the seaside resorts of Trouville and Deauville, the Villa Montebello museum has housed collections belonging to the Trouville museum since 1972...

Musée Villa Montebello
Villa Montebello 64 rue Général Leclerc , 14360 TROUVILLE-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 88 16 26

 

Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

From the shores of Omaha Beach, complete your visit with a tour of the Visitor Center.

Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center
Omaha Beach , 14710 COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 62 00

 

Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

Located in the heart of the D-Day Landing beaches, opposite the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, the brand new Overlord Museum exhibits the Leloup f...

Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach
Lotissement Omaha Center Rond-point du cimetière américain , 14710 COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 00 55

 

Paléospace l'Odyssée

VILLERS-SUR-MER

Qualité Tourisme

Imagine what the world was like 160 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth... A museum waiting to be discovered!

Paléospace l'Odyssée
5 avenue Jean Moulin , 14640 VILLERS-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 81 77 60

 

Souterroscope des Ardoisières

CAUMONT-SUR-AURE

Visit an underground former slate quarry in the heart of Normandy, between Caen and Vire.

Souterroscope des Ardoisières
Route de Saint Lô CAUMONT-L'EVENTE, 14240 CAUMONT-SUR-AURE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 71 15 15

 

Tapisserie de Bayeux

BAYEUX

The famous Bayeux Tapestry is one of many museums not to be missed in Calvados.

Tapisserie de Bayeux
13 bis rue Nesmond , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

 

Vieux la Romaine, musée et sites archéologiques

VIEUX

Reduced mobilityHearing impairmentMental disability

Discover the day-to-day lives of the Gallo-Romans thanks to vestiges unearthed over 3 centuries on the site of the former capital Aregenua, today known as "...

Vieux la Romaine, musée et sites archéologiques
Route de Feuguerolles , 14930 VIEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 71 10 20