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The Centre Guillaume le Conquérant is located on the rue de Nesmond. The famous Bayeux tapestry recounts, simply but with a wealth of detail, how and why William the Conqueror achieved the conquest of England in 1066. The tapestry is a magnificent 70 metres long and its colour and vibrant scenes of medieval life are quite something. Thought to have been embroidered by nuns in England and commissioned by William’s half brother, the tapestry is truly one of its kind.
Memorial Museum of the 1944 Bataille de Normandie
Just a few minutes from the D-Day landing beaches, this museum retraces the 77 days of fighting which opposed Allied forces and the Germany army on the soil of Normandy in the aftermath of 6th June 1944. The museum exhibits documents and film of the Normandy landings and there are life-sized models and military props to give people a better understanding of the events that surrounded those troubled days.
The General de Gaulle Memorial Museum
Musée-Mémorial Général de Gaulle is situated on rue de Bourbesneur near Place de Gaulle. Dedicated to the main himself this museum houses an exhibition that follows and records events in his life. Two particular encounters with Bayeux are recorded in great detail, as they were landmarks in France’s history: 14th June 1944 and 16th June 1946. Documents from photographic and printed archives alongside video footage are just some of the items displayed here.
Museum of Baro Gerard
The museum is housed in the former Bishop’s Palace and exhibits a lovely collection of 16th-19th century art and lace.