The Musée Airborne at Sainte-Mère-Eglise in the American airborne sector is every bit as good as its equivalent, the Memorial Pegasus, sixty miles east in the British sector. Admittedly it can't...Read More
Whilst not, strictly speaking, a museum in the accepted sense, the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema is certainly worth visiting. It is a unique experience when visiting the Normandy battlefields...Read More
We were somewhat uncertain about how to approach places like the Azeville Battery and its contemporaries at Maisy, Merville and Crisbecq along with the German radar facility at Douvres-la-Délivrande. These are all...Read More
We were somewhat uncertain about how to approach places like the Crisbecq Battery and its contemporaries at Maisy, Merville and Crisbecq along with the German radar facility at Douvres-la-Délivrande. These are all...Read More
We were somewhat uncertain about how to approach places like the Maisy Battery and its contemporaries at Azeville, Merville and Crisbecq along with the German radar facility at Douvres-la-Délivrande. These are all..Read More
We were somewhat uncertain about how to approach places like the Merville Battery and its contemporaries at Azeville, Maisy and Crisbecq along with the German radar facility at Douvres-la-Délivrande. These are all...Read More
A warm and friendly welcome awaits visitors at the Big Red One Assault Museum. As the name implies it is devoted to the US Army's First Infantry Division, as well as the 6th Naval Beach Battalion, which saw action on...Read More
Located near Saint-Côme-du-Mont, the older of the buildings at the museum and the land upon which it sits has as much historical significance as the artefacts displayed within. On the night of 6th June 1944 it was occupied by...Read More
The Centre Juno Beach opened in 2003 following twenty years of fundraising. The self-described museum and cultural centre serves as a permanent memorial to all Canadians who served during the Second World War. To this...Read More
The Mémorial de Caen isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. Described as a memorial to peace, a laudable concept of course, some people will undoubtedly prefer a nice, straightforward museum that...Read More
A new museum for 2016, Falaise had been without its own museum since the closure of the Musée Août 1944 in 2011 - a somewhat disapointing state of affairs given the pivotal nature of events within the Falaise-Chambois pocket...Read More
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...Read More
Sitting just metres away on the opposite side of the road to the Batterie de Crisbecq, this site was the command bunker for Crisbecq. For many years the exterior was accessible to the public, but the site is now in private hands...Read More
Overlooking the Dives Valley, the memorial on the summit of Hill 262 was inaugurated in 1965, whilst the museum itself was opened on the 50th Anniversary of the Normandy campaign in 1994. The valley upon which...Read More
Situated on the strip of land between the River Orne and Caen Canal, the Mémorial Pegasus is a fantastic museum that sits just a few hundred feet from where Staff-Sergeants Jim Walwork, Oliver Boland and...Read More
It is really difficult for us to review this museum honestly and fairly, because although we have visited it twice and the content was largely, if not entirely, the same - the way we viewed everything...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
It took us quite a few attempts to find this tiny museum in Tilly-sur-Seulles open, but when we finally managed to see inside we were actually very pleasantly surprised. It is only open between May and September and...Read More
Situated almost 120m above sea level at the top of Mount Roule overlooking Cherbourg, this museum tells the story of the German occupation and the rebuilding of the port. To get to the museum you must navigate a steep...Read More
A unique museum in Normandy, the Musée des Epaves Sous-Marines (Museum of Underwater Wrecks) opened its doors in 1990. The collection represents the achievements of 25 years of underwater...Read More
The Musée du Débarquement is situated on the sea-front at Arromanches-les-Bains, just a few hundred feet from the closest remnants of Mulberry B - or "Port Winston" - the artificial harbour constructed at...Read More
The museum at Utah Beach has always been a good one, but in 2011 it underwent a major renovation. It's now up there with the best in Normandy and we're happy to award it a full five stars. It looks in detail at...Read More
This one is a bit of a hidden gem - that is if it's possible to hide a six-storey concrete tower in the middle of a small town. The building itself is just as much the museum as the artefacts and exhibits located inside...Read More
The Musée Juin 44 is sadly showing its age. It is a product of a different era and, unfortuantely, it really does show. It was opened in 1953, making it the oldest D-Day/Battle of Normandy museum - beating the...Read More
Originally born out of a temporary exhibition in Bayeux visited by American President Jimmy Carter in 1978, the permanent museum was inaugurated in July 1981. It doubled in size for 1986 to 2000m² and was again...Read More
The sands of Omaha Beach are just a few hundred metres from this museum, which sits beside the road from Les Moulins to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. This was the route from the "D3" exit from Omaha Beach, between...Read More
This is a fairly tiny museum that is dedicated to the small band of Free French Commandos that landed on Sword Beach on D-Day. Trained at Achnacarry in Scotland, on D-Day they were attached to Lord Lovat's...Read More
Inaugurated in time for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day in 1994, this museum should appeal not only to those with an interest in the Battle of Normandy, but to anyone with an interest in the history of radar or...Read More
The Normandy Victory Museum now operates from the premises that briefly (2014-2016) housed the Normandy Tank Museum, which closed citing low visitor numbers and disputes with locals over the use of the airstrip on the site....Read More
The Overlord Museum at Colleville-sur-Mer opened in June 2013 making it one the younger museums covering the Battle of Normandy. It is located on the roundabout just outside the entrance road to the Normandy...Read More
Museums That Have Closed
For some time the owners of this museum had been looking to move on and they finally closed the doors at the end of the 2016 season. In 2017 many exhibits were sold at auction, and we ourselves were able to purchase a few items for our own collection. Fortunately the museum's new owners have kept the unique life-sized French civilian street diorama and more than a few of the original exhibits remain. The reincarnated museum now operates as the World War II Museum.
Located on the outskirts of Falaise, this museum was dedicated to the battles around Falaise towards the end of the Battle of Normandy in August 1944. The museum was started by Eddy Florentin, a historian and author, and had an impressive collection of vehicles and artefacts on display. Sadly the msueum went out of business in 2011 and we never got to visit. Eddy's books are available on Amazon, including his "Battle of the Falaise Gap" published in 1965.
One of the older museums in Normandy, it closed its doors in 2009. We understand it had been for sale for 15 years and the town of Avranches had unsuccessfully tried to purchase the contents, but the owner of the collection was asking too high a price. It held 26 reconstructed scenes with around 130 mannequins, along with vehicles and equipment. Sadly we never got the chance to visit this museum.
At the time of writing in early 2018, this museum appears to be permenently closed. The vehicle parked alongside the building has been gone for some time, and through the window the reception desk and some exhibits are still visible, but there have been no signs of life at this museum for a couple of years - including during a couple of the always-busy D-Day Anniversary periods. We never got a chance to visit this museum.
The small museum closed in 2015/2016 and the contents were sold at auction. During the years the town was occupied the building was as a German garrison, and one of the interesting features of the museum was a mural painted on the walls of the old German rest room.
The Musée des Rangers closed in 2015 and following a renovation the building now houses the local Tourist Office. There are rumours of a new Ranger museum being planned for the future, possibly to be located at Cricqueville-en-Bessin. As we learn more details we will publish them here.
Sadly, this museum was all too short-lived. Open for just a couple of years, it was located at the site of the old A10 airfield and was home to a fabulous collection of vehicles and equipment collected over 35 years by Patrick Nerrant and his sons. The museum closed its doors in September 2016 with the contents being auctioned to the highest bidder. The items sold at auction, ranging from mannequins to tanks, fetched just over €2.75m. The premises have now been taken over by new owners, and a new museum named the Normandy Victory Museum now resides there.