In Normandy, just a short distance from Canada's Juno Beach Centre (in honour of Canadian troops) and a the famous "Omaha Beach," a new museum opened its doors on June 5, 2013. The "Overlord Museum" is named in symbolic reference to the code name used by Allied forces to designate an operation of the Battle of Normandy. This operation began on June 6th 1944, the day of the Allied invasion against the German occupation.
The Overlord Museum traces the historic events of 1944, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris, which put an end to Second World War (WWII) in Europe.
The Museum presents a unique collection, consisting of artifacts found mainly on Normandy's soil in the past 40 years by Michel Leloup, who lived through this time period and took part in Normandy's reconstruction.
Indeed, the Leloup collection contains more than 20,000 objects, half of which will be exhibited in the museum. Items vary from French and American soldiers' personal effects and aviation parts (found in large part on Normandy's soil) to enormous armoured vehicles. The collection represents the 6 armies present on the day of the landing.
The Battle of Normandy's scenery is staged in a very realistic way, complete with sound and light effects, manikins, vehicles, tanks, and artillery to help visitors re-live these historic moments.
The museum has also set up interactive tools, video terminals, computer graphics and audio guide tours to attract all generations and to allow visitors to determine their own itineraries.
The facility's diversity and quality makes this museum unique for an emotional journey through time.
- €4.90 upon presentation of ID: children from 10 to 18 years old, students, military & people with disabilities
Normandy Pass : € 5.90