Many people going to the World War II Normandy landing beaches at Arromanches miss the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum (Musée-Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie) which is well worth a visit. It covers the strategic position of the Allies before the Landings and then moves onto the story of the battle from June 7th to August 29th, 1944, through maps, photographs and models, heavy equipment, arms and uniforms.
There’s a diorama of the closing of the Falaise Pocket which recreates Chambois village. Here part of the 90th US Infantry Division joined forces with the 1st Polish Armored Division on August 19th. Five themed areas cover the role of General de Gaulle from 1935 to 1946; the Mulberry harbors; Cherbourg; the role of the airforce in the battle, and the Battle of the Hedgerows. There are also various tanks outside incuding a Sherman M4 American tank and a British Churchill tank; and plaques and monuments just nearby.
The museum also houses some of the artefacts retracing General de Gaulle’s life through the events associated with Bayeux and the leader of the Free French during World War II.
Essential Information on the Memorial Museum
Boulevard Fabian Ware
Tel.: 00 33 (0)2 31 51 46 90
Opening times and prices
October 1st-April 30th 10am-12:30pm, 2-6pm
May 1st to September 30th 9:30am-6:30pm
Annual closing: January 1st to February 28th
Admission: Adult 6.50 euros; Child 3.80 euros