The Airborne museum, located in Sainte-mere-Eqlise, is dedicated to the memory of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions that landed in Normandy, on the night of 5th June hours before the Allied landings. The museum was first opened in 1962, with major share of collections and exhibits donated by the townspeople and veterans of 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. It currently has more than 4500 artefacts and memorabilia dating back to the WWII. This one of its kind museum in Europe features a life-sized scene depicting a stick of paratroopers of the 506th Parachute Infantry regiment of the US, enplaning at a British aerodrome in June 1944. Highlights and must sees include:
- The museum dedicated to the Landings on the night of 5th June 1944
- Special events and exhibitions at the site
- 25 minute emotional film based on the liberation of Sainte Mere Eglise by the American paratroopers
- Over 4500 artefacts
- EUR 5: Children
- EUR 6: Adult groups, per head
- Walk or hire a taxi
- Ask a local for the bus details
- Le Normandy
- La Pause Gourmande
- Chez Jeanne
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87.02% of people who visit Cherbourg include Airborne Museum in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
68.35% of people start their Airborne Museum visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Airborne Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Airborne Museum
Simply put, it's a place every American should visit at some point. This is one of the best museums dedicated to Airborne forces in World War II I've seen anywhere, and I've seen most of the Museum's dedicated to that subject, around the world. The "Airborne Experience" building is amazing, showing how it felt from the airplanes to the ground, through the campaign. The only way to get a better insight is with a time machine.
Absolutely amazing experience. The museum and personal tour (you get interactive pads and headsets) are very cool. Allows you to go at your own pace. Tons of artifacts (planes, weapons, vehicles, uniforms, etc).
Extremely interactive for everyone in the family. They give you virtual guides for free that are like a game and kids will be 100 percent entertained (I also really loved them and it got me and partner excited to interact because he's not too big on museums). You also move through different spread out exhibits that give you breaks to keep your attention span going for the next one. Very fun, well put together, and educational for all!
Excellent museum had a fascinating time with lots to see. Would have been 5 stars but the electronic guide pads were a distraction in some cases taking the kids attention from what there was
Recommended to us by some fellow campers where we were staying, if you only visit one D-Day museum, visit this one, they said. I can see why. Small, but they pack a lot in to the visit. Interactive tablets give you lots of background information and are very intuitive to use. The C47 was actually used to drop troops on D-Day, and the museum guides you through the before, during and after story of the airborne troops and Ste Mere Eglise. I would strongly recommend that you visit if you're in the area. If you only visit one D-Day museum, visit this one.