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 artificial Mulberry B Harbour which was towed all the way across the Channel from England. The beach at Arromanches was part of the section of coastline designated as Gold Beach and was the place chosen to erect the Mulberry Harbour for British and Canadian forces. Understand the history of this port from its design and construction to its subsequent use by the military, until the port of Antwerp was taken by the Allies, in the gallery of working models. Practical demonstrations show how this giant jigsaw fitted together.

Continue your journey with a diorama bringing to life the first few hours of D-Day with a sound and light effects show, discover the different nationalities who took part in the landings in the Hall of the Allied Nations, and watch a film containing exceptional archive footage produced by the British Admiralty to show the design, transport, construction and operation of Mulberry B. There are guided tours of the museum available in English but these must be booked in advance.

Places to visit nearby

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.

Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.

Carentan in Normandy is a quaint town surrounded by vast wetlands and marshes teeming with wildlife - but it is most famous as the site of the Battle of Carentan during the Battle of Normandy in WW2.

Nearby attractions

From a British perspective, a good place to start your tour is the small village of Arromanches, just a few miles away from Bayeux. This is Gold Beach where the British 50th Division landed.

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.

Visit the Longues-sur-Mer Gun Battery and let history stand still. The battery atop these 65m high cliffs is the only one on the Atlantic Wall to retain its original guns.