The Mémorial des Civils dans la Guerre, the Memorial of Civilians in Wartime, is a unique new museum looking at the lives of civilians in France under the German Occupation, during the Allied Liberation and in the aftermath of the war.
Opened in May 2016, this brand new museum is the only one of it's kind in the world to focus on the lives of civilians during conflict. Located in Falaise, which was the site of some of the Battle of Normandy's fiercest fighting in the Battle of the Falaise Pocket, the museum is situated on top of houses that were bombed during the Allied liberation of Normandy.
There are three sections to the museum that are located over three floors and on the ground floor you will enter the 'Immersive Room' where you can see that excavations of a bombed out house through a glass floor and experience the feeling of a bombing raid. On the second and third floors are the 'Civilians and Liberation' and 'Civilians and Occupation' exhibitions detailing what life was like in Occupied France under the Nazis and when two million Allied soldiers arrived on Normandy's beaches.
With a brand new film about the Allied bombings featuring British, French and German archive footage, period artefacts, propaganda, photographs and more this museum is a fascinating introduction to a forgotten history. There are also recreations of a French cinema and an enlistment office where French people were recruited to work in Germany to help the war effort.