D-Day and Battle of Normandy museums
The Airborne Museum opened its doors at Sainte-Mère-l’Eglise on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Normandy landings. It was born from the will of its former mayor, Alexandre Renaud, who was also a witness of the fighting of June 6, 1944: his goal was to pay tribute to the Allies and especially the US airborne troops who released the town on D-Day. The inauguration took place on June 6, 1964 in the presence of Generals Gavin and Taylor (respectively at the head of the paratroopers units of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day) and then French Mayor Jean Masselin. The first building, adopting the shape of a parachute dome, is installed on the site of the house of the family Pommier, destroyed by the flames during the night of June 5 to 6, 1944.
The museum exhibits including a Waco glider, discovered in the Cotentin after being used during Operation Overlord and reconditioned, and a Dakota C-47 since 1983, placed in a second building. On June 5, 2014, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a third building is inaugurated: called “Operation Neptune”, it contains scenographies that allow visitors to move through reconstructions of fighting delivered by paratroopers US. A conference room was added in 2016 to this museum complex which is located just a few steps from the famous steeple of Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
Its location, the quality of its collection and the details of its historical explanations make it one of the must-see museums in the historical space of the Battle of Normandy.
– Parking lot for coaches near the museum.
– Parking lot for light vehicles near the museum.