Musée Mémoire 39/45

at Calais

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  • The World War II Museum (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.
    Opening hours 2018
    From February 10 to March 11 (inclusive) (11 am-5pm daily except Tuesday and Sunday)
    From April 7th to April 30th (included) (11 am-5pm every day except Tuesday and Sunday)
    From May 1st to September 30th (included) (10 am-6pm daily)
  • Spoken languages
    • de*
    • English
    • fr*
    • nl*
  • Tourism and handicap
  • Documentation
  • Activities
    • Temporary exhibitions
    • Museum
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  • Visite du musée 39-45

    J'ai beaucoup apprécié cette visite au musée. De plus j'ai trouvé que c'était bien expliqué

  • Visit of Calais

    We went at the end of August and it was fine for us. We have never had any trouble with any of the migrants on the foot passenger route as there are none! There are police every hundred yards, so none even attempt going near the terminal. Our main reason was to visit the 2nd World war Museum which was a Navy Bunker occupied by the German Army in World War 2. We found the person selling us the tickets very helpful and was given a map and headphones which were translated into English for us. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend. Calais beach is beautiful. When we visit Rue Royal we usually walk up to the beach for a stroll. In good weather we paddle on the beach and if not we just go for a bracing stroll. Fantastic view, beautiful sand and great area. Sad that the Brits usually drive passed it all. Before going back, we went to Cite Europe to make some shopping, this place is great for shopping, lots of different shops and a huge supermarket selling lots of different foods, some British brands too Very clean, tidy and easy to get around plus free parking Just a quick 20mins drive from calais ferry port We’ll be back in december for Christmas events and shopping.