Musée de la Libération


This excellent museum is set in the Fort du Roule, a Second Empire fortress which was occupied by the Germans during WW2 and liberated by the Americans in 1944. Cherbourg was the first port freed from the Nazis and this event on June 25 1944 is a symbol of Cherbourg's liberation.

The museum traces the role of Cherbourg, its soldiers and the everyday life of its civilians during the war with exhibits including GI uniforms and equipment and audio-visual materials with a theatre showing footage of the liberation. Standing proudly overlooking the town from 117m above sea level, the fort also has a fantastic panoramic view to enjoy after the education and drama found within the museum.

Places to visit nearby

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.

Nearby attractions

Leaving from the Pont Tournant, the Adèle operate various boat trips in the summer. Daily boat trips with a commentary can be taken around the harbour.

Cherbourg's markets are mainly held in the Place du Gaulle, which is named after the great French hero and has, at different times in history, been known as Castle Square and Freedom Square.

Cherbourg has been an important naval base since the 19th century and it was Napoleon himself who pushed for Cherbourg to be a major transatlantic port by creating large artifical breakwaters.