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“Very interesting museum”

Museum of the Battle of Normandy
Ranked #5 of 35 things to do in Bayeux
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Owner description: Situated near the British Military Cemetery of Bayeux, the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy narrates the battles which took place in Normandy after the D-Day landings, between 7th June and 29th August 1944. The collections of military equipment, the diorama and the archival films allow the visitor to grasp the enormous effort made during this decisive battle in order to restore peace in Europe.
Coulsdon, Surrey
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“Very interesting museum”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

This museum was very interesting and gave a good overview of what happened in Normandy once the D-Day landings had started. Takes a couple of hours to look round and is just across the road across from the British War Cemetery so can be combined with a visit there.

Visited May 2014
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“Battle of Normandy museum May 18th”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

We did this museum on our last day and it took us 4.5 hours as we read every display and took in all it had to offer, it gives an excellent account of the whole of the normandy campaign in a logical progression from the build up to the race for the rhine, a lot of reading but well presented, close to the british cemetery. Sadly photos are not allowed inside.

Visited May 2014
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Derry. N.Ireland
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“Poignant yet wonderful”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

The film was very very interesting with contemporary footage. I learnt more in tht visit than i had ever dreamed happened. I came away from the fild very touched by the sacrifices made. then the museum, which was beautifully laid out, brought the reality of war home to me. I believe I became a pacifist during thtat visit.

Visited April 2014
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“Superb Museum”
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Visited with my son prior to doing D Day tour and found it to be extremely interesting,well laid out with superb exhibits,archive film and great narrative throughout. More than worth the entry fee.

Visited May 2014
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Island of Malta, Malta
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“An Excellent Narrative”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

We visited the museum as part of our tour of beaches and drop zones. The museum is dedicated to the whole Normandy campaign from D Day planning through to Falaise and the drive to the Seine. With this broad scope some detail is inevitably absent and if one is touring Sword then the Arromanche museums keep that level of detail. The museum has its own car park (which also serves the adjacent Commonwealth cemetery) and from the outside is immaculately kept and the externally displayed vehicles are in good condition. As an example we compared the German Jagdpanzer to a photograph we took of the same vehicle during our previous visit to the museum in 1999. The vehicle was still in the same well kept condition.

The inside of the museum was excellent too. There were displays of information that were both detailed and easy to read. The museum contained a number of vehicles inside (including an excellently preserved Sexton), but the vehicles were not its speciality say in comparison to the Normandy Tank Museum or the Overlord Museum. The museum did specialise in displays of equipment, all well conserved and well labelled. There were many mannequins displaying authentic costumes of the Normandy campaign for many of the nations who participated. The displays of narrative information were carefully organised in date order to preserve the historical narrative.

Unlike some Normandy museums this museum is not laid out in a completely linear fashion. Thus, to enable one to follow the narrative it is necessary to carefully follow the individual displays in strict date order.

Our only real criticism of the museum is that it did not allow photography of any sort, with or without flash. This was a great pity as many displays and information boards were well worth a photograph. This interdiction is in sharp contrast to many other Normandy museums that allow photography. We also noticed that quite a few visitors were taking photographs in spite of the prohibition.

Leaving aside the above criticism, the museum is well worth a visit and we highly recommend it.

Visited May 2014
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