Layout of the Museum 

The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy is the only museum to dedicate 2 300 m² to the Battle of Normandy.

 

Remy Desquesnes, historian, entrusted with the museology

The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy was inaugurated in 1981. It is located in the heart of a strategic site of the Battle of Normandy, Bayeux , the first town liberated in France mainland. The liberation of Bayeux took place smoothly on 7th June 1944, with the arrival of British troops.

Entrusted to the historian Remy Desquesnes, the permanent exhibition of the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy is presented in a space of 2300 square meters. The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy traces chronologically and thematically operations which took place on Norman soil from 7th June 1944 to 29th August 1944.

Your visit to the Museum

Upon entering the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy you will be introduced to the Normandy landings' context: an inventory will show you the location of the Atlantic Wall; you will then move on to a presentation of the forces engaged in battle and the Allied and German General Staffs, followed by a picture display of the preparation of the landings.

You will then walk into a circular room, evoking the invasion of 6 juin 1944 and the five landing zones (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, Sword Beach).

The museum then proposes an immersion into the Battle of Normandy. Each individual operation is described and enriched with showcases: a presentation of British, American and German soldiers (guns, vehicles, uniforms...) and their equipment. 

A gateway to the D-Day beaches

Thanks to the immediate environment of the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, you are in the heart of the action of the Battle of Normandy.

Near the museum, you will see the largest British military cemetery on French territory. Four thousand soldiers of different nationalities who died during the battle are buried there.

The ring road which runs near the museum is another marker of the Battle of Normandy: the by-pass was built by British engineers to allow for the movement of military vehicles.

Situated just a few kilometres from the landing beaches, the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy will give you all the information you need before you get to the beaches.

Symbolic vehicles and equipment

  • GMC transmitter/receiver SCR 399
  • Half-track M3
  • Bulldozer Caterpillar D7  
Bulldozer Caterpillar
Bulldozer Caterpillar
 

In contribution with Rémy Desquesnes
Historian