History of the museum

 

The Normandy Victory Museum is one of the must-see museums in Normandy on the theme of the Second World War. If he deserves a detour, it is because he tackles in detail the battle of the hedges (Hedgerows hell) which took place during the summer of 44 in fields of Normandy. An event that deserved a whole museum to be dedicated to it, it was so important, strategic and forever marked the memory of the locals and the soldiers involved in this fight. This is where the history of the museum begins.

The Hedgerow hell, a major event in the history of the Landing

It took fifty days after the landing for the Hedgerows hell to finally end and be recognized as a success. Fifty days of fierce fighting which cost soldiers of all camps and Norman civilians. This is what we wanted to tell and explain to our visitors in a chronological, lively and immersive journey. With two major objectives: to inform and pay tribute.

At the beginning of the Normandy Victory Museum

Three founding members driven by the same passion

The Normandy Victory Museum is the result of the meeting in 2016 of three history enthusiasts: Patrick Fissot, history professor. Christophe Beaussire, manager and Nicolas Bellée, chartered accountant. Three collectors driven by the same desire, to set forth the Hedgerows hell which marked their department so much, and pay tribute to those who courageously fought to deliver the Channel from the German yoke, military as civilians.

A personal historical collection serving the public

Patrick Fissot and Nicolas Bellée are already great collectors when they join forces for this great museum project. Their respective personal collections are impressive and between 2004 and 2014, they mounted some large temporary exhibitions which earned them recognition from the community and the public. Building on these successes, they began to develop a museum project in 2015.

In 2016, they were joined by Christophe Beaussire, and also a passionate collector of military vehicles. He owns a building in the municipality of Catz (Carentan-les-marais) which he rented from the owner of the Tank Museum and who unfortunately sees its closure announced. This freed space will be the ideal place to install the collections of the three men and to share them with the widest audience.

Normandy Victory Museum inaugurated in the presence of General Poppas

A moving inauguration in the presence of General Poppas

On May 19, 2017 after long months of effort, the museum opens to the public and it is on June 02, 2017 that the inauguration of the Normandy Victory Museum will take place in the presence of General Poppas, commander of the 101st American Airborne Division. A presence rich in symbolism as we know the importance of this airborne division which liberated the city of Carentan in June 44.

Five years later…

The museum seems to have conquered its public

The hard work of these three enthusiasts and their team has paid off and the figures show an audience conquered by the theme of the museum and the manner of presenting this important period of local history.

  • 2017: 10,000 visitors
  • 2018: nearly 20,000 visitors
  • 2019: nearly 35,000 visitors, including a growing share of school.
  • 2020/2021: despite the crisis, the number of visitors has been maintained thanks to French tourists and some Europeans and we thank them.

Encouraged by these figures and the very positive feedback from our visitors, the museum team continues to constantly improve its museum journey and to imagine new events for our public.

What was planned in 2020

  • A new thematic exhibition “Women in war
  • Security conferences and events (Enigna conference); alternative events in the context of the health crisis: Ciné Driv’in on June 6.

March 2020, a brutal end and a battle to be waged

This beginning of 2020 will have shown us how fragile man is and how big he can be in adversity. The Covid crisis is such an ordeal that our generation and that of our children have never known. It allowed us to touch on a tiny fraction of what our elders have been through and forbade us all to give up.

This year, the museum could not reopen as planned at the end of March 2020, but we continued to work: improving the museum scenes, fitting out the exteriors, enriching our collections, postponing conferences, organizing ceremonies virtual like “Bells of Freedom” ou “Our Ciné Drive from June 6 “.

We also redesigned the website and set up an online reservation system which allowed us to receive you as soon as we received authorization. The summer months have allowed us to receive many of you. Unfortunately the health situation forced us to close again. Although our teams are small, we continue to work: redesign of our E-commerce site (to find online all the products sold in stores), fittings and decoration of the entrance to the museum, finishes in the Greenfield room intended to receive cultural events and professional and private meetings.

2021, we were looking forward to you and you are back

For our part, the projects continued to flourish. The store has been redesigned. The Greenfield Hall has been completed and has already seen many events go by.

2022: the museum will celebrate its fifth anniversary!

The museum has evolved a lot since 2017 and the constantly increasing number of visitors and your enthusiastic opinions show us that we have been able to meet your expectations.

However, this is just the start and we plan to improve your visit even further. So in 2022:

  • Several scenes will be redesigned for an even more immersive stroll.
  • Our new audio guide, which is currently being tested, will be available free of charge and in several languages.
  • Signage will be improved
  • And many events are already planned
Entrance to the Normandy Victory Museum carentan
Normandy Victory Museum Team

Our team

A small team 100% passionate

 

  • Patrick FISSOT (Founding member)
  • Christophe BEAUSSIRE (Founding member)
  • Nicolas BELLEE (Founding member)
  • Godefroy BEAUSSIRE (Museum director)
  • Elsemiek Dekker (Reception and shop manager)
  • Frédéric RAULINE (Museum decorator)
  • Margaux LECLUSE (Community manager)
  • Cécile JEANNE (Digital project and communication manager)

Our visitors’ reviews

Superb visit!

Superb visit! Everything is done to interest young and old alike, do not hesitate under any circumstances. In addition the staff is super nice! Thank you! Ludivine - Google - August 24, 2021

Superb visit!

Museum rich in objects and anecdotes. Not to miss ! Nice discovery.
The scenography is rich in meaning and knowledge.
669marl - Tripadvisor - August 24, 2021

A real learning of local history.

Great museum, the testimonies of veterans of the Second World War are a real plus to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the battle of the hedges. A real learning of local history.
Céline - Google - August 23, 2021

THE BEST MUSEUM we have visited

THE BEST MUSEUM we have visited !!!! We are in total immersion in the battle of the edges. The scenes are super realistic, and the uniforms authentic. TO SEE ABSOLUTELY, AND MORE CHEAP !!!!! And the shop .... ooooh there is everything, from souvenirs to objects of reenactment!!! We don't know where to turn !!!!
Mickael - Google - August 18, 2021

A must see

Well done museum with superb scenes, very nice welcome and to go around in a Dodge in the bocage with a young enthusiast. Gerald - Tripadvisor - August 15, 21

From A to Z everything was perfect.

From A to Z everything was perfect. The guide / driver knows his subject and is very friendly. The booking was quick and efficient. We had a great day, the visit to the museum is good and the sets are very well done, we feel like we are there. I will happily recommend this activity to friends and family.
Jason Aloche - Regiondo - 08/15/2021

Everything is in the detail it's incredible

Superb museum. Everything is in the detail it's incredible you have to take the time to take a good look everywhere because there are real treasures. it is a pleasure to visit a museum like this one. The pieces are exhibited in their own juice but with heart and passion to stick as closely as possible to what this era could have been. Must do if you are passing by. oh yes the staff are very nice! I really recommend this museum because I had a great time.
A. Lefevre - Tripadvisor - August 11, 2021

Very nice museum

Very nice museum. A must see between Omaha and Utah. Worth the detour. Very nice home. Will come back a third time.
Joël Van Doren - Google - July 08, 2021

Very nice museum

Very nice museum. It looks small but it doesn't. A nice collection of objects, French / American / German .... An exhibition on the mobilization of women during this war is very well done. A very nice visit ...
Cassandre Chapotte-baldacci - Google - July 05, 2021

Very beautiful museum, we never tire of it

Very nice museum, we never tire of it, the scenes are very realistic, a lot of period objects. Really perfect, the kids especially liked the submachine gun shooting. The jeep where you can take a picture with helmets, it's very nice. Do not hesitate to go to an inexpensive and really top-notch family museum. Super nice welcome
Miss Lili - Google - June 2021

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 - August 18, 2020

Great for organizing a school trip

Great moment for schoolchildren to discover. The diversity of the proposals (museum visit + obstacle course + chariot course) thrilled the students. Staff available. Great welcome .. TO DO AGAIN
fute_467000 (Petit Futé)

This museum is a place apart, without windows and without frills ...

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 - june 2019