Museum of the Battle of Normandy, Bayeux

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One of the best on the topic, Museum of the Battle of Normandy has a good balance of explanations of the infamous D-Day battle and interesting artifacts both small and large. Outside the museum are four armored vehicles: a Sherman tank, a Crocodile tank trailer, and Marder and M-10 Hellcat tank destroyers. Inside are a self-propelled 105 mm howitzer, a Quad-50 caliber anti-aircraft "meat chopper," a radio truck, a bulldozer, and several other large items. Plan your visit to Museum of the Battle of Normandy and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Bayeux online trip itinerary maker .
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  • Exceptional tour highlight of our 4 days in Bayeux! Guide Jon Fletcher was highly knowledgeable and compassionate about this important piece of history.  more »
  • If you like history you cannot beat this museum. I only had 2 hours and could have spent twice that much time here.  more »
  • After visiting Omaha, Utah mm, then take on this museum in order to get the end of the Allied campaign in Normandy.
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  • Interesting, well put together museum in English and French. Covers many fine details I have not seen covered elsewhere (detailed information on German commanders and military strategies/challenges, as well as the Allied information, coverage of medical practice and advances, discussion of the French Resistance and De Gaulle, etc). A thorough visit would take more than two hours, but a quick walk through would be about 45 minutes.
  • Great historic overview of the first two months after the D-Day landings. Lots of items on display. Also a lot of vehicles and artillery present, of which some are located outdoors. Cinematic of approx 30 mins. gives a good overview of the history that is described on the large amount of displays.  All text and cinematic available in both French and English. (Be sure to check when the English films are scheduled. They alternate.) Took me about 2 hours, reading quite a lot of the descriptions. Opposed to another review: No closing during lunch hours (visited mid September, maybe different more off-season). Can't compare it to other museums in the area but found it interesting and well worth the visit.
  • Excellent museum. Surprised by the amount of material on display. Slightly different angle to all of the many D-Day museums in Normandy as it deals with the whole Norman campaign. We went here first and I think its the best place to start your WWII tour.
  • Interesting and well laid out museum detailing both the landings and subsequent battles. Good artefacts and dioramas. Recommend in combination with the cemetery as part of a D-Day route.
  • Brilliant memorial to the Normandy invasion. Well thought out. But would be had to view if vistor numbers are high. Recommend

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