Museum of memory 39-45
The Museum of memory 39-45 (Musée de Mémoire 39-45), located in the heart of the city in an authentic blockhouse of the Kriegsmarine (German War Navy), will let you relive the dire fate of the inhabitants of Calais during the Second World War by means of numerous photographs, press cuttings and objects from everyday life.
Twenty exhibition rooms and a projection room will allow you to discover the history of the city of the Six Burghers and witness the memorable events that marked this period and the local population. You will discover numerous uniforms from World War II, particularly the "Green Jackets" of the British army, present at Calais in 1940, but also parts of aeroplanes brought down in the region during the war, many contemporary posters and an authentic German telephone exchange. Numerous personal belongings of both soldiers and civilians will make your visit even more moving. Highly realistic scale models will also enable you to visualise the concentration camps.
An entire room of the museum, inaugurated last September, is dedicated to the undoubtedly important role of women in the war. Numerous photographs, posters and of course personal belongings have been brought together and are now on display to pay hommage to the unsung female heroes of Calais who played their part in History. Lest they be forgotten.
Opening hours :
from 1 February to 30 April: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Tuesday)
from 1 May to 30 September: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
from 1 October to 30 November: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed on Tuesday)
The whole year: groups by advance booking
Admission prices :
Individual visitors: € 6 (free audio guide)
Families: € 14
Groups: € 5 / person
Museum of memory 39-45 (musée de Mémoire 39-45)
Tel : 03 21 34 21 57