The Airborne Museum is a museum located in Sainte-Mère-Eglise in La Manche. This tourist site is specialized on American paratroopers of the Second World War who intervened from the preparation of D-Day to the conquest of freedom by the Allies. The Airborne Museum is in front of the church tower on which John Steele, an American paratrooper from the Second World War, hung during the night of June 6, 1944.
Near Utah Beach, one of the landing beaches, the Airborne Museum is the largest museum in Europe dedicated to American parachutists. Thanks to the Airborne Museum, you can go back in time and find yourself in the midst of a real World War II aircraft such as the WACO glider and a C-47, which are major historical pieces of the 1939-1945 war and the landings.
The Airborne Museum not only tells the story of the paratroopers of the Second World War but will seek to immerse yourself in some major events in order to make you understand the sensations experienced by American paratroopers.
Immerse yourself in history with interactive tablets
In parallel with the museum’s classic tour, you will be given histopads, tablets with hyper-realistic graphics that will take you to the heart of the main events of the Second World War D-Day Landings.
Through a series of scientifically validated reconstructions, you can travel back in time to observe the intense places and battles of the Second World War landing. You will also have the opportunity to manipulate a selection of items such as equipment or virtual weapons in order to understand how they work.
Visit the Airborne Museum
You can visit the Airborne Museum by yourself or with a guide in a guided tour. Rates vary according to the number of people, it is important to specify that guided tours are by reservation and for groups only. The ticket office closes 1 hour before the museum closes.
The Airborne Museum is open every day from Monday to Sunday. It is closed in December and January excepted during school holidays. It should be noted that the museum also closes on 24, 25 and 31 December and also on 1 January. Schedules vary according to the time of year. All up-to-date information is available on our page dedicated to the museum’s schedules and prices.
Activities near the museum
From the Airborne Museum, you will find a whole range of very interesting tourist activities. If you are looking for more information about the Second World War, you will appreciate the landing beaches such as Utah Beach or Omaha Beach. You will also be close to several major resorts such as Mont Saint-Michel, Granville or Barfleur.
Sainte-Mère-Eglise gathers a whole set of businesses related to memory tourism. In the city, you can find material from the Second World War or read additional information panels from the Airborne Museum.