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“great museum for kids and adults”
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Airborne Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Airborne Museum, situated in the square of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, a few miles from D-Day landing beaches, facing the church where John Steele famously was caught, relates the heroic adventure of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. Through a spectacular museography, the Airborne Museum takes you through the D-Day alongside American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. From the invasion preparations in England through the battles for liberation, meet the Airborne troops and accompany them on their journey to Victory.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“great museum for kids and adults”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

displays are fantastic, very good explanatory movie. There are plane models and tanks, mannequins wearing war outfits, manuals and items used by GI's and german soldiers, pictures, medals, etc

Visited July 2013
Thank Catherine E
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Claremont, California
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“Covers a key aspect of D-Day”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

A well-maintained and organized museum focusing on the American airborne operations supporting D-Day. Unlike most of the area's other D-Day museums, the Musee Airborne really does focus on this one aspect of D-Day (including the German experience, which was a nice addition), rather than attempting to cover All Things D-Day. *whew* There are (many) other museums that will give you an overview of D-Day -- it's nice to find one a little more narrowly focused. If you've made the pilgrimage to Ste-Mere-Eglise, you're probably already familiar with D-Day anyway, right?

A large addition to the Musee Airborne is under construction (odd that this does not seem to be mentioned on the website). Presumably it will be completed in time for the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, in which case this already recommended museum will be even better.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice little museum made even better by a guided tour”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

We booked a full day D-Day tour with http://www.normandy-battlefields.com/ and St. Mere Eglise and the Musee Airborne were our first stops, chronologically following the landings of the day. The highlights of the museum were the C-47 transport plane in one building and the Waco glider in the other. The Waco glider was particularly impressive (and rare) because it was made of such lightweight materials as wood and canvas. It's amazing that anyone managed to land in those and live, nevermind be prepared for battle once they blew the back of the glider off to swarm out and take the field.

It's also amazing to look at the pictures of where they landed and realize that, not only did they have to avoid the obstructions put up by the Germans, but each other. The field was littered with gliders that had landed before, so you didn't want to be one of the last ones in, or you'd wind up hitting another glider at high speed.

When we were there, they had some reenactors in another field which it looked like they were turning into yet a third museum site for the big anniversary next year.

Visited July 2013
Thank artrips
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“D-day in 2 hours”
Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We spend a couple of hours here in this museum. And it was quite interesting. Beside a lot of weapons and equipment used in WW2, they also show a short movie, which tells the about the main events from D-day and it even has a special focus on the paratroopers that landed in this specific area. Quite exciting to drive around in the area afterwards being able to point out and recognize the places mentioned in the movie.
Its absolutely worth a visit.

Visited July 2013
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Exton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2013

D-day was the most impressive human effort ever. The museum covers one of the less successful parts of it (the airborne effort).
I salute these soldiers.

Visited June 2013
Thank Joe A
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