This museum, located next to a military cemetery in historic Bayeux, retraces the military and human story of the Battle of Normandy. It is entirely dedicated to the different strategies deployed by the Allies before the infamous D-Day landings as well as the battle itself, which occurred between June 7 and Aug. 29, 1944. Topics covered in the 2,000-square-meter space are varied and extensive; they include the Mulberry Harbour, the role of General de Gaulle, Cherbourg; the specific role of the air force, and the Battle of the Hedgerows. The museum features many artifacts including weapons, military maps, 25 minutes of film archives, hundreds of photographs, uniforms, two massive tanks and a diorama evoking the decisive struggle in the Falaise pocket. The museum also depicts the less recognized aspects of the military campaign, like daily logistics, engineering local operations, feeding the troops and caring for the wounded, for example.
The Museum of the Battle of Normandy is located on boulevard Fabian Ware in Bayeux, 25 kilometers west of Caen. It can be reached via route N13. Entry costs €7 per adult and €5 per child. It is free for children under 10 years of age. The museum is open from 10am to 12:30pm and from 2 to 6pm from February 16 to April 30 and from October 1 through December 31. Between May 1 and September 30, it is open from 9:30am to 6:30pm. It is closed between January 5 and February 15.