Musée D-Day Omaha

Parking

The museum has its own unpaved car park with plenty of room. It's behind the old brick former "Marie" building.

Toilets

The museum does not have any public toilets.

Gift Shop

There is no gift shop but a few items are on sale at the counter. In season, there is a snack bar outside with seating.

This museum has been around for a long time, and we have childhood memories of visiting in the 1980's. Since 1999 it has housed the incredible private collection of Michel Brissard, who sadly passed away in 2012. Originally, the building Omaha Beach after D-Day, with the field hospital visible. Later relocated, in now houses the museum.was constructed by US Army engineers on the shore behind Omaha Beach following D-Day, serving as an American field hostpital. It was later dismantled and purchashed by the town of Vierville-sur-Mer and rebuilt in its present location.

General opinions of this museum can be polarising. It's a bit like Marmite - people seem to either love it or hate it. We can appreciate some of the negative comments, but we feel that this collection is worth a visit. Some of the pieces on display are extremely rare, whilt some others are unique. Presentation is undeniably where the Musée D-Day Omaha loses marks (and some fans), but not on its content.

Outside the museum is wide array of items too big or too awkward to house inside - even if there were room, which there certainly isn't. These include several original LCVP "Higgins Boat" landing craft, towed searchlights, and the famed German 88 in anti-aircraft gun which was, of course, so effective as an anti-tank weapon as well. There are also some recovered German beach defences, like reinforced concrete tetrahedra and parts of at least one example of the "Belgian Gate". These can be seen without actually paying to go inside, but we would urge everyone to carry on inside and help support the upkeep of the museum.

Our main criticism is the lack of descriptions or context to many of the items. It is also a great shame that there is not the space, or presumably funds available, to better house all the larger pieces that remain outside the museum itself. These are sadly deteriorating as time goes by, and deserves to be protected from the elements. Whilst we're talking about protection, the museum itself has had a couple of issues over the years. In 2008 thieves broke in and stole the extremely rareGerman Enigma cipher machine. Thanks to social media and the help of some militaria dealers, the machine was located and returned. In 2016, the museum was broken into again. Thieves made away with two deactivated sub-machine guns - a Thompson and an even rarer M3 "Grease Gun".

It must be remembered this is an astonishing collection accumulated over more than 50 years. If you are looking to visit somewhere that is the polar opposite of the new style of modern, minimalist museum experiences rich with interactive digital displays, then this is certainly the place to go. That is not intended as a criticism at all, it's just a statement of fact. If you go, do so with an open mind and look past the dust and disorganisation and just enjoy the many interesting and rare artefacts that are on display - like the Aid Station sign which, on D-Day, was attached by American troops to the gate of Château de Vierville as the wounded were treated inside.


Updated: June 2017



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