MUSEUM OF THE BATTLE OF
This museum originally opened many years under the guidance of Jean-Pierre Benamou, a local author and historian, and covered the fighting in Normandy from D Day through to Falaise. This museum closed in 2005 and M. Benamou moved his collection out and hopes to re-open in a new location soon.
The new museum follows a 'modern' approach and now very much focuses on the role of the Americans in the liberation of Normandy. The museum was still under development when I visited in August 2006, but I must say I was disappointed compared to what was there; but it would nevertheless be a useful visit if this was your first time in Normandy.
Opening times are 0930 - 1830 (up to 30th September) and then 1000 - 1230 and 1400 - 1800 between 1st October and 30th April.
Admission in 2006 was 6.5€ for adults, students/children 10+ was 3€ and children under 10 go free. The museum is part of the Museum Pass scheme.
Contact details are:
Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie
Boulevard Fabian Ware
Tel: 02 31 51 46 90. Fax: 02 31 51 46 91.
Photos of some of the tanks outside the museum.
©Paul Reed 2002-2007