The D-Day Landing Museum of Utah Beach was built in 1962 in a German bunker, and has extended to be the 3000 m² museum that we propose you to visit during 90/120 minutes.Built on the very beach where the first American troops landed on June 6, 1944, the Utah Beach Museum recounts the story of D-Day, from the preparation of the landing, to the final outcome and success. This comprehensive chronological journey immerses visitors in the history of the landing through a rich collection of objects, vehicles, an original B26 bomber aircraft, materials, and oral histories. A 12 minutes movie called "Victory in the Sand" will make you relive the epic experience of American soldiers.Thanks to your visit, you will contribute to the safeguard of the site and the preservation of the memory of the Allied soldiers’ extraordinary sacrifices.
The German defences WN5: 2 letters and a number identified the German stronghold of blockhouses watching the beach of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. The Museum is built around one of these. German objects evoke this strong military presence. The German occupation: Leaflets, testimony and objects reveal the terrible occupation years in the French department of La Manche. “Victory in the Sand”: relive the landing preparations and follow the sequence of events of this historic day hour-by-hour with this film. Allied Strategy: A major military operation, Overlord required meticulous preparation, led by commander “Ike” Eisenhower. Naval forces: To best protect the infantrymen, “Force U” attacked the enemy from the sea. Models show the different types of vessels involved. Air forces: The victory also played out in the air. An omnipresent airborne army served to crush enemy positions. A vast array of objects – including equipment worn by pilots – recount this episode. Land forces: Over 23,000 soldiers landed on French soil at Utah Beach on 6 June 1944. This space pays tribute to them. 6 June 1944: D-Day on Utah Beach. From the first bombings on 5 June to the landing of infantrymen on the morning of 6 June, relive the timeline of events through testimony and objects brought together in the centre of the panoramic room, offering a spectacular view of the beach where it all took place. The Link-Up: The parachutists dropped on 5 June and the infantrymen who landed on the morning of the 6th join up: the linkup is complete. Parachutist Lieutenant Winters recounts this episode. From Utah to Cherbourg: The push to Cherbourg, through the wooded countryside, was a bloody one: emergency medical centres were set up, as shown by the material on display here. The artificial port at Utah Beach: Pending the capture and restoration of the port of Cherbourg, an artificial port was built off the coast of Utah. Photos show the sheer size of the construction.