D-DAY 80

80th anniversary of D-Day

Program from June 1 to 12, 2024

The 80th anniversary of D-Day is a historic anniversary. The whole of Normandy is mobilised to pay international tribute to those who reopened the gates of freedom in Europe. As it does every year, the Normandy Victory Museum is taking part in this tribute with a varied programme.

Certified by the Normandy Region

This major event, which has been approved by the Normandy Region, will be held from 1 to 12 June 2024 at the Normandy Victory Museum, both indoors and outdoors.

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Programme currently under development. (Updated 03/20/2024)

Saturday 1st June

All day long

HVCA (Histoire Vivante de Cavalerie Allemande/ Living History of German Cavalry) exhibition: Presentation of German carriages and artillery

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

Around 9.45 a.m.

The “La voie de la liberté” bike ride, bringing together several hundred cyclists, will stop off at the Normandy Victory Museum.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 8.30pm to 10pm

Show: “Mon Jour le plus long” (My longest day): columnist on Vivement dimanche and press cartoonist, Emmanuel Chaunu is well known to audiences in Normandy. In an interactive show that evolves with the audience, the caricaturist sketches his vision of the longest day.

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: €20 / booking required on +33 6 87 11 00 35
  • Performance in French

Sunday 2 June

All day long

HVCA (Histoire Vivante de Cavalerie Allemande/ Living History of German Cavalry) exhibition: Presentation of German carriages and artillery

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

During the day (3 demonstrations, times to be announced)

Horse-drawn convoy by the association (Histoire Vivante de Cavalerie Allemande): parade of German and civilian carriages.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

In the afternoon

Presentation and demonstrations of airborne troop equipment by the ETO Group re-enactment group.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

In the evening

40s/50s concert with the Madeeson band

  • Where: A10 Canteen Restaurant terrace
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

Monday 3rd June

All day long

HVCA (Histoire Vivante de Cavalerie Allemande/ Living History of German Cavalry) exhibition: Presentation of German carriages and artillery

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Book signing: Maxime Mainguet, journalist, signs his first novel, Heure H, set in the early days of the Normandy Landings.

  • Where: reception hall
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

Between 11.30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Exhibition of some sixty US military vehicles: The UNIVEM association (Union Nationale des collectionneurs de Véhicules Militaires) is organising a convoy that will stop off at the Normandy Victory Museum for a few hours.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

Between 2.30pm and 5pm

Sylvie Caillard will dedicate her brand new book: “La mode des années 40, s’habiller sans renoncer” (Fashion of the 40s, dressing without giving up).

  • Where: reception hall
  • Price and conditions: free / the book will be available in store

At 5 p.m.

1940s civilian fashion competition: If you would like to take part in this fashion show, please register with Séverine AVON on +33 6 26 17 29 28. Around fifteen people will be selected.

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: free of charge / free seating on a first-come, first-served basis

Tuesday 4 June

All day long

HVCA (Histoire Vivante de Cavalerie Allemande/ Living History of German Cavalry) exhibition: Presentation of German carriages and artillery

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

At 9.00 a.m.

Departure of the Harley 80th Liberator’s Run War Horse trip: Briefing followed by the departure of a convoy of around 150 vintage Harley motorbikes.

9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Departure of the “NOTEK” column: Display of several dozen German vehicles and departure of the convoy

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Raising (9.30am) and lowering (7pm) of the Belgian Army colours: The soldiers of the Special Operations Regiment (Belgian Special Forces) officially raise their national colours for the day.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Martin LONG will sign his book: Les voleuses des marais (The Marsh Thieves).

  • Where: reception hall
  • Price and conditions: free / the book will be available in our store (French or English version)

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Historian Benoit Lelandais will be on hand with a dozen re-enactors to present American uniforms and equipment.

  • Where: in the museum
  • Prices and conditions: admission with museum ticket
  • The presentation takes place in French. The speaker is bilingual French/English.

From 12pm to 3pm

Return, exhibition and departure of the Harley bikes. The 150 bikers return for lunch and display their bikes.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

Around 5 p.m.

Return of the NOTEK column: The NOTEK column returns and displays the vehicles until the museum closes.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

At 6.30pm

Screening of the documentary “Little Black Devils”: using archive footage, eyewitness accounts and reconstructions, the film tells the story of the men of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles (3rd Canadian Infantry Division) who landed on Juno beach on 6 June 1944.

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: €5 with reservation (on our website)
  • Presentation in French and bilingual presenters (French/English) – Duration: 52 min.

Wednesday 5 June

9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Raising (9.30am) and lowering (7pm) of the Belgian Army colours: The soldiers of the Special Operations Regiment (Belgian Special Forces) officially raise their national colours for the day.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10 am to 7 pm

Enigma, Morse & Cartography and radio workshops: presentation of rare equipment, demonstrations and explanations by enthusiasts (Edmond Kern, Patrick Grandjean, Sylvie and Eric Kersch).

  • Where: inside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: admission with museum ticket

From 11.00 am to 3.30 pm

Gathering of vintage tractors and trucks: Around ten Chevrolet vehicles will be on display.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

At least five American veterans will be present for several hours at the museum to share their stories and answer questions from the public (the exact number and names will be published shortly).

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: free of charge / free seating on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Testimonials and discussions in English with a bilingual presenter

From 4.30 pm to 6 pm

Lecture “The Germans in Normandy”: Historian Valentin SCHNEIDER, a specialist in the Second World War in Europe, presents the life of German soldiers in Normandy before and during the battle.

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: free of charge / free seating on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Conference in French

Thursday 6 June

All day long

Saumur tanks exhibition: you can get up close to the tanks and talk to members of the armoured museum

  • Where: designated area outside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: access with museum entrance ticket

Schedules to be determined

Dynamic tank demonstrations: the Musée des Blindés in Saumur (French Army) will be giving several demonstrations of working tanks.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Raising (9.30am) and lowering (7pm) of the Belgian Army colours: The soldiers of the Special Operations Regiment (Belgian Special Forces) officially raise their national colours for the day.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10 am to 7 pm

Enigma, Morse & Cartography and radio workshops: presentation of rare equipment, demonstrations and explanations by enthusiasts (Edmond Kern, Patrick Grandjean, Sylvie and Eric Kersch).

  • Where: inside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: admission with museum ticket

At 4:00 p.m.

Conference “The US Air Force in Normandy“: Conference on American aviation in Normandy, by Grégory PONS, historian and author of several works on the subject.

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: free of charge / free seating on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Conference in French

Friday 7 June

All day long

Saumur tanks exhibition: you can get up close to the tanks and talk to members of the armoured museum

  • Where: designated area outside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: access with museum entrance ticket

Schedules to be determined

Dynamic tank demonstrations: the Musée des Blindés in Saumur (French Army) will be giving several demonstrations of working tanks.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Raising (9.30am) and lowering (7pm) of the Belgian Army colours: The soldiers of the Special Operations Regiment (Belgian Special Forces) officially raise their national colours for the day.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10 am to 7 pm

Enigma, Morse & Cartography and radio workshops: presentation of rare equipment, demonstrations and explanations by enthusiasts (Edmond Kern, Patrick Grandjean, Sylvie and Eric Kersch).

  • Where: inside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: admission with museum ticket

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Book signing: Historian and author Benoit Rondeau will be signing several of his books before his lecture on the preparations for D-Day.

  • Where: reception hall
  • Price and conditions: Free (books available for purchase in the museum shop)

From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Conference “Preparing for D-Day”: Benoit Rondeau looks back at the long and meticulous preparations for D-Day by the Allies

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: Free / free seating on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Conference in French

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Conference “Influencers and the duty to remember”: Romain from Militarymachine.fr, Jordan from Passion militaria and Yan from Good Morning Army will look back on their journey as influencers on social networks. How can you share your passion for military history while preserving the duty of memory on the internet?

  • Where: Greenfield room
  • Price and conditions: Free / free seating on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Conference in French

In the evening

Concert Swing Melodies Orchestra

  • Where: A10 Canteen Restaurant terrace
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

Saturday 8 June

All day long

Saumur tanks exhibition: you can get up close to the tanks and talk to members of the armoured museum

  • Where: designated area outside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: access with museum entrance ticket

Schedules to be determined

Dynamic tank demonstrations: the Musée des Blindés in Saumur (French Army) will be giving several demonstrations of working tanks.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Raising (9.30am) and lowering (7pm) of the Belgian Army colours: The soldiers of the Special Operations Regiment (Belgian Special Forces) officially raise their national colours for the day.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Signing session: Scriptwriter Jean-Blaise DJIAN signs the various volumes of the must-have Normandie Juin 44 comic strip series.

  • Where: reception hall
  • Price and conditions: Free (books available for purchase in the museum shop)

From 10 am to 7 pm

Enigma, Morse & Cartography and radio workshops: presentation of rare equipment, demonstrations and explanations by enthusiasts (Edmond Kern, Patrick Grandjean, Sylvie and Eric Kersch).

  • Where: inside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: admission with museum ticket

Sunday 9 June

All day long

Saumur tanks exhibition: you can get up close to the tanks and talk to members of the armoured museum

  • Where: designated area outside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: access with museum entrance ticket

Schedules to be determined

Dynamic tank demonstrations: the Musée des Blindés in Saumur (French Army) will be giving several demonstrations of working tanks.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

9.30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Raising (9.30am) and lowering (7pm) of the Belgian Army colours: The soldiers of the Special Operations Regiment (Belgian Special Forces) officially raise their national colours for the day.

  • Where: Outside the museum
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10 am to 7 pm

Enigma, Morse & Cartography and radio workshops: presentation of rare equipment, demonstrations and explanations by enthusiasts (Edmond Kern, Patrick Grandjean, Sylvie and Eric Kersch).

  • Where: inside the museum
  • Prices and conditions: admission with museum ticket

From 4pm to 5pm

Concert by the Dutch group Band of Brothers – Music from WWII: covers of the main Anglo-Saxon songs of the 1940s

  • Where: A10 Canteen Restaurant terrace
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

In the afternoon

40s/50s concert with the Madeeson band

  • Where: A10 Canteen Restaurant terrace
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

In the evening

Swing Melodies Orchestra Concert

  • Where: A10 Canteen Restaurant terrace
  • Price and conditions: free/open to all

From 10 to 12 June 2024

Ongoing programming

A number of other events will be on offer to the public, details of which will be announced shortly.

As indicated in the preamble, these are the first elements of our program that we wanted to share with you, as we know that many of you are already preparing to come. In the coming weeks, we’ll be adding many more events, and we’ll be announcing them as soon as they’re confirmed. Sign up to be informed by e-mail of all updates.

Dodge tours at the Normandy Victory Museum

Tours in DODGE

For a few days, our guided tours in DODGE will be adapted to the event by offering a route created for the occasion: the D-DAY Special (if you are interested, book quickly, many slots are already full).

Dodge tours at the Normandy Victory Museum

Catering on site

Throughout this period, the A10 Canteen, a brasserie restaurant, is open next to the museum. Reservations strongly advised on +33 2 33 54 51 83.

See the restaurant website

The DDAY 80 ticket is valid for twelve days

The DDAY 80 ticket is a skip-the-line ticket valid from June 1 to June 12, 2024. Between these two dates, you can enter and leave the museum as many times as you like!

Of course, you can always buy our traditional one-day ticket.

Some memories of previous editions

Photo credits Gregory Oswald and NVM

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