10 Reasons to Visit the Airborne Museum of Sainte-Mère-Eglise

10 Reasons to Visit the Airborne Museum of Sainte-Mère-Eglise

In the heart of Sainte-Mère-Église, in Normandy, in front of the bell tower on which the parachutist John Steele was hung, the Airborne Museum explores the events of the D-Day beach landings, from the inception of the operation to winning the battle for freedom.  

The museum was first opened in 1964 © Musée Airborne

1. The first Second World War museum to have been established in Normandy

The museum was inaugurated in 1964, and has 60 years of existence, offering invaluable expertise and a very rich collection. 

Located on real sites of parachute landings © Musée Airborne

2. Located on real historical sites…

The museum is based in La Haule Park, where American paratroopers landed on the night of June 5-6, and near where one of the temporary cemeteries was built to temporarily house the remains of fallen American soldiers. in the zone. 

Enjoy the natural landscape of Normandy ‘bocage’ © Musée Airborne

3. …and within a stunning natural park

 Visitors can appreciate the landscape reminiscent of the traditional Normandy bocage between two buildings, and admire the different installations present in the park. 

Discover the story of US parachutist troops in France © Musée Airborne

4. The only museum in Normandy to deal specifically with the role of American paratroopers in WWI…

The village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise was liberated by American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division. The museum makes a point of explaining their origin and involvement and pays homage to them. 

Check out the C-47 aircraft on display in the museum © Musée Airborne

5. …with an authentic C-47 glider and aircraft on display!

The role of the C-47 plane was both to drop the paratroopers, and to allow the take-off of the gliders, intended to supply the paratroopers on the ground. 

Stroll through the different buildings during your visit © Airborne Museum

6. Great value for your ticket

For an affordable price (€9.90 per adult), visitors have access to 4 different buildings, including a cinema, for a visit of approximately 1h30-2h. 

The museum is carefully maintained and renovated regularly © Airborne Museum

7. Newly renovated spaces

A new works project aims, for June 2024, for the construction of a 5th building, the renovation of the oldest museum building, and the total redevelopment of the park. 

Enjoy an immersive visit thanks to new technology and even flight simulators © Airborne Museum

8. Exciting new ways to visit the museum

Visitors are provided with a digital tablet when they enter the museum, which enhances their visit with anecdotes of all kinds, and can also appreciate the various multimedia supports (archive films, parachute jump simulators, flight simulator …) set up by the mediation team. 

What is the true story behind the dummy hanging from Sainte-Mère-Eglise’s church © Airborne Museum

9. Understand the story behind the famous parachutist dummy hanging from the steeple of the village church

Almost everyone knows this famous model, but few know its true story, and in what context it fits. Discover the story behind it! 

Exciting events and activities dot the museum’s calendar © Airborne Museum

10. A visitors’ experience that is constantly being renewed

The visit to the museum’s storage was launched in April 2023 and will be followed by other new features; events (conferences, film screenings, etc.) are organized every month; the June 6 commemorations are a major event every year; summer activities are organized in the park. 

For more information visit airborne-museum.org

Lead photo credit : Check out the C-47 aircraft on display in the museum © Musée Airborne

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  •  Anthony Fitz
    2023-05-05 07:41:27
    Anthony Fitz
    Can't wait to visit