The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy - SPOT031

The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy

Boulevard Fabian Ware, Bayeux, France
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The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy

The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux relates how the Allies fought the Germans during the first ten weeks after D-Day. A wide range of vehicles, uniforms and military equipment gives visitors an impression of the everyday life of soldiers and civilians during that crucial period.

The Memorial Museum of the battle of Normandy is located next to the British military cemetery in Bayeux. The museum shows, step by step, how the Allies battled the German forces for ten weeks, from the Allied landings on D-Day until the withdrawal of the Wehrmacht beyond the River Seine. The museum provides a 2.000 square meters space where the military actions and the soldiers’ and civilians’ everyday life during the battle are illustrated by mannequins, pictures, weaponry and other means. In addition to the armour displayed outside, a vast hall houses vehicles and pieces of ordnance, as well as a diorama evoking the decisive struggle in the Falaise pocket. An archive film recounts the battle in both French and English.

The permanent exhibition is not limited to the armed confrontations, but also deals with aspects of a military campaign that are often ignored: the feeding of the troops, the care for the wounded, logistics, communication, engineering and so on. The significant role played by the Allied air forces is not forgotten either.

Bayeux was the first city in France that was liberated. Therefore the museum also recalls the highly symbolic visit of general Charles de Gaulle a few days after the landings. His enthusiastic reception by the population of Bayeux led the Allies (and specially U.S. president F.D. Roosevelt) to recognize him as the only legitimate leader of France.

Tourist information

A pedestrian path connects this museum to the other museums of Bayeux and to the medieval cathedral. A map is available on this link: http://www.bayeuxmuseum.com/en/informations_pratiques_MMBN_en.html

Opening hours From 24/03 to 30/04: 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00 From 01/05 to 30/09: 9:30-18:30 From 1/10 to 31/12: 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00 Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Annual closing from 24/12 afternoon to 26/12 morning; from 31/12 afternoon to 15/2.

Pricing Full rate: € 6,- Reduced rate: € 4,50 Young rate: € 4,- Free under 10 years old Possibility to buy combine tickets with the Bayeux Tapestry Museum and the Bayeux Museum of Art and History (MAHB)

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The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy

The Memorial Museum of the battle of Normandy is located next to the British military cemetery in Bayeux. The museum shows, step by step, how the Allies...

Boulevard Fabian Ware, Bayeux, France +33 (0)2 31 51 46 90. http://www.bayeuxmuseum.com/musee_memorial_bataille_de_normandie.html

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