Insider's Guide to Bayeux

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  • Hours: October-May 10am-6pm, June-September 9:30am-7pm; closed in January
  • Admission: Adults €8, Children €3.50, Museum & Beach Tour €12
Omaha Beach, with its Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, receives the most visitors looking to learn more about WWII history and pay their respects. But what many don't know is that Utah Beach, the westernmost landing point of the D-Day battle, has its own fantastic museum. If you're planning an overnight stay in Bayeux in order to explore the various WWII sites in Normandy, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum should be right near the top of your list.

Unlike the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which technically lies on U.S. soil, the Utah Beach D-Day Museum is a French endeavor, and as such it carries the official name of Musée du Débarquement Utah Beach – and its motto translates to, “Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom.” However, you can be sure that everything in the museum is titled in English, so no need to worry.

What's most interesting about this museum is that it delves into life in the region under German occupation; in other words, what it was like before the Allies landed and swept through to Paris. Nazis took the region a full four years before D-Day, and the oral histories of the locals who survived are enlightening, to say the least. 

Also interesting is the German defenses exhibit, which shows exactly what the Allies were up against along the Normandy coast, and especially here at Utah Beach. It's housed in one of the original bunkers, and gives you the German perspective on the day without defending it.

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The museum takes full advantage of its location directly on Utah Beach; guided tours include hour-by-hour presentations of the events of D-Day, and combine them with outdoor excursions onto the beach and even breakfast and lunch options. It's only about 15 minutes further along the coast from the American memorial, and is well worth any visitor's time.

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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

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Location: Bayeux, France
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Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 565 Reviews

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Caen

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Take a private tour from Caen to Normandy, where you’ll explore sites of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Bayeux

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Take a private tour from Bayeux to Normandy, where you’ll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ...  Read more

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 113 Reviews

If time is tight and you'd like to visit the Normandy beaches, this quick morning tour from Bayeux is the perfect choice to see the area's most important ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

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Retrace the first days of the Battle of Normandy on this World War II battlefields tour from Bayeux. Visit important WWII sites including Pointe du Hoc, Omaha ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
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Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour from Paris: Omaha Beach, Cider Tasting and Lunch

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Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

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2-Day WWII Normandy Tour from Paris: D-Day Landing Beaches, Bayeux and Colleville-sur-Mer

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