Tank outside the D-day / WW2 Battle of Normandy Memorial museum

WW2 museums

Normandy's WW2 and D-Day museums are filled with a wealth of  artefacts and information about the events of 1944. Some museums such as the American Airborne Museum are very specific in their focus whilst others like the Memorial de Caen are far more wide-ranging. Whatever you are most interested in about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, you are sure to find a museum or three that will help you uncover the incredible historic events that happened here during WW2. Discover the effects of the war not just on the armed forces involved but also on the French civilians caught in the crossfire, as well as seeing up close a huge variety of artefacts and exhibits.

More modern museum techniques including multimedia exhibits like the cinema at the Arromanches 360, or interactive displays at other the Memorial de Caen, help to tell the story of the landings and the fight across France to push the Nazis back into Germany. You can also see all manner of artefacts from all sides of the battle such as mannequins dressed in uniforms, caches of arms and munitions, equipment, documents, letters, plans, photographs - even full-size aircraft and gliders, in the museums across the region.

A lot of museums give guided tours, and many of these will be available in English if you want to learn even more about what happened here during WW2. Most of the museums also include English translations on the information cards about the exhibits.

Discover excellent museums filled with history

LE MÉMORIAL DE CAEN

From pre-1945 to the post-1945 period, this museum tells the story of the 20thC in a spectacular presentation of the events that had such an impact on European history.

MUSÉE DU DÉBARQUEMENT

The Musée du Débarquement was the first museum built to commemorate D-Day and the Normandy Campaign and overlooks the remains of the Mulberry B Harbour.

AMERICAN AIRBORNE MUSEUM

The American Airborne Museum tells the story of the American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who took part in the night raids on the eve of the D-Day landings.

MUSÉE DE LA BATAILLE DE TILLY-SUR-SEULLES 1944

Housed inside a 12th century chapel, this museum pays tribute to those who were involved in the fierce fighting around the town of Tilly-sur-Seulles.

MUSÉE AMERICA GOLD BEACH

The town of Ver-sur-Mer saw two important events in the 20th century, both of which are explored at the Musée America Gold Beach

MUSÉE RADAR

This museum is devoted to the history of radar during WW2 and is based at the former Douvres-la-Délivrande observation station.

MEMORIAL DE LA LIBERTÉ RETROUVÉE

The Memorial de la Liberté Retrouvée uses a 1000m modern exhibition space to tell the chronological story of WW2 in Normandy

MUSÉE DU DÉBARQUEMENT - UTAH BEACH

The Musée du Débarquement at Utah Beach recounts the story of D-Day from the preparations to the landings themselves and their eventual success at Utah.

MEMORIAL DE 19 AOÛT 1942

The Memorial de 19 Août 1942 is dedicated to the memory of those involved in the Dieppe Raid in 1942

MUSÉE DÉPARTEMENTAL DE LA RÉSISTANCE ET DE LA DÉPORTATION

The Musée départemental de la résistance et de la déportation retraces the dark years of WW2 during the Holocaust.

MUSÉE DE LA LIBÉRATION

This excellent museum is set in the Fort du Roule, a Second Empire fortress which was occupied by the Germans during WW2 and liberated by the Americans in 1944.

MUSEUM OF THE BATTLE OF NORMANDY

Bayeux was the first town liberated during the Battle of Normandy in 1944 and it is fittingly the home of a Museum dedicated to the Battle that raged for over 2 months across the region.

ARROMANCHES 360 CINEMA

The Arromanches 360 cinema is an immersive experience with 9 screens showing a high definition film with archive footage of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy.

MUSÉE DE LA PERCÉE DU BOCAGE

The Musée de la Percée du Bocage is dedicated to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Hedgerows, especially in the battle around the town of Saint-Martin-des-Besaces.

MUSÉE DES EPAVES SOUS-MARINES

Discover some of the vestiges of the D-Day Landings that have been brought up from the seabed including personal belongings that were found inside the sunken warships from the 6th of June.

JUNO BEACH CENTRE

This museum is the only one on the D-Day Landing Beaches to be dedicated entirely to the role played by Canadian troops in the Second World War.

MUSÉE DU NO 4 COMMANDO

This museum pays tribute to the actions of the French commandos under Lieutenant Commander Philippe Kieffer, who landed on Sword Beach during the D-Day Landings.

D-DAY PARATROOPERS HISTORICAL CENTER

The D-Day Paratroopers Historical Center, or Dead Man's Corner Museum. is located in the heart of the parachute zone at Dead Man's Corner.

MUSÉE DES RANGERS

The Musée des Rangers traces the historic acts of the elite US Rangers who took the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.

MUSÉE AOÛT 44: L'ENFER SUR LA SEINE

Discover thousands of artefacts from the Battle of Normandy at the beautiful Château du Taillis.

OVERLORD MUSEUM - OMAHA BEACH

The Overlord Museum is a brand new museum, opened in June 2013, dedicated to June 6th 1944 and the Battle of Normandy.

Plan your D-Day trip

Let us take you straight into the heart of Normandy with our popular sailings from Portsmouth to Caen as well as sailings from Portsmouth and Poole to Cherbourg.

And, book a ferry-inclusive holiday or break with us to get your travel and accommodation sorted in one go!

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