D-Day museums and memorials in Normandy
” landings of Operation Overload, i.e. the Allied invasion of continental Europe from Britain
, started the war effort on the Western front with the aim of driving the occupying German forces out of France
and defeating Germany
, with success, as we all know.
All along the stretch of coastline where this largest amphibious operation and invasion of all time took place, as well as several places further inland, are literally littered with a larger number of museums and memorials than this website could possibly cover comprehensively or in much detail.
For those sites in this area that are part of the massive fortifications that the Nazis
constructed along this coast see under Atlantic Wall
Note also that those with a keen interest in the area and all its military sites are well catered for by a number of specialist tour operators and dedicated websites.
Here just a selection of the larger and/or more important museums and memorials will be mentioned in brief in the following lists.
Along the coast:
Utah Beach Musée du Débarquement (utah-beach.com);
Musée Mémorial d’Omaha Beach (musee-memorial-omaha.com)
D-Day Museum Arromanches (musee-arromanches.fr)
Arromanches 360 circular cinema (arromanches360.com)
Overlord Museum (overlordmuseum.com)
Musée America Gold Beach (goldbeachmusee.org.uk)
Juno Beach Centre (junobeach.org)
Airborne Museum (airborne-museum.org)
Paratroopers Museum, aka “Dead Man’s Corner”, and “D-Day Experience” (dday-experience.com)
Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy (bayeuxmuseum.com)
Radar Museum 1944 (musee-radar.fr)
Mémorial Pégasus (memorial-pegasus.org)
Falaise Memorial – Civilians at War (memorial-falaise.com)
Note: no longer in existence is the former Normandy Tank Museum (which closed down in 2016 and sold off its collection).