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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Aug 2018 5:31 p.m. PST

On a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (excellent), how would you rate this museum based on your experiences?

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Personal logo PrivateSnafu Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 6:07 p.m. PST

I sense a trip next spring or summer for Bill. Everyone get your plans together for mischievous behavior. wink

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2018 7:06 p.m. PST

Snafu get the General's private plane ready for a long R&R in ETO.

Midlander6523 Aug 2018 10:37 p.m. PST

I'd give it an 8. It's very good and a must visit for any WW2 history trip to Normandy, you can even see and walk around some of the concrete caissons on the beach – worth making sure you are thee at low tide. My only reason for marking it down is that its focus is quite narrow being mostly the story of the Mulberry harbour.

My other favourite visits were the big museum at Bayeux, the Utah beach museum, the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Eglise and the Merville Battery museum. I didn't actually go round the Pegasus Bridge museum but obviously you have to at least visit the area and see Cafe Gondree and the landing site, as well as Pont du Hoc and the American Cemetary at Omaha. Outside of WW2 sites, Caen castle and Cathedral are well worth a visit and, of course, the Bayeux Tapestry.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 12:31 a.m. PST

IMHO 6

advocate24 Aug 2018 12:48 a.m. PST

On it's own – an 8, from memory.

Being at any/all of the various D-Day sites is a 10 whatever. You'll find something you didn't know wherever you go.

John Armatys24 Aug 2018 12:58 a.m. PST

I was there last year, I'd give it 8, and the chance to sit down and watch the film was most welcome. My favourite was the museum at Pegasus Bridge (don't miss out on the outside area at the back like I did!).

Vigilant24 Aug 2018 1:52 a.m. PST

I'd give it a 7. It can get crowded and a little cramped. Though in fairness I was there 2 days before the 70th anniversary of the landings. Pegasus Bridge museum was better in my opinion. The area is littered with good museums and places to visit. The big Blackhorse and the Cupola, both proposed fixed sites for launching V2 rockets are well worth a trip if only get a sense of the scale of these structures. The coastal gun sites at Pointe du Hoc are also a must see. The damage done by naval bombardment is impressive.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 4:38 a.m. PST

7

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 6:49 a.m. PST

Never been there.

DeRuyter24 Aug 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

Normandy is on the bucket list.

Tommy2024 Aug 2018 9:40 a.m. PST

John Armatys:
My favourite was the museum at Pegasus Bridge (don't miss out on the outside area at the back like I did!).

Wait, what? You didn't go through the museum to the outside? As in, where the bridge is? You have to go back!

Cornelius Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 11:30 a.m. PST

7 (12 years ago)

BattlerBritain24 Aug 2018 2:01 p.m. PST

What Midlander65 said.

Bayeux is gorgeous. Seeing the Tapestry is amazing.

The Normandy museum at Bayeux is very good but you have to take the short walk across the road to the British Cemetery. Spend some time there. What pleased and impressed me was seeing ordinary French citizens visiting as well. Sort of made it feel right.

Pegasus Bridge is a must. The glider landing markers make you wonder how the hell they did it. And Cafe Gondree serves great food with a smile. Please visit.

The US Sector: Omaha cemetery is impressive. The cemetery of St James is equally impressive.

But just touring the fields and roads of the battlefields you read about: priceless.

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