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Le Mémorial – Un Musée pour la Paix information
For an insightful and vivid account of the Battle of Normandy, the best place to head is Le Mémorial, one of Europe’s premier WWII museums. It’s a hugely impressive affair, using sound, lighting, film, animation and audio testimony, as well as a range of original artefacts, to graphically evoke the realities of war, the trials of occupation and the joy of liberation. It is situated 3km northwest of the city centre. By car, follow the signs marked ‘Le Mémorial’; by public transport, take bus 2 from place Courtonne.
All signs are in French, English and German. Audioguides (€4) are available in six languages, with different English versions for Yanks and Brits. Tickets bought after 1pm can be used to re-enter until 1pm the next day. Child care is available. See the website for details tours of the D-Day sites.