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Pegasus Memorial (Memorial Pegasus)

Avenue du Major Howard | Ranville, 14 860 Ranville, France
02 31 78 19 44
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Ranville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues, History Museums, Historic Sites
Description: A memorial to the first British soldiers to arrive in Normandy who captured the Pegasus Bridge from the Nazis.
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Downham Market, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The area around the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy is littered with museums. This is clearly the best and should not be missed by any UK visitors to the area. The story of the battle for the bridges is very well told by a comprehensive range of exhibits both inside and out. The highlights for me ? The glider and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is both an excellent Museum and Memorial that purposely illustrates both the fantastic feat and sacrifice by the British Airborne disvisions during the first days of the Normandy Invasion. There are many extremely good displays and a short film that runs in both French and English ( separate sessions ). Everything about this museum is done in a most... More

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I was very impressed with the way this museum is laid out and run. In addition to housing the original Pegasus Bridge (as seen in 'The Longest Day') there are also many other excellent exhibits including an original Bailey Bridge and a full size replica Horsa Glider. Admission was 7 euros but there was no extra charge for a very... More

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22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

If you've watched 'The Longest Day' you'll know some of the story about the Pegasus bridge and it's capture by the British Paratroops in the early hours of 6th June 1944. This museum shows the real story with static displays of equipment, a video presentation and personal recollections from those who took part in the event. Well worth the visit.

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65 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This museum, both indoor and outdoor is an amazing place. The indoor museum is packed with heart rending photos, uniforms and artifacts all detailed and clearly described. All aspects of the D Day landings are covered here. The outside area holds the actual bridge, the copy of which now stands in its place over the nearby river, guns, aircraft and... More

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

What a superb visual record of photos, documents, artefacts and weapons, the entry fee was 14 euros, and the receptionist spoke a number of languages including English. There were many glass kiosks displaying a whole variety of items used during this particular vital episode of the war, with well written information describing the contents. Most people visiting this, or any... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

As part of our tour of Normandy beaches and drop zones we visited Pegasus Bridge and The museum, Pegasus Memorial. The current bridge over the Orne Canal dates from 1994 so we were relieved that the original bridge is in the grounds of the museum. The grounds contained a number of interesting well preserved artefacts from the Normandy campaign, including... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Pegasus bridge was an important connection in occupied France and it had to be taken out when the D day landings were being planned by the allies. The Memorial Museum illustrates this very well with plenty of machines and installations to look at. Its well laid out and easy to navigate. I learnt a lot from looking at the exhibits... More

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Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We visited on 5 June 2014 so had to sit in the traffic while an event was occurring there. Managed to park right outside and found the indoor museum fascinating with so many personal details of the men involved. The outdoor parts were also excellent and were enhanced for us by being able to watch a drop of about 300... More

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Senior Contributor
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5 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We have been to this museum many times on our visits to the beaches, it is and has always been well presented. Coupled with a fantastic design to the building it is housed in and you have one of the most poignant reminders of just how much was at stake I am therefore surprised to read on comment calling it... More

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