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“A moving visit to Utah Beach and Museum” 5 of 5 stars
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Utah Beach D-Day Museum
Utah Beach, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, France
+33 (0)233715335
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Owner description: Located in the Parc Naturel Régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin, the "Madeleine" beach went into history a Tuesday of June 1944.67 years after, the Utah Beach Landing Museum invites you to walk along paths of our liberators.
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“A moving visit to Utah Beach and Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Can it be that I was standing here, on a beautiful beach on a hot summer's day where so many men had fallen! As my wife and I strolled along the beach, it all looked so tranquil and light-years away from the hell on earth it must have been in June 1944.

We were both born after the war and would not consider ourselves 'war mad'. We camped at a camp site just 100m from the beach itself and visited the museum as part of our stay. The museum is good value for money and has a gift shop with reasonable prices. There's also an independent café/bar/restaurant 1 minute from the museum entrance.

The museum is fairly new - having been finally completed in 2010. It is surrounded by monuments of that era with inscriptions and dedications to the various units that served and fought there. There is also a plaque in memorial to the 900 or so servicemen that died on an exercise at England's Slapton Sands, Devon just practicing for D-Day.

The museum is full of artefacts - many of which are relatively new additions. It is well laid out and recounts the history of D-Day and beyond, using exhibits and a film theatre. There is also a panoramic glass covered walkway where you can look out over the dunes, barbed wire and anti-landing craft ironwork. Yes, it's very Americanised, but after all, they were the ones who fought and died there!

In addition, there are two interesting towns close by - also with a lot of war history. These are, St. Marie du Mont and St. Mere Eglise. Both have numbered placards on town walls/buildings which, when followed in numerical order, give local accounts of skirmishes between American and Germans during the early stages of D-Day.

It was all very moving and we were humbled by the sacrifice of these and allied servicemen and women who died in order that we may walk free on that beach on that summer's day.

Visited August 2013
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“A must for any D Day Beach visitor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Number 2 on my top ten D Day Beach Museums (Memorial at Caen being number one). This has the site, the artifacts, and a good level of information. The museum layout is excellent offering great views over the dunes to the beach to put it all into context. The gift shops offers items to suit all ages and pockets. The are memorials adjacent the museum, including the 0km marker from Utah beach to Bastogne route. The café nearby (Le Roosevelt) also houses a own wireless station dating from D Day and a good gift shop.

Visited September 2013
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“Utah Beach D-Day museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The museum is a must for D-day fans and better than the one in Caen. Good value for money at 7.50€ entry Excellent movie clip, great memorabalia and restored planes, landing boat and tank. The interviews with local people on the daily life during those years was particularily interesting

Visited August 2013
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“Emotionally moving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Remarkable details of history, and how hard work, precise teamwork helped achieve victory. Great story regarding the reunion of an officer and his family. Glad we were able to view these authentic relics. 7+ euros each to go inside.

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“Good one”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This museum is much better than the Caen memorial. In cost 7.50€ but there are a lot more things to see. Very well done. This is one of the thing you must see during the visit at the D-Day beaches!

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