Calais is located in the French département of Nord-Pas de Calais, and it is the closest port to England. Calais is developing as a tourist centre with its rich art, cultural heritage and museums. On this page, we have mentioned top museums in and around Calais.
World War II museum (Musée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale)
The Second World War Museum is situated opposite the Town Hall of Calais, and the blockhouse has served as a command post to the German Army during World War II. After the war, the bunker has 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.
Address: Parc Saint Pierre 62100 Calais, France.
Museum of Fine Arts in Calais (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais)
Architect Paul Pamart designed the Museum of Fine Arts in 1966. It is divided into two departments: arts and crafts. The first department showcases Flemish and French paintings, the works of the famous sculptor Rodin. The second department displays the machine and handmade lace designs of various forms such as accessories, costumes, lingerie, bedding, tablecloths etc.
Address: 25 Rue Richelieu 62100 Calais, France.
City of Lace and Fashion (Cité internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais)
The Cité de la Dentelle et de la Mode is a museum of lace, located in Pas de Calais in northern France. It displays the process of lace making and is one of two museums in France.
Address: 135 Quai du Commerce, 62100 Calais, France.
Bunker of Éperlecques (Le Blockhaus d'Eperlecques)
The Blockhaus of Éperlecques was a bunker of Germans whose construction was initiated by General Dornberger in 1942 during World War II as a part of a plan to attack England. The bunker was intended to be a launching facility for the V-2 (A-4) ballistic missile. Now, the bunker has transformed into a museum, and the French state has protected it since 1986. The museum is just 30 minutes drive from Calais.
Address: Rue du Sart 62910 Éperlecques, France.
Fort Mahon (Fort D'Ambleteuse)
Vauban built Fort Mahon between 1682 and 1690 to guard the Port of Calais. The fort has gone through many renovations and transformations since its construction. The Germans had used the fort during World War II when it was destroyed to a great extent. Now it is owned by 'Les Amis du fort d'Ambleteuse', who have transformed it into a museum to promote the historical and natural treasures of Calais.
Address: Bd de la Liberté, 62164 Ambleteuse, France.