Key stage 2 (7-11)

Find here all the resources you need to prepare your visit to the Memorial Museum with your students.

Guided tour

American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer

The D-Day landing beaches

How the site visits are organised:

  • The guide meets you at the Caen Mémorial museum, in your coach (which must be fitted with a microphone).
  • During the outbound trip, the guide gives an introduction which sets the D-Day landings against the general background of the Second World War. They explain why Normandy was chosen to reconquer Europe, and the stakes involved in the D-Day landings.
  • At the end of the circuit, return to the museum to drop the guide off.

Duration: 3.5 hours

 

German Battery
Located in the heart of the Allied landing zone, between Omaha Beach and Gold Beach, the German battery at Longues-sur-mer is one of the batteries of the Atlantic Wall. In 1944, it comprised four casemates, each housing a 150mm gun, a fire direction post built into the cliff edge and various concrete installations used as shelters or ammunition bunkers.

American Cemetery
The Colleville-sur-Mer military cemetery is one of two American cemeteries in Normandy. Overlooking Omaha Beach, it contains 9,386 graves of American soldiers who fell during D-Day and the ensuing battle. With its impressive array of white crosses, this place of remembrance pays tribute to the sacrifice of American youth in the liberation of Europe.

Omaha Beach
Omaha is the code name for one of the five landing sectors. Closed in by a small cliff giving the defenders the upper hand, this 6 km long beach quickly became a hellish place for the GIs who landed at dawn on June 6. The loss of life was so great that the beach earned the nickname "Bloody Omaha".

German Cemetery
With 21,222 graves, the La Cambe cemetery is the largest German necropolis in Normandy. Its grey granite crosses and ground stelae give it a very austere appearance. In the center, a tumulus contains the bodies of unidentified combatants. A peace garden with over a thousand trees has been laid out nearby. Each tree represents a signatory to the petition of the Volksbund, an association for peace and against violence in the world.

American Cemetery
The Colleville-sur-Mer military cemetery is one of two American cemeteries in Normandy. Overlooking Omaha Beach, it contains 9,386 graves of American soldiers who fell during D-Day and the ensuing battle. With its impressive array of white crosses, this place of remembrance pays tribute to the sacrifice of American youth in the liberation of Europe.

Omaha Beach
Omaha is the code name for one of the five landing sectors. Closed in by a small cliff giving the defenders the upper hand, this 6 km long beach quickly became a hellish place for the GIs who landed at dawn on June 6. The loss of life was so great that the beach earned the nickname "Bloody Omaha".

Information and booking

Booking service

+33 (0)2 31 06 06 45
Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Mémorial de Caen

Don't forget

  • To help your students relax and enable our teams to present the site, you are advised to arrive 1/4 hour prior to the scheduled time.
  • For safety reasons, bags are not allowed in the museum and students must leave them in the coach.
  • The students remain under the authority of the accompanying adults. They will not be able to access the visit without supervision.
  • The Caen Memorial Museum has a free coach park for 22 vehicles and a cleaning station.
Mémorial de Caen