Musée America Gold Beach

Parking

The museum does not have its own parking. Limited parking spaces are available nearby.

Toilets

There are well-maintained toilets on site.

Gift Shop

There is a small gift shop area. The reception also houses the local tourist office.

We had often driven past the signs for this museum, a little bemused by the name - "Gold" was the codename for a British D-Day beach, after all. Of course it doesn't take much investigation to understand that the "America" referred to in the name of the museum has nothing at all to do with D-Day of the Battle of Normandy, but rather the name of the Fokker aircraft which made the first transatlantic mail flight in 1927. As sush, this is very much a museum of two-halves - and potential visitors should be aware of this beforehand.

The first part of the museum, the part dedicated to the history of mail flights, is actually very interesting and well put together. There are a lot of original artefacts, a number of very detailed small scale dioramas and some attractive information panels. Even though it was not a topic that would normally have attracted us it was actually very interesting. The expedition of "America" certainly was an eventful undertaking. You also may find it a refreshing interlude between tanks, bunkers and beaches.

The second part of the museum, dealing with the Allied landings on Gold Beach and the fighting around the town of Ver-sur-Mer, is quite small but has some interesting items on display. There are plenty of things to read, all with both French and English descriptions. There are several very details, small scale dioramas including one of airfield B-3 - an advanced landing groud (ALG) built a few days after D-Day. The curator of the museum was a ten year old boy living with his family in Ver-sur-Mer in 1944. They evacuated to Paris in May that year after the dropping of warning leaflets by the Allies.

Some of the artefacts inside the museum have been donated by veterans, which in itself is not that unusual in Normandy. However, back in 2002 the son of D-Day veteran Major Robert Kiln of the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry, donated a Sexton 25-pounder self-propelled gun. Matthew Kiln spent £12,000 restoring the tracked vehicle before dontaing it to the museum. Today is sits about 1km from the museum, close to the Royal Artillery monument behind Gold Beach. There is a car parking immediately behind the Sexton.

Inside the building are several sets of stairs, including a spiral staircase to get up to the main part of the "America" exhibition. Access for those with mobility issues may be an issue, therefore. Parking is also a little limited as the museum is located in the middle of a residential area next to a small school and the Town Hall. There are designated parking bays outside, but not all that many.

Although this is a small museum and not entirely devoted to D-Day/Battle of Normandy related topics, it is actually worth a visit - especially for a something a bit different.

Updated: August 2016



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