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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  • My parents rented a House each school holidays end of the 50s! And in our band there was the son of the Director and guide of this museum. We always filled even if given our age it was more of a fun, we don't really measured gravity of the remarks. What enchantment found after more than a half a century "in its own juice"! A disappointed visitor, indicates that he would need serious updates... but NO instead, we are really in the mood for this testimony, outdated, but all the more "speaking" and endearing, built only 10 years after the end of the war. We stay close to humans without new technologies (there are a lot of other evidence very modern to visit in this area). Because of its location, through the wide windows facing the Sea you can still see the remains of the Normandy landings. It's a small miracle that this museum is still in the spirit of the times.
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  • I thought I knew a lot about the Normandy Invasion but frankly, I had no idea of the artificial Mulberry Harbor which was created by the British almost overnight to support the D Day invasion. The mus...  more »
  • Very interesting museum commemorating the D-Day landings! Well worth visiting if in the area! Must-see! Some very interesting WWII items from WWII on display. A video or two included in the museum. Yo...  more »
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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.