Normandy Victory Museum
Hedgerows hell Museum
The Normandy Victory Museum welcomes you in the heart of the Cotentin marshes, in Carentan in Normandy.
In twenty scenes, in the middle of an exhibition of more than 10 000 authentic collectibles, our museum invites you on a moving journey alongside those who have lived and who have made history. Whether soldiers or civilians, national heroes or everyday heroes, we pay tribute to them.
Focus on an event marking the history of the Second World War, the battle of the hedges or Hedgerows Hell.
Le musée est ouvert
Dear visitors, the entire museum team is delighted to announce the reopening of the museum since May 19, 2021. We welcome you every day from 9:30 am to 7 pm.
Friday June 4 and Saturday June 5 exceptional opening until 8 p.m.!
The hedgerows hell, a major fact of the Liberation
More than 20 realistic and sound-tracking scenes
Nearly 10 000 collectibles and vintage vehicles
Intense and original immersive experiences
Located on the A10 Airfield, a former American Airfield
Constantly renewed temporary exhibitions
Events organized or hosted by the museum
Commemorations of June 6: the 2021 program
This year in Normandy, there will be fewer people, less activities than the “June 6” which we are used to, but we are happy to offer you this program which will not be less quality. This year, it may be an opportunity for you to make the trip, to access less crowded places, to benefit from increased proximity with the various actors of the event: local witnesses, historians, specialists as well. May all these enthusiasts who work for the transmission of memory so that we never forget the sacrifices and the courage of those who were there in June 1944.
March 2021 – Interview with Benjamin Brillaud, creator of the YouTube channel Nota Bene
The Youtubeur was present at the museum this week for the shooting of an advertisement on a video game. We took the opportunity to make her talk about her personal vision of history around the battle of the hedges but also the role of women in the war and a few other subjects.
Benjamin Brillaud is a Touraineer videographer who has put his passion at the service of the public in order to popularize history. It has 1.6 million subscribers on its YouTube channel Nota Bene..
Currently at the museum
Women in war
The Battle of the Hedges is at the heart of the museum trail and constitutes the very identity of the structure. With a view to always enriching the place, the museum team as well as the collectors have decided to include new themes. Among these, the role of women during the Second World War occupies a special place at the end of the tour.
Portraits of veterans
In collaboration with Florent Plana, known for his numerous interviews with veterans, we invite you to find in the heart of the stages of the museum, photographs of veterans. They are positioned in the museum in a coherent way with regard to the fights in which they participated. Each portrait is accompanied by a presentation in text form.
These portraits will be visible in the museum from June to September 2021
INAUGURATION JUNE 4, 2021 at 5 PM (in the museum’s reception hall. Free entry)
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Practical information and offers
The museum shop
WW2 souvenirs and specialties
The Normandy Victory Museum has also it’s militaria shop, in which you can buy much more than DDay souvenirs. These are replicas of WW2 collectibles, re-enactment outfits, models and educational games for children. There is also a large selection of books about World War II. Popular writings but also specialized and technical titles. Books, videos, magazines are available to broaden your knowledge and understanding.All these military objects are for sale in our shop or on our website (being redesigned).
Beyond DDay, a historical blog
In Normandy, the Second World War did not stop on DDAY. In the months that followed, la Manche still experienced fierce battles: the Battle of the hedges (Hedgerow Hell), the offensive of la Haye du Puits, the battle of Saint-Lô, Operation Cobra, the breakthrough of Avranches. Why were so many cities razed to the ground? How did the allies regain control? And what was the daily life of locals during these weeks in wartime before the Liberation?
Our blog is regulary enriched with specialized and didactic articles written by our team of historiens and enthusists. We also give the floor to specialists of the Second World War but also to locals who paid a heavy price for the landing.
Muse of the greatest artists of her time, Lee Miller embodied the feminine ideal of the 1930s. During the war, she proved to be an outstanding reporter at the time of the liberation of the camps. Photographing the enemy seems liberating for this bruised woman whose life and work are still intimately linked.
Discovered under a barrel, still covered in dust, these three helmets are riddled with impact from the fighting. We can recognize a camouflaged German helmet from a Heer unit, an SS helmet with some remains of camouflage as well as a heavily damaged American light helmet.
An exceptional donation for the museum: the jacket of the French Post Office, of a resistance member of the Centurie-OCM Network
An additional piece of history enters the museum. René Duclos’ jacket will be on display in a few weeks with its history. So that we never forget the sacrifice of these men, for our Freedom.
What you think of the Normandy Victory Museum
Everything to please! Meticulously reconstructed scenes watered by the private collections of 4 enthusiasts who dedicated their lives to this period. Rare pieces, objects that can be touched, vehicles that can be boarded, this is a meaningful approach and what we are looking for to keep a teenager interested! One of the best WWII museums we've done!
Clairettebrunette - Tripadvisor - 11 août 2020
Interactive, fun and captivating museum
Great visit to this museum where it is possible to touch period objects (including weapons, Jeep Willis, ....). Both culturally interesting and touching through the testimonies of the inhabitants of the region, the possibility of taking a ride in a chariot but above all the honoring of women appealed to us. TO RECOMMEND!
805martinep - Tripadvisor - 5 juillet 2020
Great museum with the little extra you can touch objects and even get into a jeep. Very good restaurant and very nice chariot ride I recommend.
Aurélien Dufour ( Google juin 2020)
From a connoisseur
Although knowing the subject fairly well, I enjoyed the discussions the group had with the guide. I recommend !
Franck Dehaudt - Regiondo - 10 Aout 2020
Magnificent museum near Carentan. Back this year and still under the spell
Yannick Chambre - Google 27 aout 2020
One of the best museums of its type.
Excellent family visit, coming from Tours. Beautiful paintings of reconstructions of scenes from Norman life in 1940 until the liberation that really immersed us. An impressive collection which allows us to understand this period of our history and to perpetuate the memory. Do not miss!!
Nico37000 (Trip Advisor)
A museum that deals with a lesser-known part of history
A museum that deals with a lesser-known part of the history of the post-Normandy landings. I still learned a lot, although I had already visited many museums in the region. I also recommend the tank baptism, impressive.
Céline Da Silva - Regiondo - 18 aout 2020
Must Visit if in the Area..
A living museum in which it is possible to touch certain objects during the visit ... suddenly children are much more interested and the settings adapted to all audiences. Without being very long, the visit immerses you in the France of the years 39-45. A very warm welcome.
We will come back with pleasure
JeanChris2007 (Trip Advisor)
Must visit museum
Good evening both inside and outside, the visit to the museum was memorable, we have very beautiful things with perfect organization.
DPdeLaBarolliere - TripAdvisor - 29 aout 2020
Ali Pati recommends the Normandy Victory Museum.
super pleasant museum to visit, well documented very friendly staff and the must: the armored tour will be remembered for a long time and thank you to the friendly pilot!
Ali Pati (Facebook)
Quite a nice, self-guided museum.
it immerses you in the daily life of the GI's and the Wehrmacht. With a soundtrack worthy of the "Longest Day", you will be surprised by a burst of MG 42 or by the sound of the tracks of a Panzer. Exceptionally, we were able to attend a live and open-air demonstration of Panther, Panzer IV and Sherman tanks on loan from the Saumur tank museum from June 1 to 5, 2019 for the 75th anniversary of the landing.
Christophe Araignon - Local Guide Google
Great for organizing a school trip
Great time for schoolchildren to discover. The diversity of the proposals (museum visit + obstacle course + chariot course) thrilled the students. Staff available. Super welcome .. TO DO AGAIN
fute_467000 (Petit Futé)
A great museum
A great museum and a great team they saved us by tracking down our camper van stuck in the parking lot with their tank like what the old can be used for the modern ???? and the experience of the chariot ride offered on the site is really to do I recommend
Jacky Lemal (Regiondo juin 2020)
Nos visiteurs sont nos meilleurs ambassadeurs. Ils mettent l'accent sur ce qui leur a plu, les a touchés, les a intéressés et c'est toujours un régal pour nous de les lire et de leur répondre.
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