Utah Beach was the successful landing place of a number of American Divisions on 6th June 1944, and from here they pushed inland to the Carantan peninsula to meet up with US Airborne forces around St Mere Eglise. Between D Day and 1st November 1944 some 836,000 men and 220,000 vehicles came ashore here. The beach also marks the point of 'Liberty Way' which runs from Normandy to Bastogne in Belgium, and is marked by a memorial stone every kilometer - the 00 Kilometer stone being here (with another in St Mere Eglise).

The Utah Beach Museum was originally opened in the 1960s and then renovated for the 50th Anniversary of D Day in 1994. It tells the story of the American landings at Utah and also the Airborne operations around St Mere Eglise. The museum has many rare vehicles, weapons, photographs and veterans artifacts. There is a good 1/35th scale model of the landings, and a film show. There is also a book shop.



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Founded: 1960
Category: Museums in France


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Michal Thomas (2 years ago)
Incredible place to learn about the Normandy Invasion. There is much to see. There is a sweet spirit of reverence there.
Josh Howard (3 years ago)
You could spend hours upon hours inside here. The amount of information and material is truly staggering with a lot of it being incredibly interesting. Make sure you watch the film before the exhibits as it is surprisingly well-made (as I work in Hollywood, I’m particularly picky with films in tourist attractions) and gives a great overview of the history of Utah beach. The museum was a real treat. The room overlooking the beach is pretty cool. Also a large 1945 Bomber plane on display and painted to look like a wartime plane. There are a couple of abandoned bunkers in front of the museum as well, but more are around Omaha beach, visit the ones just east of the USA cemetery for better bunker remnants. Make sure you also visit the nearby village to read some interpretive signage around the village centre Relating to the Utah beach invasion and stories of paratroopers landing in the village. Super interesting!
Charles L (3 years ago)
Very straightforward exhibit, but very entertaining!!! A must do in the Normandy area besides all of the invasion stuff. This is also good for kids 7 years and up. You get an audio guide and it is a walkthrough of the tapestry depicting the Norman conquering of England with William the Conqueror.
Brandon Logronio (3 years ago)
Great experience, would definitely recommend watching the short film inside the museum before going around to have a better overall feel of the exhibits. The Sherman tank and the B26 bomber are just some of the highlights included in the museum, which boasts a wide range of authentic World War II era equipment from both the Allied and the German side. The beach itself was quite tranquil and, if I'm not mistaken, you can bring home some sand home with you via a small glass bottle you can buy in the gift shop. Definitely a must see for anyone interested in WWII.
Terry (3 years ago)
Nicely laid out museum. Well maintained displays and informative . Had the Americans not missed taking out the Maisey Battery in the beginning it would have made the landings here and Omaha a little bit easier. The Martin Marauder is a must see.
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