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Visit the Centre de la Mémoire at Oradour-sur-Glane

A must-see during your stay or weekend to retrace the moving history of the massacre of June 10, 1944 in Oradour-Sur-Glane.

You are visiting the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and wish to discover a cultural place rich in history? Come and discover the Centre de la Mémoire in Oradour-Sur-Glane.

The Auberge de la Source in Cieux, located only 7.5km from the Centre de la Mémoire, is an ideal stopover to recharge your batteries between two visits. Our hotel has comfortable rooms and a restaurant with tasty local cuisine. Check room availability now and book at the best rate online.

The massacre of Oradour-Sur-Glane

The massacre took place on June 10, 1944. The unit of the SS division Das Reich and its troop of about 200 SS waffen kill randomly in the streets and houses. Women and children were massacred in the church, which the soldiers tried to destroy with explosives. The village was then looted and burned.

It is thus in the context of the Second World War that this massacre was carried out, leaving behind abominable memories.

If you want to know more, we invite you to read the story of the massacre.

A memory center to understand the massacre

The Center of Memory is an essential step to take before visiting the ruins. It offers visitors a five-step tour that places the Oradour massacre in its historical context and shows the process of violence built into ideology.

The building's architectural form and the staging of the interior spaces symbolically evoke the massacre and its consequences. This Center aims to shed new light on the massacre of June 10, 1944 and the destruction of the village, particularly through archival documents presented in the permanent exhibition.

A tour to immerse yourself in the history of Oradour-sur-Glane

During 2 hours at the Centre de la mémoire, you can discover the historical exhibition and the documentary on the massacre of the inhabitants on June 10, 1944.

During the tour, you are invited to discover the history of Oradour, from the Second World War to the post-war period. While following an explicit, historical and educational path, you will discover the last hours before the massacre.

You will have the opportunity to understand the history and to discover the story of June 10th, notably thanks to a film made from images of the ruins of the martyred village and commentaries taking up the testimonies of the survivors as well as the statements of the Waffen SS.

Through images, films and explanatory texts, this tour aims to bear witness to the crimes committed by the second armored division of the Waffen-SS "Das Reich" at Oradour-sur-Glane, but also to inform and make future generations think.

A few steps from the Center of Memory.

Located near the Center of Memory, you will find the martyred village and its ruins, classified as a historical monument in 1946. You will be able to access it freely through the center.

This site, preserved in its original state, bears witness to the Nazi atrocities experienced by the inhabitants of the village since the liberation, but also to the need to remember the 642 victims of this crime.

This village represents a place with an irreplaceable emotional and memorial aspect that we advise you to discover in addition to the Centre de la Mémoire d'Oradour-sur-Glane.

Practical information


Opening hours and access

The Oradour-sur-Glane Memorial Center is open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. In winter, it is open until 5 pm, in summer, until 7 pm. Please note that the last accesses of the day are made one hour before the closing of the doors. In addition, it takes 2 hours to visit.

You can access the Centre de la mémoire by car and park nearby thanks to the free parking provided for visitors. You can also choose to travel by bus.

The rates 

Individual rate : 7.80 € (for one person)
Family package (2 adults + 2 children or more): 22 €.
Reduced rate: 5.20 € upon presentation of proof: students - young people from 10 to 18 years old, accompanying person of disabled person, veterans and victims of war - wards of the Nation.
Free admission: on presentation of a receipt: under 10 years old, job seekers, disabled, journalists, ICOM members, bus drivers accompanying a group.
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