Sherman tank at the Overlord Museum.

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Overlord Museum

D-Day Beaches

This excellent museum has an astonishing collection of restored WWII military equipment from both sides; the human dimension of the war is brought movingly to life with photos, audio clips, letters and personal stories and recollections. The museum is situated just up the hill from the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial. You could easily spend a few hours here, so plan your visit accordingly as you will need time for both the museum and the cemetery.

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