Liberators Museum - Normandy 1944

Parking

The museum is on a narrow street. There is no parking, but public parking is available nearby.

Toilets

There are no visitor toilets in the museum but there is a public WC available near the seafront.

Gift Shop

Although there is not a typical gift shop, there are a number of items of militaria for sale.

Once in a while, it is possible to be completely taken by surprise by something. That's what happened when we visited the Liberators Museum for the first time in 2016. We had not expected much of what was clearly going to be quite a small establishment, and we had already observed that two similarly sized "family" museums at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont had now closed for business.

As soon as we crossed the threshhold we were given a warm welcome by the Dutuch owner, Hans Kok who runs the museum with his son Floris. He started by telling us about the small bed and breakfast that he and his family run from the premises, and how that Normandy veterans are always welcome to stay for no charge. He explained that the museum, which started as a small collection of exhibits, has grown rapidly thanks to the personal donations by veterans and their loved ones, inspired by the Kok family's genoristy and hospitality.

The fantastic bonus of this sort of collection is that Hans is able to tell a story about almost ever piece of ephemera in the collection and about the veteran to whom it belonged. Many of the articles in the cabinets have photogaphs of the veterans or letters from widows who have sent the tiny museum something of great personal significance. It actually makes browsing the collection and talking to Hans an incredibly moving experience.

Hans and Floris have conducted around 60 video interviews with Normandy veterans and are hoping to make these accessible through the museum in the future. This is something we're really looking forward to.

There is parking on the street outside, but parking anywhere in Arromanches will only result in a short walk to the museum as the town is quite small. There are no toilets and the museum doesn't accept card payments. However, public toilets and a cashpoint are located just around the corner.


Updated: July 2016



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