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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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'La Percée du Bocage' Museum

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.

'La Percée du Bocage' Museum
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

 

America Museum - Gold Beach

VER-SUR-MER

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

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

 

André Hardy Museum

CLECY

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

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

 

André Lemaître Museum

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.

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

 

Arromanches 360 - Circular Cinema

ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS

New show 'Normandy's 100 Days'!

Arromanches 360 - Circular Cinema
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

 

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History (MAHB)

BAYEUX

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

Baron Gérard Museum of Art and History (MAHB)
37 rue du Bienvenu , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

 

Bayeux Tapestry

BAYEUX

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

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

 

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

 

Caen Memorial

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...

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

 

Charles Léandre Museum

CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE

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

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

 

Civilian War Memorial Museum

FALAISE

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

Civilian War Memorial Museum
Place Guillaume le Conquérant , 14700 FALAISE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 06 06 45

 

Conservatoire de la Dentelle

BAYEUX

This teaching workshop is open to the public, offering the opportunity to discover samples of the famous lace that was to offer the town of Bayeux and its s...

Conservatoire de la Dentelle
Maison d'Adam et Eve 6 rue du Bienvenu , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 92 73 80

 

D-Day Omaha Museum

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.

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

 

Eugène Boudin Museum

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,...

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

 

Flour Mill Museum

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.

Flour Mill Museum
Moulin de Marcy , 14330 LE MOLAY-LITTRY
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 42 13

 

French-British Museum of Commando N°4

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...

French-British Museum of Commando N°4
Place Alfred Thomas Face au casino , 14150 OUISTREHAM
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 96 63 10

 

Hot-Air Balloon Museum

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.

Hot-Air Balloon Museum
Château BALLEROY, 14490 BALLEROY-SUR-DROME
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 06 76

 

House of the Liberation

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

House of the Liberation
27 rue du Val , 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 42 96

 

House of the Whale

LUC-SUR-MER

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

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

 

Juno Beach Centre

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...

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

 

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 Saumonier (Salmon Farm)

BAYEUX

Come and discover a traditional fish smoke house in Bayeux, in the immediate vicinity of the D-Day Landing beaches: Le Saumonier.

Le Saumonier (Salmon Farm)
13, rue de la Résistance , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 59 91

 

Le Vieux Manor Museum

ORBEC

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

Le Vieux Manor Museum
1 rue Guillonnière , 14290 ORBEC
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 32 58 89 - 33 (0)2 31 62 07 70

 

Les Dominicaines museum

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

 

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

 

Memorial Museum of 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 ...

Memorial Museum of Omaha Beach
Avenue de la Libération , 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 97 44

 

Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy

BAYEUX

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

Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy
Boulevard Fabian Ware , 14400 BAYEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 51 25 50

 

Mining Museum

LE MOLAY-LITTRY

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

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

 

Mining Museum

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...

Mining Museum
Carreau du Livet , 14190 SAINT-GERMAIN-LE-VASSON
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 90 53 44

 

Museum of Art and History

LISIEUX

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

Museum of Art and History
38 boulevard Louis Pasteur , 14100 LISIEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 62 07 70

 

Museum of Initiation to Nature

CAEN

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

Museum of Initiation to Nature
Enceinte de l'hôtel de ville , 14027 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 30 43 27

 

Museum of Miniature Furniture

VENDEUVRE

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

Museum of Miniature Furniture
Le Château , 14170 VENDEUVRE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 40 93 83

 

Museum of Normandy

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...

Museum of Normandy
Château , 14000 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 30 40 85

 

Museum of Our Ancestors

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER

Museum of Our Ancestors
8 rue Durant , 14710 SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 10 05 42

 

Museum of the Battle of 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...

Museum of the Battle of Tilly-sur-Seulles 1944
Chapelle Notre Dame du Val , 14250 TILLY-SUR-SEULLES

 

Museum of the Beaux-Arts

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.

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

 

Museum of the Landings

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...

Museum of the Landings
Place du 6 Juin , 14117 ARROMANCHES-LES-BAINS
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 22 34 31

 

Museum of the Merville Military Battery

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...

Museum of the Merville Military Battery
Place du 9e Bataillon , 14810 MERVILLE-FRANCEVILLE-PLAGE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 91 47 53

 

Museum of Typography

CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE

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

Museum of Typography
Corlet numérique ZA Charles Tellier CONDE-SUR-NOIREAU, 14110 CONDE-EN-NORMANDIE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 59 20 67

 

Museum of Underwater Wrecks

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...

Museum of Underwater Wrecks
Route de Bayeux RD 6 , 14520 COMMES
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 21 17 06

 

Museums of Old Honfleur

HONFLEUR

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

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

 

Naturospace

HONFLEUR

Naturospace, in Honfleur, is an indoor and air-conditioned Amazonian garden where tropical butterflies fly in total freedom: a hundred different species fro...

Naturospace
Boulevard Charles V , 14600 HONFLEUR
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 81 77 00

 

Odyssey Paleospace

VILLERS-SUR-MER

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

Odyssey Paleospace
5 avenue Jean Moulin , 14640 VILLERS-SUR-MER
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 81 77 60

 

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

 

Pegasus Memorial Museum

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...

Pegasus Memorial Museum
Avenue du Major Howard , 14860 RANVILLE
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 78 19 44

 

Plan de Rome

CAEN

At the University of Caen, just a stone's throw from the castle, the Plan of Rome is a unique scale model measuring approximately 70m2 and created by the No...

Plan de Rome
Université de Caen Basse-Normandie Esplanade de la Paix , 14032 CAEN
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 56 62 38

 

Radar Museum

DOUVRES-LA-DELIVRANDE

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

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

 

Saint Germain de Livet Château-Museum

SAINT-GERMAIN-DE-LIVET

Reputed to be the jewel in the Pays d'Auge crown, the Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet is located to the south of Lisieux, in Calvados. Visit the castle th...

Saint Germain de Livet Château-Museum
D 268 , 14100 SAINT-GERMAIN-DE-LIVET
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 31 00 03

 

Souterroscope des Ardoisières underground quarry

CAUMONT-SUR-AURE

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

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

 

The Bunker, Museum of the Atlantic Wall

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.

The Bunker, Museum of the Atlantic Wall
106 avenue du 6 juin , 14150 OUISTREHAM
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 97 28 69

 

The Maisons Satie Museum

HONFLEUR

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

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

 

Vieux-la-Romaine, museum and archaeological sites

VIEUX

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, museum and archaeological sites
Route de Feuguerolles , 14930 VIEUX
Telephone : 33 (0)2 31 71 10 20

 

Villa Montebello Museum

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...

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

 

Visitor Centre - American Cemetery of Normandy

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER

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

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