American Airborne Museum

Carentan
Normandy
Attractions and places of interest
Museums

Opened in 1964, the American Airborne Museum, the Musée Airborne, 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. The museum is home to an original Waco glider and the Douglas C-47 plane Argonia, which took part in dropping the paratroopers and towing gliders on that fateful night. These are held in specially constructed buildings with a new extension filled with a variety of artefacts from D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. There are many mannequins dressed in uniform and several military vehicles as well as exhibitions showcasing documents, weapons and photographs, and you can also watch the original film, 'Battle for Liberty'.

Nearby attractions

The Musée à Ciel Ouvert, or open sky museum, is a 50km circuit around Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Utah Beach covering 10 important sites that were key places in the D-Day landings.

Discover the way of life of Norman country folk in days gone by in this 17th/18thC farm museum. Take a look at their homes and working quarters including a dairy, wash house, bakery, cowshed and cartwright's workshop.

The Azeville battery with its 4 Schneider cannons was at the heart of the action during the D-Day Landings on Utah Beach in June 1944. Explore the 350m of underground passages using an audioguide and see a film about the...

The Crisbecq artillery battery was built in 1942 by the Todt organisation and has placements for 21-cm Skoda guns.

Places to visit nearby

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.

Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.

Coutances in Normandy is an historical market town, set amongst beautiful countryside and close to the coast, that is famous for its beautiful cathedral.