Utah Beach D-Day Museum
The Utah Beach Landings Museum is situated on the site of a former German strongpoint that was crushed by the U.S. assault force on Utah Beach in the morning of D-Day, 6 June 1944. Among a lot of war related items, this museum features a rare Martin B 26 ‘Marauder’, an American medium-size bomber.
The Utah Beach Landings Museum, which opened its doors to the public in 1962, was built on the site of the former German strongpoint that was eliminated by the U.S. assault force on D-Day. It has been extended and renovated since and reopened its doors in 2011. The museum features a wide range of German and American war items related to the military engagements which took place during the D-Day landing in the morning of 6 June 1944 on Utah Beach. The 4th U.S. Infantry Division and its 8th Infantry Regiment are specially emphasized, as they were the first to set foot on this beach.
A reconstruction of the moments that made history is created around an American landing craft. Particular attention is paid to the U.S. Corps of Engineers who cleared the beach of dangerous obstacles and fatal traps set up by the German forces.
War related objects and pictures remind us that this beach also played a major role in the war of logistics. Indeed, the flat bottomed landing crafts could easily be driven ashore at low tide to unload their freight and transport troops before taking to the open sea at high tide. A space is also dedicated to the 101st U.S. Airborne Division which liberated the area of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont where the museum stands.
Finally, the museum features a rare Martin B26 G ‘Marauder’, an American twin-engined medium bomber. This plane is the central exhibit of the museum, as no more than six of them can be found in the world. It stands as a reminder of the crucial contribution of Allied Air Forces, and as a salute to their victories during and following the Utah Beach landing.
The Museum is fully accessible to persons with mobility, hearing, mental or visual impairments.
Another interesting museum exits in this area: ‘Le Mémorial de la Liberté retrouvée’ (Memorial of found Freedom) at Quinéville, 18, Avenue de la Plage. It presents another perspective on the daily life in France under the Occupation and at the Liberation.
October to May: 10:00 to 18:00, June to September: 09:30 to 19:00 Last ticket sales one hour before closing. In December, the Utah Beach Museum will be opened during the Christmas holidays from December 26th until January 5th from 10:00 till 18:00 (last entrance at 17:00) On December 31st the Museum will close its doors at 16:00 (last entrances at 15:00) Closed in January.
Children under 15: € 3.50
Group rate (adults): € 6.00
School groups: € 3.00
Children under 7 and WWII veterans: Free Guided tour of Museum and Utah Beach : € 12.00 Museum accepts cash, credit cards, checks, and vacation vouchers.