The Second World War was one of the most significant events of the last century. This war lasted from 1939 to 1945 and was a very dense historical period that affected a large part of Europe but also other nations such as the United States of America and Japan.
The Airborne Museum is a museum dedicated to American paratroopers of the Second World War and to soldiers who arrived by glider from June 6, 1944. The Airborne Museum is located in Normandy near the landing beaches, in a city liberated by the Allies in the very early hours of D-Day: Sainte-Mère-Eglise. In this museum, you will discover the challenges related to the missions of American paratroopers for the successful landing at Utah Beach. The success of these missions was decisive for the success of the Normandy Landings but also for the Liberation of the whole Europe.
The Airborne Museum is particularly pleasant to visit. Thanks to its Histopad, an interactive tablet, you can attend events of the 1944 Landings, obtain additional information about the visit or learn more about the history of American parachutists, but also other trades that actively participated in the Liberation, such as nurses for example. The Histopad will allow you to live the jump of some paratroopers when they arrive at Sainte-Mère-Eglise when the Allied troops land. You will also have the opportunity to witness the arrival of American gliders on Normandy soil or to see the setting up of a temporary hospital a few hours after the start of the Battle of Normandy.
Through a very realistic museography, the Airborne Museum tries to make you understand the soldiers’ state of mind when they had to cross the marshes and hedges of Normandy. During your visit to this museum, you will understand the intensity of the battles that took place during the Liberation of Normandy by the Allied forces, you will even have the impression of reliving certain events and will feel what American soldiers experienced during the Second World War. You will also have the opportunity to get into a Douglas C-47 aircraft. Inside the plane, thanks to the noises of the engines, the shots, the soldiers’ cries and the vibrations of the cabin, you can imagine the feelings of the American soldiers a few minutes before making the big jump on Sainte-Mère-Eglise.
The ideal destination for group cultural visits
The Airborne Museum of Sainte-Mère-Eglise is an ideal destination for group visits to a museum of the Second World War. Indeed, this museum is particularly suitable for groups thanks to its different buildings that will allow you to divide your large groups into several parts so that everyone can visit under the best conditions, in a very fluid way.
Thanks to the tablet given at the beginning of the visit to all our visitors at no extra cost, the museum speaks your language! Whether you speak French, English, American, Italian, Dutch, German or Spanish, the histopad tablet will accompany you throughout your visit to the Airborne Museum.
As you will have understood, the Airborne Museum, thanks to its approach centred on American paratroopers, approaches the history of the Second World War from a very playful and interactive angle. This way, you can include your visit to the Airborne Museum in a more global tour while avoiding duplication, which is ideal when organizing a Normandy tour for a group.
The Airborne Museum is one of the unmissable visits to Normandy on the theme of the Second World War. After the Airborne Museum you can complete your discovery of the Normandy D-Day Landings by visiting, for example, the Caen Memorial, the Arromanches 360 Museum and Cinema, the Colleville sur mer American Cemetery, the Pointe du Hoc or the Utah Beach D-Day Landings Museum…
Location of the museum
The Airborne Museum is located near many interesting tourist attractions in Normandy. From the Airborne Museum, you will be a few dozen minutes from Mont Saint-Michel or Utah Beach and Omaha Beach.
You can also enjoy a whole range of landscapes and activities related to the English Channel such as the city of Granville, the village of Barfleur, the island of Tatihou, the Hague… You will have the opportunity to take many walks and sightseeing tours but also water sports such as surfing or even windsurfing.
Pêle-mêle, do not miss the discovery of the Cité de la mer, a stroll at the Nez de Jobourg, a tasting of the biscuits of Sainte-Mère-Eglise or the Maison du biscuit, the discovery of the Zoo de Champrepus or even walking to Mont Saint-Michel…
Near the Airborne Museum, you will find many holiday rentals available by night or by week. Between seaside campsites, hotels or cottages, you can easily organise your visit to the Airborne Museum in Basse-Normandie.