Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

  • The city of Bayeux

    The city of Bayeux

    © G. Wait

Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum 14402 Bayeux fr

The Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum is located just minutes from the landing beaches in Bayeux, the first city in France to be liberated on the morning of June 7, 1944. It provides a unique and thorough presentation of the fighting that took place on Normandy's soil from then until June 29, 1944.

The museum's scenography alternates between the chronological series of events and thematic highlights. In addition, an archived 25 minute film and exhibit of real uniforms of the time bring the museum's subject matter to life for viewers, allowing them to better understand the war efforts of this decisive battle that would later lead to the liberation of Europe.

A slideshow documents the two and a half months of fighting that took place, and two rooms (named Overlord and Eisenhower) exhibit weapons, uniforms and other artifacts. Outside the museum, several tanks used by both camps are displayed.

Bayeux, the city that hosts the museum, was liberated in the early hours of D-Day after the Allies' Landing on June 6, 1944, the largest military operation of all time.

A charming medieval city, Bayeux is also know for its tapestries including the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a true masterpiece of the Middle Ages, embroidered with the glory of William the Conqueror. The tapestry has since been classified by UNESCO.