There is a decent-sized free car park adjacent to the museum building.
There are well maintained toilets inside the museum next to the reception area,
In the reception area there is a mix of the typical books and gifts for sale, along with some period militaria items.
Back in 2016 we were very sad to learn that the unique Quinéville museum "Mémorial de la Liberté Retrouvée" was going to be closing its doors after 12 years in operation. However, in its place (quite literally the same premises), now stands the World War II Museum - housing the collection of Jean-François Herry accumulated over 40 years. As well as the more usual exhibits, they also brought their own special passion to the reborn museum when it opened in April 2017.
Although many of the pieces from the original museum were sold at auction (some of which are now in our own collection), much of the essence remains. Many of the information panels and artwork from the previous inhabitants still adorn the walls, and a number of vehicles also remain. Of course, the museum building itself has always partly encompassed one of the original German Atlantic Wall casemates (type H667) of WN 106. This part of the museum still looks the same with a large window covering the gun embrasure and proving a sheltered view southward towards Utah Beach. On the walls are photographs of the bunker taken shortly after D-Day, including the 50mm KwK canon that was installed there.
Perhaps the most recognisable feature, the life-sized civilian street scene, still remains - albeit with a few subtle changes here and there. Whereas the original museum strongly centred on the aspects of civilian life under Nazi occupation, the World War II museum is more focused on the equipment and personal effects of the military forces. The first section of the museum concentrates on the Germans, whilst the second part (after the street diorama) deals ostensibly with the Americans.
Some stylish new display cabinets were installed by the Herry family, and although there is perhaps a little less on display than before, it is presented a little better. There are also plans for further enhancements with Michael Herry, son of Jean-François, suggesting that a sound and light installation within the bunker area may be developed. The museum would benefit from English translations to the information panels on the walls. As mentioned above these were left behind when the Mémorial de la Liberté Retrouvée closed. However, under the previous management English-speaking visitors were given a binder on arrival with English translations.
What is really new and refreshing are the fruits of the Herry family's passion for 1/6th scale modelling. It brings something quite unusual to the museum, and is not something that exists to any large extent in any of the other Operation Overlord-related museums in Normandy. The models and dioramas created by the Herry family are simply incredible, with subjects ranging from American paratroopers to German submariners. There is an LCVP replete with jeep and soldiers and a huge German tank on a railcar; as well as horses, Kübelwagens and a particularly nice Sherman tank on a trailer being towed by an M25 "Dragon Wagon" prime mover. For the uninitiated, 1/6th scale roughly equates to the size of an Action Man, so you can imagine how impressive these modeals and dioramas look - indiviually crafted to the most minute detail
The Herry collection began shortly after the war, started by Michael's grandfather, Guy, who lived through the German occupation and Allied liberation. It is to Guy Herry that the museum is dedicated. Although we are disapointed to have lost the Mémorial de la Liberté Retrouvée the World War II Museum at Quinéville is a worthy replacement.Updated: July 2017