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However, Normandy also offers a journey through the history of the Second World War, through the D-Day beaches, Le Hoc headland, the Caen Memorial and the many museums devoted to this period. A green and peaceful land sought after by horse-riders, Perche also delights lovers of nature and old buildings with its relaxing pastoral landscapes, ancient manors, fortified farms and typical villages. Historic sites, cities with a rich architectural heritage, half-timbered manor houses of the Pays d'Auge, Suisse Normande an area reminiscent of Switzerland and its Orne valley offering plenty of sports activities, and famous seaside resorts are some of the features of the Calvados.

Realm of the horse, the Orne is ideal countryside for walkers and naturalists. Places of interest include: Perche manor houses, prestigious stud farm, charming parks and gardens, the Carrouges castle, and the forests of both Regional Nature Parks. Famous for its exceptional coast lined with high chalky cliffs, the Seine-Maritime is the perfect place for fans of coastal landscapes, but also those who love architecture, with the majestic abbeys of the Seine valley and the heritage of the old city of Rouen. Virtual visit. See all photos. Open map.

Became a premonstratensian abbey in Mondaye is still home to one of the only premonstratensian canon communities in France. Built at the beginning of the 20th century to commemorate Saint Theresa. The Basilica was consecrated in This edifice is the 3rd cathedral of Lisieux. Probably one of the first gothic cathedrals in France. Built during the 12th and 13th centuries. The Carmelite Monastery was founded in Saint Theresa's reliquary is found in the chapel. A museographic area displaying a collection of objects in connection with Saint Theresa has been installed.

Tel: 02 31 48 55 08 info therese-de-lisieux. The wealthy community of the 16th century became impoverished during the 18 th century and certain buildings were destroyed. The choir is the only 12th century remnant in the church and is an excellent example of Roman architecture in Normandy. Chapel known as "the apple tree chapel" of the 15th and 20th centuries; it has been restored and used as a work of art by the Japanese artist Kyoji Takubo. Founded during the 11th century and rebuilt in the 12th and 13th centuries, it is one of the most beautiful gothic edifices of Normandy.

Cistercian abbey dating from Surrounded by a park and lakes. Romantic ruins of a 12th century Romanesque chapel, which was a leper-house until Archaeological excavations every year on this site, which is unique in Europe. Place of pilgrimage for people to marry who come and tie holly and hazel branches. Built between and The abbey influenced the beginning of Norman Romanesque Art and played an important role in the development of the town of Bernay. As the centuries went by, the building suffered from various events: fire, war, workers' rebellion etc.

Built in the 12th century and refurbished during the 16th and 18th centuries.

The recently cleaned stone has revealed its beauty again. Exceptional quality stained glass windows. Rebuilt in a Gothic style at the end of the 15th century. A series of 22 stained glass windows 10 meters high from the 16th century, one of the best Renaissance collections. The church's particularity is the slight rise of the nave up to the altar, unique in Normandy. The church was built during the 10th century, it had two construction phases which explains the presence of different architectural styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance.

Unique 13th century reliquary covered in gold leaves. The Eure sanctuary, built during the 10th century, reunites all the great architectural trends. Its nave is Romanesque, whereas the higher parts were built in Gothic style during the 13th century. Romanesque church built at the end of the 16th century. The tower was edified with the materials of a Romanesque tower, grave stone ruins are still to be seen.

First built at the end of the 11th century, the church had to be rebuilt after a fire in The additional work gives it a Cathedral look. The Renaissance parts in shades of yellow and grey make this edifice slightly different. The greatest intellectual and spiritual centre of Christian Occident during the Middle Ages. The Benedictine monks retrieved their belonging in Portraits of the abbots, recumbent statues of the ancient sanctuary and boutique selling faience of the monastic workshop.

Built in the 15th century at the end of the ogival style period, the church is charaterised by its triangular-shaped choir, resting on six round columns and its three naves. The apse is mainly visible from the outside. Rich furniture and modern stained-glass windows by Barillet. Built in the 13th century and restored in the 18th century, it intermixes styles : primitive Gothic then Flamboyant Gothic on the South side-aisle, Renaissance on the North sideaisle.

Beautiful 19th century stained-glass windows. Beautiful 16th and 17th century statues, and France's oldest functioning organ: an Ingoult organ. The monastic complex which was badly destroyed during the 17th century was rebuilt in the 18th century: only the grand lodge, the northern gallery of the cloister, the farm buildings and the pigeon house remain. Impressive Gothic 12th and 13th century vessel. The only still-standing masterpice of Norman Cistercian medieval architecture.

The Cistercian abbey is located in a park overlooking the Seine River. It was founded by Richard the Lionheart in Middle Ages monastic buildings still remain. Founded in the 16th century in a flamboyant gothic style. Romanesque edifice with a 12th century gate and porch. Refurbished during the 16th century with a gothic style chancel and an exceptional lantern tower. One of the most beautiful examples of Anglo-Norman gothic architecture. This church was built in the 11th century and contains a remarkable incumbent stone statue dating from the 13th century. There is also a 17th century altarpiece with statues of Saint-Etienne, the first Christian martyr, and seven stained-glass windows.

This Romanesque church was modified at the beginning of the 16th century with Renaissance ceilings. This abbey was founded in The buildings form a quadrilateral alongside the SaintNicolas Parish church. Amongst all the Norman abbeys, this is the only one that still stands on its original site and monastic life was only interrupted in Work first started on the tower at the end of the 15th century and was interrupted for 30 years.

Instead of its 15 meter height at the time, it is now 56 meters high. Madeleine tower has become a true symbol to the town, as it can be spotted many kilometres away. Organ with 13 sculptured wooden panels. Parish church from the Middle Ages to , then incorporated into the Parish of Berigny before becoming a private chapel in Medieval part and choir with a 18th century altarpiece.

Notre-Dame church. Built in the 11th century. Collection of 16th, 17th and 18th century paintings recently restored. Fine 11th century organ. It is unique with its delicate and bright three-storey apse, complete with 15 windows. Founded in , the abbey is one of the most beautiful in the area. The site has many interesting elevated remains.

Magnificent tombstone of the priest Guillaume dating from Medieval church with a unique octagonal bell tower. An old 12th century sundial adorns part of the exterior. The bell tower, the choir and apse of the church are listed as historic monuments. The stained glass windows supplied by the Didron workshop and the organs which have been listed since as a historic monument are of particular interest. The high galleries of the nave and the choir, in the lantern tower and framework are shown during the visit.

Old parish church, the edifice was built in the 11th and 12th centuries. Example of late gothic style. Rebuilt in the 15thth centuries. A Flamboyant Gothic style and Renaissance style church. Superb lantern tower. Built in several stages between the 15th and 17th centuries, the primitive chapel became a retreat in and remained so until Classified 'Historical Monument" in and restored in the s. Interpretation tables help you understand the history, architecture, legend of Saint-Gerborld and hermitry.

One of the most complete monastic medieval site of LowerNormandy. Abbey founded during the 12th century. Cistercian spirit Romanesque site dominated by an Anglo-Norman tower announcing Gothic architecture. Gatehouse with its bakery and courtrooms. Ogival crossing vaults of the church. Medieval architecture prowess. First French site to be recognised by Unesco as having a world heritage status.

Sat on a rocky mount, the abbey overlooks the village and ramparts. Great panoramic viewpoint. Edifice listed as a historic monument. Romanesque abbey built during the 11th century. One of the first edifices to have a complete set of ribbed vaults. Built of white granite from the area in Coloured stone statue of the Madonna and child and four large wooden statues. Vault and chancel decorated in by Guillaume Fouace. The Romanesque door remains from this period. Modified in the 13th century in remarkable Anglo-Norman Gothic style.

The unusual hexagonal Baptistery dates from the 4th century and is the only known example North of the Loire river. It was built in the 12th century and finished in the 13th century, and was dedicated to Saint-Vigor. Watchtower, Art Nouveau stained-glass windows, choir and nave vaults. Greatly damaged by bombings in June , the renovated church still retains marks of war. Founded during the 11th century by the Viscount of Saint-Sauveur. The abbey was built from by Benedictines. It was partly destroyed during the year war.

Notre-Dame de Savigny church is mainly 12th century. Unique Romanesque nave. Bas-relief: 12th century stone Christ in glory. Pilgrimage site at the heart of the Vire Valley since the 12th century. This neo-gothic building of local red stone houses two statues discovered between the 14th and 16th centuries. Permanent exhibition on pilgrimages. Dating back to the end of the 15th century beginning of the 16th century, this church authentically retraces the copper city's foundation.

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Magnificent, flamboyant door from the 16th century. Beautiful stained glass windows. Chapel where St Theresa was baptized on 4th January Built between 15th and 17th centuries. Magnificent northern porch. Gothic nave and transept, Renaissance apsis. Norman style lantern tower. Great bell tower crowned in by the architect Maurice Gabriel. Organ concerts in the summer.

Saint-Julien's church neo-Byzantine style was listed as a historic monument in This unique edifice is still practically the same as it was when it was built. Fine example of Norman Romanesque art. The edifice dates from the 11thth centuries. The church houses a 14th century Madonna, a 15th century recumbent statue and a collection of tombstones.

Neo-gothic style edifice 19th century. This sanctuary of the Catholic Church is a worldwide centre of prayer and attracts pilgrims from across the world. Built on ancient sarcophagus at the beginning of the 12th century. Sandstone and granite building on a rocky headland. Magnificent 13th century cathedral. Masterpiece of Norman Gothic art, the chancel is a remarkable piece of art. Neo-gothic monastery surrounded by forests and lakes. The abbey is a place of prayer and not open to visitors. Shop selling regional and monastic products. Flamboyant Gothic styled church, "the most beautiful chapel in the kingdom" according to Henry IV.

Worth admiring are the Western facade's three gates, the tiara-shaped churchtower, and the 19 chapels. Built in Beautiful example of the development of gothic art from the primitive to the flamboyant. Medieval recumbent statues dating back to the 12th and 15th centuries. Romanesque parts dating from , gothic nave and lantern tower from the 12th and 13th centuries, French Renaissance gates, graves of the Dukes of Normandy.

Its 46 meter high towers still overlook the meandering River Seine. Marvellous remains of the abbey. Audio-guided visit of a completely restored site. Learn about the monastic way of life, the history of the town and its abbey. Built between the 14th and 16th centuries. A great example of gothic architecture with imposing proportions. The cathedral gives an insight of all the periods of gothic style architecture: 12th century Saint-Romain Tower, 14th century gate and 19th century gothic spire.

Striking stained glass windows. Modern church. Not just a church honouring Saint Jeanne d'Arc, but also a memorial to commemorate the heroine. The roof is shaped like the flames of a burning stake. Striking windows from the former Church of Saint-Vincent Renaissance.

Church dedicated to a Breton Saint named Malo. Building works started in Flamboyant gothic art. Five porch entrances with stunning wooden Renaissance doors. New cemetary that had to be opened at the time of the Black Death of which killed three-quarters of the district's inhabitants. It now houses the Regional Fine Arts School. Benedictine abbey founded in the 12th century. Chapter house famous for its capitals. The French style gardens created in have been restored.

View of the Seine valley. Ruins of the former church abbey from the 13th and 14th centuries. The current church, converted barn and cloisters are open to visitors. The remaining monastic buildings are the home of Benedictine monks. Built in , this church has the largest stained-glass window in Europe over m2.

The window details the life of the saints of Normandy. Two act night show, in the Bayeux Cathedral surroundings. The most beautiful architectural motives of the cathedral are brought to colour: the Doyen gate, the stainedglass windows and the South facade. Night show on the Perche legends played by volunteers including 15 cavaliers. Fridays and Saturdays in July and August. Quote on request. Hundreds of walk-ons, equestrian stunts… Normandy's history. Sound and light show where actors, film and image projections intermingle to recount Normandy's history from its creation to present times.

June Weekends in June Sound and light firework show in the 13th century cathedral, masterpiece of the Norman Gothic art. Staging of the cathedral by new light, image and sound technologies. Other dates on request for groups. At dusk, 45 min. Exhibition showroom. This museum offers a wide overview from the artistically creative 15th to 20th centuries.

It houses one of the richest collection of paintings from the 16th century to the 20th century. One of the largest model railways in Europe. Garden tour on a tourist train and visit of the former limestone quarry. Shop on site : farm cider available. Covered picnic area. Landscapes and scenes of daily life.

Temporary collections. A museum where you can discover the only collection of automats of the 20th century, represented in Paris street scenes. Temporary exhibitions. The 14th and 15th century Saint-Etienne church hosts the Navy museum with a collection of boats models and objects from the Navy. The ethnographic museum presents Norman interiors, costumes and furniture. Museum based on an old mine operational from to A steam engine boiler's smokestack bears testimony to this activity. Farm with bee hives.

Film and explanatory photo exhibition on bees and beekeeping. Shop and tastings. Reception - Tel: 02 31 48 55 08 info therese-de-lisieux. Museum housed in a large timbered house, with collections of popular arts and traditions of the region as well as religious statues. Exhibition of the skeleton of a 40 tonne whale that came to shore on the coast in , on display in the town hall. Visit the historical garden in the Dominican convent and the neoclassical prison, built in , and retaining its original internal features. Discover the history, economy and monuments of this little village in the Pays d'Auge.

One of the Soumont mines, the last iron mines in Western France with displays of wheeled trucks and rail wagons. Also the last hanging room of the region. Discovery tour: visit of the Maison de la Nature et de l'Estuaire - permanent exhibition on the rich natural and human heritage of the Orne bay, meeting point of sea and river waters where unusual fauna and flora thrive. Walk around the Gros Banc bird sanctuary with its numerous migratory and local birds.

On site restaurant. Considerable remains from the Roman period, including a house dating from the 2nd century. Museum garden showing restored sites. Dinosaurs existed in Normandy! This new museum hosts a spectacular interactive tour taking visitors back million years, to relive the Jurassic age and explore Normandy covered in a warm sea, with salt-water crocodiles, giant marine reptiles and dinosaurs which roamed the cliffs at Vaches Noires. Take a guided tour and discover fossils, dinosaur skeletons, and life-size dinosaur reconstructions of the mammals that ruled the lands of Normandy for some million years, finally becoming extinct 65 million years ago.

Temporary exhibition. Take-away, bike hire, 25 acre park. Museum displaying sea shells and plants, centred around conservation work and evolution of the wetlands. Different temporary exhibition every year. Museum of popular art and traditions housed in an old General Hospital dating back to the 18th century. The 33 m-high belfry dates back from the 15th century.

Themed summer exhibition. The last hanging-wheel watermill with its original mechanism 15th century constructed across a branch of the Seine, supported by two dressed stone walls.

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Remarkable collection of objects, instruments and tools retracing the production of milk, cheese and butter in the countryside, including items such as milk bottles, butter churns, yoghurt pots and cheese moulds. Gallo-roman ceramics uncovered on this site. A typical Norman building was the opportunity to create a museum of local traditions and professions, furniture ; old tools represent the Norman identity. For a comprehensive look at iron working, the main industry in the village since the days of the Ancient Gauls and in particular ironwork for harness making.

Claude Monet is known all over the world for his impressionism paintings. His house is still furnished as before and the gardens are identical to his paintings. This new Giverny museum sheds light on the famous artistic movement and the importance of Giverny. Gardens also open. The mechanism was restored in Display of wild plants and their use, in this cottage from the 17th century, demonstration of traditional cooking with plants.

Wild plants garden. Chance to discover the archaeological garden of Gisacum, with Roman baths. Permanent exhibition retracing the history of Gisacum. Workshop possible. Accessories associated with the Charity brotherhood "Coriolanus" painting by Nicolas Poussin, religious artefacts, pictures by Norman painters. This delightful museum of miniatures will appeal to all the family, historic scenes are displayed as dioramas in an atmosphere of subdued lighting.

Collections of local history. Tel: 02 32 09 58 55 - Fax: 02 32 50 54 66 musee ville-louviers. Discover the history of the oldest fibre : its culture from its blue flower to mail bags, clothes, fire pipes. Situated on the Manor du Val cider farm, this small museum contains a collection of tools once used for the making of cider. Guided tours in English available. Watermill beautifully restored with a 19th century paddle wheel.

Ecomuseum displaying traditional flour production. A nice architectural composition which housed the city house of Saint-Sulpice built by English carpenters. Museum dedicated to the famous writer and historian of the French Revolution, Jules Michelet. A fascinating museum devoted to the manufacture of musical instruments from the Renaissance to the present day.

The dependences of the former episcopal palace, transformed into a prison during the French Revolution, now host the museum's exhibitions: paintings, sculpture, art collections, popular traditions, costumes and headgears from Avranches. Norman interior and craftsman workshop. Those who want to discover Mont-Saint-Michel secret have to go to The Scriptorial : impressive collection of illuminated parchment books and manuscripts, ink, copyists' feathers from the Middle Ages.

Three exhibitions per year dedicated to writing, calligraphy and thematic conferences are proposed. Apple and Pear house located in the Normandie-Maine regional nature park, a traditional Norman farm housing an exhibition on the cider and perry-making process.

Cider tasting and shop. The museum retraces rural life from to Presentation of old objects and tools as well as re-creations of the local school-house, greengrocer, shoemaker, photographer etc. Outside : nature discovery. Vast complex dedicated to human undersea exploration, situated on the site of the old transatlantic port. New for "Titanic returns to Cherbourg" exhibition.

Collection of paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 19th century, including paintings and sculptures of Chardin, David, Fouace, Fra Angelico, Lippi, Millet…. Located in a botanical garden, the museum is located in the house of the astronomer Emmanuel Liais and retains the charm of an old study filled with curiosities. A large collection of archaeology and ethnography from all over the world. Located in the Coutances botanical gardens this museum presents collections of the 17th century : paintings, graphic arts, religious sculptures, traditional potteries from Cotentin.

Concrete airship hangar built in Scale model of the hangar, historical documents on its construction and the Battle of Montebourg. In the summer, airship flight shows. Built in the early 19th century to protect Cherbourg's natural harbour. Unique to Normandy. One of the last functioning windmills dating back to , and renovated in A thatched-roof wooden barn houses a shop with local products and an exhibition and museographic room. Located on a m-high hill, the site offers an exceptionnal panorama on the Norman bocage.

A video shows how the ships were loaded and all of this reminds us of the film "La maison sous la mer". The biggest collection of clocks, watches from the 17th to the 20th century. A watchmaker's workshop was created. Description Built between and , the Gatteville lighthouse is the second tallest in France, at a height of 75m. Magnificent panoramic view of the Val de Saire and the Channel.

Closed in adverse weather conditions. In the 19th century, Ger was an important pottery centre. The museum is in an authentic pottery site including three large tunnel ovens and ten additional buildings.

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Ger had a pottery industry employing workers. Situated on the historic high site of the city, the museum presents a collection of paintings, graphic masterpieces and an amazing library. Museum of Vieux Granville : History of Granville with its maritime activities. This local ethnographic museum presents a collection of headdresses, costumes, jewels and Norman furniture. Christian Dior childhood home is the only museum dedicated to the fashion designer. Every year from May to September, different exhibitions on Dior and fashion.

The last boat, which went to Terre Neuve for cod fishing, is being repaired. Discover Newfoundland's history and the naval carpenters work. Objects from his paintings are on display. These knights established the powerful kingdom of Sicily and were at the origin of the most brilliant civilisation in the Middle Ages. Regional ethnography museum, located in a building of a 19th century farm. Collection of Norman headdresses, bonnet and lace.

Exhibition on the old trades of the Cotentin region. Testimonials on the old royal manufacturing glasses created by Colbert. Information, resource and training centre on ecological constructions and renewable energies. Animation programme on request. Discovery of the 14th century house, built by Bertrand Du Gueslin chief of the French king's armies. Discover the highest tides in the world and the Mont-Saint-Michel maritime character restoration project.

A typical house of the marshes with its traditional architecture. Perched on its m-high rocky spur, the chapel offers the possibility to see the MontSaint-Michel in clear weather. Many soldiers lost their lives on this site in August Memory site with its memorial and one of the three French representations of General Eisenhower's coat of arms. Discover this little corner of paradise call Hague Headland. Discover his workshop preserved exactly as it was, exhibition and a film on his life. For several centuries, the Manor du Tourp has been a celebrated place of history and architecture in La Hague.

Dedicated to culture, the manor offers seasonal exhibitions and activities.

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Recently restored windmill with impressive views over the Mont-Saint Michel and the Bay. Guided tours explain all about the machines and how the flour is made. An extraordinary assembly of four lime kilns resembling a fortified castle built in the middle of the 19th century. This superb collection is situated in Montfort castle 15th century in the heart of the regional park of Cotentin marshes.

Innovative and fascinating collection of wooden sculptures, and life-size models Formula 1 cars, motorbikes, tractors etc. The Moulin de la Coudrairie dates back to the 18th century. It was later named the Moulin de Marie Ravenel as a tribute to the poet who lived there during her childhood. Rural traditions displayed on the 17thth century farm, rare local breeds of sheep, rabbits, donkeys…. Cradle of the French Selle breed, it hosts 40 stallions of 7 different breeds where the French Selle prevails.

Its number of stallions makes it the first national stud farm, guaranteeing the know-how of the pure tradition. This museum was founded in and has an exceptional collection of tapestries dating from 16th to 20th century. Collection of 19th century paintings by Corot, Boudin, Millet. Town history hall with interactive space. Jean Follain, Octave Feuillet literature spaces, 4 exhibitions every year. The farm of Boisjugan is a fine example of 17th century architecture combining tradition and modernity. Exhibition of products from mairie-st-martin-daubigny wanadoo.

Saint-Michel-de-Montjoie is the last quarry producing "Vire Blue" granite. Discover its history, especially the industry's apogee at the beginning of the 20th century. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the museum-park in the heart of a listed "village of heritage". Family home of the writer Barbey d'Aurevilly , this literary museum has a rich collection of manuscripts, letters and photos.

The museum shows the archaeological collections from the battle of the Hougue in , objects from the Bronze Age, information of the seaside culture and of the Beaux-Arts Painters from the 17thst century. The artist, Jean-Paul Gosselin, who has been there for over 45 years, has turned his workshop in to a museum: paintings, sketches Charming manor house with two exceptional collections of glass and holy crib scenes from the 17th and 18th centuries.

Chinaware dating from the 19th century. Discover astronomy and space conquest. Night observation with specific equipment. Workshop for children. Landscaped garden with panoramic view. Set in a huge farm, permanent exhibition on daily life in the Bay, exploring its flora and fauna.

Interactive displays, discover it with models, videos. A spectacular collection of copper pots reveals the secrets of calvados distillation. On the first floor, craftsmen's workshops and stonemasons', lock makers', tanners' tools. Built around to dye woollen sheets, leather and skins, this house was then used as a barrack from until the end of the 19th century.

Discover five centuries of cider history through crushers and presses, pottery, transports tools and Norman life, costumes and furniture of 18th and 19th century. Film on his 35 year reign. An old rebuilt workshop dating back to the 17th century houses two museums, the first one displays production and use of copper through the ages, and the second one lace including lace-making demonstrations.

Exhibition of pieces of traditional Norman furniture from the 15th to the 19th century all pieces coming from the five Norman departments and making the collection an important representation of popular art in this rural community. Miniature farm showing rural life in the past, Norman farm, furniture, two mills, animated scene. The exhibition is housed in an old rural building of over a hundred years surrounded by a picturesque garden. Guided visit given in Norman patois by the creator of the farm.

Permanent exhibition at the Town Hall : 18th and 19th century pottery both functional and decorative. Collection of the 17thth century French and European lace. French, Italian and Dutch paintings. This bourgeois house presents unique examples of needle, bobbin and machine-made lace. Visitors can also discover modern lace-making by the lace-makers of Argentan.

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Video retracing this stitch's history. The museum presents her life and work. First of its kind, this acre royal stud farm dating back to the 18th century, is nicknamed the "Versailles for horses". Visit the stables housing 40 horses of 10 different breeds. Horseriding shows and carriage processions. Museum dedicated to the rural life in the Perche from the 19th century to the s. Collection of religious art from the 12th to 20th century paintings, sculptures, silverware, ebony etc.

Discovery of river and country life. Temporary exhibition about nature conservation and moss and lichen. Travel back to the 17th century and see how the people from the Perche area of Normandy arranged their emigration to Canada. Miniature models and displays depicting the flora and fauna of the Norman countryside and coastlines.

Ancient farm, historical work tools and a permanent linen exhibition. With videos, discover new linen markets and production methods. This industrial windmill was active until It remains intact with its orginal machines and allows you to discover the process of milling corn into flour. Glass blowing demonstration. One of the most remarkable dovecote in the Seine-Maritime county open from Saturday morning to Sunday evening. All you ever wanted to know about flax growing and linen.

Sale of fabric, clothes, In an old mill dating back to the 15th century, display of rural life : collection of objects and old tools. In this medieval fortress, navy rooms with ship models, maps, sailing tools. French paintings of the 19th and 20th century and ivory collection. Scientific and technical information on sea life and fishing, aquariums. Outside activities: fishing, geology Workshop to create marine knots, boat models… Temporary exhibitions.

Presentation displays of the linen industry and local craftsmen. A video will help you understand how flax is used. Elbeuf museum is an old museum created in with prehistoric objects, including fossils, birds, seashells and minerals. An exhibition of Elbeuf's industrial heritage and its activity. Hospital nuns lived in this beautiful 17th century building complex.

Covered cemetary. Timber framed house. Glass-making demonstration, mainly luxury perfume bottling, speciality of the Bresle valley. Glass history from its origins to nowadays. Gallo-Roman site. Sanctuary and little Gallo-Roman town named Briga. Excavation works. Guided group visits from May to September by appointment. Visits and shows for one or several groups, depending on their size.

Ancient palace and distillery with a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Visitors can discover medieval, Renaissance and contemporary art alongside the world of the 27 Benedictine plants and spices. Museum displaying rural life and agricultural machinery from the 19th century, four exhibition rooms.

A good way of getting to know the Canary Islands. First sustainable development themed park in France where you can explore the future, nature and history. The museum is housed in a 15th century tavern and displays items of local history, from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages, and an impressive collection of glass and ceramics from the Roman era. Modern Art exhibition. Museum dedicated to the history of the Priory with a fine collection of models representing traditional homes of the 12thth century. Step back into the s and visit an Auguste Perret flat in which a interior has been recreated for you to witness daily life at the time of the post-war reconstruction.

Built at the end of the 18th century, very original architecture. The house tells the tale of the life of a rich Le Havre ship maker between and The most important impressionist collection after the Paris museum. In the old court became a museum. Temporary exhibitions, activities, guided tours, educational talks. Themed tours on request. A masterpiece opened in and partly destroyed after the Second World War.

Funicular joining the lower town to the higher part of the town. Superb panoramic view from the cliffs. In front of the Roman theatre, museum of local arts and traditions, Gallo-Roman collections of archaeology. Luxurious objects made of glass, bronze, silver. Sainte-Catherine church presents a collection of minerals and fossils from "The Pays de Caux" area and religious art. Lillebonne theatre was built in the 1st century and transformed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

One of the biggest remains North of the Loire river. Guided tour of the farm with its animals. Tasting sessions on request. Discover the history of fire fighting, through an interesting collection of old-fashioned fire engines, uniforms. Tactile table and Braille guide. Remains of a wooden barn and a limestone chapel of the 12th century.

The wash-house of past times has been entirely restored. Museum dedicated to the life of writer-painter Jacques-Emile Blanche with a display of his paintings and literary work. Country house belonging to Pierre Corneille, famous 17th century poet, surrounded by a flowered kitchen garden and a bread oven.

Cider production over the centuries, exhibition of old tools which will remind you of craftsmen of your childhood days. Flanked by a belfry tower with the city bells, the Gros-Horloge is a Renaissance period arch with one of the oldest European clock mechanism.

On each side, its dials with a sole hand are richly decorated. Contemporary scenography to discover the dials' room and the former clock governor's appartments. At the top, a vast panorama on the city. In a 17th century private mansion, the museum is mainly devoted to the Rouen 17th and 18th century earthenware, its history and manufacture. China from other major French and foreign centres also on display. Two new rooms devoted to the 19th and 20th centuries are now open. Located in an ancient convent 17th century , this museum houses collections from the prehistoric period until 19th century, wich will give you a good insignt into Rouen's history.


Right at the heart of the city, the museum houses one of the most prestigious public art collections in France including paintings, sculptures and objects David, Rubens, Caravaggio, Velasquez, Poussin, Fragonard, Ingres, Delacroix, Sisley, Renoir, Monet A writer's house of the 18th century : the room where Gustave Flaubert was born is dedicated to the history of medicine and to the Flaubert family.

Many medicinal objects, a garden of medicinal plants. In a vaulted Romanesque cellar, a large collection of models, pictures. Housed in the ancient Saint-Laurent church 15th and 16th century , a fascinating collection of 5 pieces of wrought ironwork dating from the antiquity to present times including signs, keys and locks Visit of the barge "le Pompon Rouge". Good place to learn about environment and biodiversity. The 18th century press hosts moving automats, of which represent the main scenes of Flaubert's novel "Madame Bovary". Re-creation of the village pharmacy. Park lined by a river. A working hydraulic mill which also acts as a cultural centre.

Learn about baking bread, pastries and biscuits. Displays include Norman costumes, cider presses, stills, corkscrews, lost crafts, re-created habitat and a collection of horse-drawn carriages. Guided tour followed by tasting. Educational visit possible. Museum dedicated to the smithy situated in an ancient forging plant, to remember the time when the blacksmiths' activity dictated the rhythm of everyday life.

Listed 16th-century timbered house, with an exhibition of local heritage. Permanent exhibition on local history. An audio guide allows you to follow the tour of the museum and the Saint-Pierre church, which boasts the largest glass roof in Europe. Or experience what it was life was like on the front line in the army bunkers along the five beaches, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

Groups of all nationalities would not fail to be moved by a visit to one of nearly 30 cemeteries including American, British, Canadian, French, German and Polish , which offer the chance to take a quiet moment to reflect and to remember almost , young soldiers who never returned from their service in Normandy. In front of the artificial harbour Mulberry B, this museum is devoted to the incredible feat of technology achieved by the British troops. In the first town to be liberated on D-Day, this museum tells the story of the Battle of Normandy, over the long weeks between June 7th and August 29th, Museum dedicated to peace, and to the History of the 20th century including the Second World War, the reconstruction, the cold war, the political stakes and the construction of peace.

A A chapel, a memorial and a Garden of The Missing honour their memory. Discover of remnants of D-Day salvaged from the sea, personal objects found on sunken warships and used during the Landing operation. Taken by force on the morning of June 6th, Pointe du Hoc was one of the strongholds in the German fortifications.

This museum relates the story of a US unit specially trained for a special D-Day assignment: the assault and capture of Pointe du Hoc. This German military cemetery is a stark contrast to the cemeteries of the allied troops. Plain square plaques are arranged on the lawn.

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Coastal German artillery battery with remaining guns give the visitor an impressive picture of what an Atlantic Wall gun emplacement was really like. Set up in Casemate 1 of the Merville Coastal battery, the museum recreates the operation carried out on June 6th. This museum retraces the epic story of the first commandos to land on Sword Beach at dawn on June 6th, The Atlantic Wall Museum is set inside the former German headquarters commanding the artillery range on the Orne estuary.

The five storey bunker has been restored and kept as it was on June 6th, The heroic combat of the first allied troops to liberate Normandy. Hundreds of authentic objects. This museum has a collection of uniforms, arms, vehicles, and personal effects. Several displays, maps, photos, military hardware such as a Sherman tank. This museum tells the story of the 1st airmail flight between the USA and France together with a retrospective of the D-Day landing. Machines, motors, canons In memory of the 19 German soldiers who lost their lives in Normandy during the second World War. Located in the chapel of Bonnebos 17th century , documents, photos, letters from the resistants.

In a landscaped park, a monument erected where 11 members of the French Resistance were shot dead on June 15th From shadow to light, numerous audio-visual displays presenting the occupation period up to the liberation of Cherbourg on June 25th, This cemetery is the only one of its kind in France. This round building with two floors has a diameter of 47m.

In , the exhumation service of the Volksbund transferred the remains of German soldiers which lay in other cemeteries to the German Military Cemetery in Marigny, where 11 soldiers lie. This museum chronicles the period from the declaration of war to the capitulation through the daily lives of French civilians under the occupation. Located opposite Utah Beach, this museum displays archives and souvenirs to recount the military and engineering exploit of the US troops landing on Utah Beach.

The Museum will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in , see page 1. In the town where the famous unknown parachutist landed on the town church, the true story of the Longest Day is told in pictures and mementoes of the operations carried out by the American 82nd and st Airborne Divisions. Battery built by the Todt organisation in See the battery as it would have been in operation.

Monument and museum recounting the final stages of the long and bloody Battle of Normandy. New displays of military equipment memorabilia. Guided group tours of the battlefields on request. In the forest of Eawy, in the Val Ygot, this V1 launch base, opened in , is a memorial to the Second World War shelters, workshops and launch ramps. Documents, objects, models to pay tribute to the soldiers, the sailors and the pilots who took part in the attack.

This museum recalls the tragic hours of the combat followed by the respite of liberation. Various soldier belongings on display.