Normandy

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  • 1. Bayeux Tapestry

    Museum/Gallery

    Essentially a 225-foot-long embroidered scroll stitched in 1067, the Bayeux Tapestry, known in French as the Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde...Read More

  • 2. Cité de La Mer

    Museum/Gallery

    Cherbourg is a major submarine base—more than 90 have been built here since 1899. One, the nuclear-powered Redoutable, was launched in 1967...Read More

  • 3. Mémorial de Caen

    Museum/Gallery

    An imaginative museum erected in 1988 on the north side of the city, the Mémorial is a must-see if you're interested in World War II history...Read More

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  • 4. Musée d'Art Moderne André-Malraux

    Museum/Gallery

    Occupying an innovative 1960s glass-and-metal building, the city's art museum has soaring plate-glass windows that bathe the interior in the...Read More

  • 5. Omaha Beach

    Museum/Gallery

    You won't be disappointed by the rugged terrain and windswept sand of Omaha Beach, 16 km (10 miles) northwest of Bayeux. Here you can find the...Read More

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  • 6. Archéoscope

    Museum/Gallery

    Explore the myths and legends of the Mont through a sound-and-light show at the Archéoscope. Some exhibits use wax figures fitted out in the...Read More

  • 7. Conservatoire de la Dentelle

    Museum/Gallery

    Handmade lace is a specialty of Bayeux. The best place to learn about it—and buy some to take home—is the Conservatoire de la Dentelle near...Read More

  • 8. Musée Airborne

    Museum/Gallery

    Constructed behind the town church in 1964 in the form of an open parachute, this fascinating museum houses documents, maps, mementos, and one...Read More

  • 9. Musée Baron-Gérard

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the Bishop's Palace beneath the cathedral, the Musée Baron-Gérard (also known as the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Baron Gérard or...Read More

  • 10. Musée de la Bataille de Normandie

    Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits at the Musée de la Bataille de Normandie trace the story of the struggle from June 6 to August 29, 1944. Located near the moving British...Read More

  • 11. Musée de la Céramique

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    A superb array of local pottery and European porcelain can be admired at this museum, housed in an elegant mansion near the Musée des Beaux-Arts. ...Read More

  • 12. Musée de la Libération

    Museum/Gallery

    Uniforms, photographs, maps, flags, posters, and medals at the Musée de la Libération, on the hill above the town (excellent sea views), recall...Read More

  • 13. Musée de la Mer et de l'Ecologie

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum explores the science of the Mont's tidal bay and has a vast collection of model ships. ...Read More

  • 14. Musée de Normandie

    Museum/Gallery

    Set in a mansion built for the castle governor, this museum is dedicated to regional arts such as ceramics and sculpture. Some local archaeological...Read More

  • 15. Musée des Antiquités

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    Gallo-Roman glassware and mosaics, medieval tapestries and enamels, and Moorish ceramics vie for attention inside this extensive antiquities...Read More

  • 16. Musée des Beaux-Arts

    Museum/Gallery

    Within the castle's walls, the Musée des Beaux-Arts is a heavyweight among France's provincial fine arts museums. Its old-masters collection...Read More

  • 17. Musée des Beaux-Arts

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    One of Rouen's cultural mainstays, this museum is famed for its stellar collection of paintings and sculptures from the 16th to the 20th century...Read More

  • 18. Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Histoire

    Museum/Gallery

    St-Lô has the perfect French provincial art museum. Its halls are airy, seldom busy, and not too big, yet full of varied exhibits—including...Read More

  • 19. Musée Dior

    Garden/Arboretum

    If you've ever imagined your home strewn with haute-couture creations, this place will, perhaps, give you a clearer picture. Christian Dior...Read More

  • 20. Musée du Débarquement

    Museum/Gallery

    Little remains to mark the furious fighting waged hereabouts after D-Day. In the bay off Arromanches, however, some elements of the floating...Read More

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