The Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) is dedicated to the memory of the troops of 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division who landed in Normandy, by parachute or glider, on the night of 5–6 June 1944 hours before the Allied landings in Normandy. Its collections have been donated by the townspeople and thanks to gifts from the veterans of 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.It was founded in 1962 and on 6 June that year its first stone was laid by General Gavin, who had liberated the town of Sainte-Mère-Église.

Its first building, built to look like a parachute from the air, was opened on 6 June 1964 (the twentieth anniversary of D-Day) and houses a WACO glider. Its second building opened in 1984, built to look like a billowing parachute and housing a Douglas C-47 Skytrain, one of the aircraft which towed gliders to Sainte-Mère-Église. Its third building is due to open in 2014 and will house (among other things) a reconnaissance kit.



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Founded: 1962
Category: Museums in France


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Lars O. (2 months ago)
Beautiful museum. One of the best WWII museum's I have visited. At the beginning you receive a interactive tablet where you can find extra information and helps you imagine how things looked during the war. Especially the part where you step into a plane to imagine the parachutedrop above Normandy is a breathtaking experience. When you visit Normandy you MUST visit this museum.
Mathias Steck (2 months ago)
One of the best - if not the best - D-Day museums. The presentation is stunning. The C47 experience is memorable. A great museum for both adults and kids with so many things to explore.
Cath White (4 months ago)
Excellent visit. Good use of tablets to navigate the museum and to provide additional information on the displays. Good interactive displays. All in French and English. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Olivia Wright (4 months ago)
This is the second time I've visited and I always enjoy this museum! The stories are harrowing. Was 9.50€ a person when we went today. The "briefing" video and the operation Neptune building are must sees!
Frederique Orgill (4 months ago)
Amazing museum! Brilliant for adults & children alike, my children loved the tablets issued at the front desk which are very interactive and make the visit really fun & interesting for the children. Everything in French and English, the tablets have multiple languages too. It was fascinating to see all this up close and listen to witness accounts gathered. Soldiers had names and faces and being able to discover their lives in those few days really brought home their heroism to stand up to fight knowing they would more than likely die.
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