Musée Omaha 6 juin 1944 - Saint Laurent sur Mer - France

Address: Rue de la Mer, St. Laurent sur Mer (See map)
Telephone: +33 (0)2-31219744

Shop: shop present
Restaurant/refreshments: not available
Size of the museum/site: small
Year of visit: 2002
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Description: Close to the Omaha beach coastline, in a quiet part of the Normandy town of Laurent sur Mer, the "Musée Omaha 6 juin 1944" is housed. Although the museum looks like a regular transit shed from the outside, it is a small diorama-fan's walhalla!

Boasting dioramas dealing with German occupation, French resistance, D-day, the fighting in the Bocage and finally the long-awaited liberation, this museum is worth visiting. Because of the lack of glass panels and other annoying (over-)protecting material, the museum offers great photo-opportunities as you can see below.

A "Long Tom" 155mm artillery piece fills up a large part of the parking lot. In sharp contrast to the situation of 1944, this is the only Long Tom around in Normandy these days.

Authentic Allied landingcraft. The ultimate symbol of the Decision-day landings and the liberation of Western Europe.

Showcases with all sorts of German and American medals, cigarette-packages, small weapons and emblems flank the entrance of the museum.

German motorist with dust-goggles.

Uniform of the German Todt Organisation, which was established to erect defensive structures and other military buildings. The organisation was especially active during the building of the Atlantik Wall.

Detail of the D-day diorama.

Fighting in the Bocage with its typical landscape consisting of hills with endless hedgerows and fences.

M34 Mortar (81 mm) in use by the German 'defenders'.