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Pegasus Memorial Museum (Pegasus Bridge)
Pegasus Memorial Museum (Pegasus Bridge)

Pegasus Memorial Museum (Pegasus Bridge)

February-December 10am-5pm
Rue Major John Howard, Ranville, France, 14860

The basics

The historic bridge over the Caen Canal has been replaced by modern construction, steps away from the nearby memorial and museum. Among the finest war museums in Normandy, the small site features an impressive collection whose highlights include a tank and a reproduction Horsa glider. This is a featured stop on many Normandy history tours, Second World War tours, and tours exploring D-Day battlefields.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Caen

star-5
A wonderfully historic experience!
Robert_L, Mar 2022
Canadians in Normandy D-Day beaches Juno Beach and Pegasus Bridge (3/7 pax)
Our son is a big fan of history and has been particularly interested in WWII. When we decided to go to Paris, we knew we had to make the effort to get to Juno beach, so that he could experience what it might have been like during the war. Rėgis did not disappoint. We learned so much and loved every minute of the day.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Wendy B, Sep 2019
Canadians in Normandy D-Day beaches Juno Beach and Pegasus Bridge (3/7 pax)
We spent an incredibly moving day with our guide, Rėgis. His outstanding knowledge and his ability to share information in a meaningful way is remarkable - and enjoyable. This wasn’t a history class lecture. It was interesting, stimulating and moving. We went to Pegasus Bridge, the Canadian cemetery, Canada House, the Juno Beach Centre (where among other exhibits, an outstanding short film plays) and at the Ardennes Abbey. The last stop has to be experienced by everyone.
star-5
It's always the little things that make the difference .....
Mike_S, Aug 2019
Canadians in Normandy D-Day beaches Juno Beach and Pegasus Bridge (3/7 pax)
The cool cafe. Strong booze. DD tank to the bottom but back up again. The bunker tour from a Jets fan. Tears, heartbreak and an appreciation of sacrifice.
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Things to know before you go

  • Come prepared for outside weather, as many of the museum’s exhibits are displayed in a park-like exterior.
  • Bring your smartphone to the museum. QR codes throughout the property link to information in 10 languages.
  • The museum is wheelchair accessible.
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How to get there

The Pegasus Memorial Museum is located on Avenue du Major Howard in Ranville, between Caen and Ouistreham. It’s possible to reach Ranville from Caen using bus lines 20 and 120. Both make regular departures from the main Caen bus station, dropping passengers in the center of Ranville 18 minutes later.

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When to get there

The museum is open daily, with 1.5-hour guided tours of the site offered in French and English. (Call the museum for updated tour schedules.) The busiest period stretches from late May through early June, when the region commemorates D-Day and French liberation with parades, memorials, and other events.

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Visiting Café Gondrée

The first French house liberated in the Normandy campaign—then occupied by members of the French Resistance—is located a few steps from the Pegasus Memorial Museum. Called Café Gondrée, the family-owned coffeehouse is adorned with military artifacts, and veterans are treated to Champagne on the anniversary of the Allied invasion. While the landmark is now somewhat more commercial, it remains a key stop on D-Day tours of the region.

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