Musee du debarquement, Arromanches-les-Bains
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Located in front of the actual vestiges of the Mulberries, Musee du debarquement devotes its exhibits to the incredible feat of technology the British achieved in building the artificial harbor at this site. Watch the period newsreel in English and French. Impressive, dynamic scale models show how the floating docks rolled with the waves and tides. A 75-foot section of Mulberry floating bridge is on display outside. Military equipment is also on view, including an American half-track armored vehicle and a Higgins boat. Put Musee du debarquement into our Arromanches-les-Bains trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Disappointed because we could not visit this museum because of the stroller, it takes a baby carrier but our 5 month old daughter was asleep and we didn't want to wake her up. It's a shame that in 2016 public places are still not suited to accommodate families with stroller in the hope that people with disabilities can still visit.
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  • I was surprised how nice this museum is. Nice displays with very good explanations. Brochure was very good and helpful. 
  • Museum, rich in information and presentations of material of war etc. Our history, to show to our children in this museum so it is well designed. Very much visited by a population of all countries, so many people during the anniversary period (June) and summer.
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  • Very interesting history of the Normandy invasion. Miniature display of the roads built from out in the channel onto the beach. Didn't know about that.
  • We were very disappointed with our visit. It coincided with a guided talk to French visitors. We were not told about the talk at the reception desk. When it started we were offered (or fended off, we felt) with the opportunity to watch a film in English. We declined as our party consisted of a retired and a current museum curator who prefer to look at objects. We also had two boys under the age of eight in our party, the eldest very interested in D Day especially as we live in Gosport, a town with a significant link to D Day, and where some of the Mulberry harbours were built. We had already visited the D Day Museum in Bayeux where we were made to feel welcome and where we had free rein to explain the significance of D DAY to the boys. At Arromanche we were actually told to be quiet because the talk was in progress. As a retired curator I have on several occasions given talks around a museum and, on those occasions, I have always apologised to the other visitors for the intrusion and would never have told them to be quiet. The Museum at Arromanches is small and we had to wait a long time until the talk was over to see an important part of the displays. The Museum also needs a lot of attention and updating and, in the opinion of our party, is expensive at almost 8 Euros per adult. If the staff had been more welcoming and we hadn't been told to be quiet we might have had a better opinion of the visit. It's hard to be appreciative when you are angry.
  • Small, but provides an excellent overview of how the allies built a massive port for shipping goods in a matter of days. Equally impressive are the ruins of the port that have washed up and also some that are still sitting out in the bay.
  • A great museum with some superb models of the boats used in the landings.
  • Its one of the better museums in Normandy. Not the best, but worth a visit. You can learn a lot about the artificial harbours. The remains can still be seen today.