Musée du Débarquement - Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont - France

Address: Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont (See map)
Telephone: +33 (02)-33715335

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: small
Year of visit: 1999

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Description: Strong point of this museum are the various allied amphibious and landing craft that are on display. Especially interesting is the Higgins landing craft outside the entrance. It was used by the Allied soldiers landing at the Normandy beaches June 6th 1944, and in a way, symbolises the start of the liberation of Western Europe.

Apart from this, lots of maps, photographs, scale models and a few guns are shown. There is an informative film about the landings on UTAH beach. Guided tours are available in French and English, but it is also possible to explore the museum on your own.

The historic setting of the complex (it is placed at the actual landing point of the US troops) adds to the experience.

Museum entrance.

Original landingcraft used by the allies during the D-Day landings.

Various American amphibious landingcraft.

Starting point of the "Road of Liberty", marking the route the allies took when they freed Western Europe of the Nazi regime.

Damaged German gun.

The much used Yankee Sherman tank.