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Historique De La Seconde Guerre Mondiale ( Visit Site )

The Historique De La Seconde Guerre Mondiale depicts all events that transformed the world during World War II such as the Poland campaign, the storming of the Norman beaches, the bombing of Dresden, the bombing of Hiroshima & the holocaust. Located in Ambleteuse, on the road between Calais and Wimereux, just a few kilometres away from Boulogne-sur-Mer, this museum covers an area of 800 square meters with 120 models on display.

Address: 2 Rue des Garennes 62164 Ambleteuse, France
Opening Times: 1st April to 15th October: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm, Weekends: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
In July and August: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm and 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed in December, January and February.
Tel.: +33 3 2187 3301

Musée de la Guerre de Calais
( Visit Site )

The Musée de la Guerre de Calais is situated opposite the Town Hall of Calais and the blockhouse has served as command post to the German Army during World War II. After the war got over, this bunker was transformed into a museum to display articles, exhibitions and other collections such as uniforms, flags, weapons, arms, newspapers, planes and information relating to World War II. Those interested in historical heritage of the cities/towns they visit, the War Museums of Calais are a great source of information.

Address: Parc Saint Pierre 62100 Calais, France
Opening Times: February 1st to April 30th: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Closed on Tuesday
October 1st to November 15th: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Closed on Tuesday
May 1st to September 30th: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Open everyday
Tel.: +33 3 2134 2157

Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle
(Fine Art and Lace Museum)
( Visit Site )

The Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle in Calais was designed by architect Paul Pamart in 1966 and has been divided into two departments, namely, lace and fine arts. The division has been made of the basis of old and new elements in lace manufacturing, whereby on one side you will find old antique handicrafts from the 18th to 20th century. The other side contains machine and handmade lace designed into various forms such as accessories, costumes and lingerie. Other than lace exhibitions, included are sculptures by Rodin and by Dutch and Flemish artists.

Address: 25 Rue Richelieu 62100 Calais, France
Opening Times: Weekdays: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Weekends: Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.
Tel.: +33 3 2146 4840

Le Blockhaus d'Éperlecques
( Visit Site )

The museum of Eperlecques was a former bunker of the Germans whose construction was initiated by General Dornberger in 1942 during World War II as a part of a plan to attack England. Today the bunker, which is renovated into a museum, stands testimony to many events that have taken place during the war, such as construction of V1 and V2 rockets. An interactive analysis focuses on events that took place during the war and the German V-weapon programme. The museum is just 30 minutes drive from Calais and easily accessible.

Address: Rue du Sart 62910 Éperlecques, France
Opening Times: April to October: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and 2:15 pm - 6:00 pm
May to September: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; March to November: 2:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Closed from 1st December to 28th February
Tel.: +33 3 2188 4422

Fort d'Ambleteuse (Fort Mahon) ( Wikipedia )

Fort d'Ambleteuse, also known as Fort Mahon, was built by Vauban between 1682 and 1690 to guard the Port of Calais. The fort has gone through many renovations and transformations since its construction. The Germans have used the fort during World War II when it was destroyed to a great extent. Now it is owned by an association called "Les Amis du fort d'Ambleteuse" who has transformed it into a museum to promote the historical and natural treasures of Calais.

Address: 6 Boulevard de la Liberté 59 800 LILLE ou BP 23 - 62164 Ambleteuse, France
Tel.: +33 3 2054 6154