The Airborne Museum and Arromanche’s D-Day Museum are now officially partners

Association Airborne Museum et Musée du Debarquement d'Arromanches

Du 29 décembre au 30 décembre 2022

Grâce à l’adhésion de l’Airborne Museum au GIP « Musée du Débarquement – Arromanches », ce sont deux des trois plus anciens musées sur la Seconde Guerre Mondiale qui s’unissent pour continuer à faire rayonner le tourisme de mémoire en Normandie.

With the Airborne Museum joining the GIP “Museum of the D-Day Landings – Arromanches”, two of the oldest World War II museums are partnering to keep on making the remembrance tourism shine in Normandy.

These two museums have a lot in common:

  • The museum of Arromanches was established in 1952 while the Airborne Museum was erected inaugurated in 1964, on the very sites of the events of the D-Day
  • They both have been created thanks to the inhabitants and the local elected representatives’ will with the support of the D-Day Landings Committee, then led by Mr. Triboulet
  • Mr. Carpentier is the architect who designed the original buildings of both museums

Beyond that, a few years ago, the two museums have also initiated a vast renovation and extension plan, in order to provide visitors with a qualitative and attractive experience for all generations. It is also the case of the third partner of the deal, the D-Day Landings Committee (member of the GIP), which owns the Pegasus Bridge Memorial, having also started discussions to renovate and extend its infrastructures.

With more than 650 000 visitors each year for the three of them combined, the three museums represent a very important part of Normandy’s remembrance tourism.

Their thematic and geographic synergy allow them to cover the entirety of the Operation Overlord, which is one of the main advantages of this partnership. Mutual communication and promotion actions are to be started as soon as 2023: joint flyer, representation during specific fairs, visitor referrals, etc. There will also be collaborations regarding the collections (loans for example) and mediation (temporary exhibits).

At the dawn of the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day, and in view of the inevitable disappearance of the last remaining direct witnesses of these events, our site museum are uniting to better apprehend the inexorable transition from a remembrance tourism to a History tourism. Considering this evolution, our museums are de facto becoming fundamental transmission places for younger generations.

This is the ambition carried by this partnership between the Airborne Museum and the GIP “Museum of the D-Day Landings”.

Association Airborne Museum et Musée du Debarquement d'Arromanches
From left to right: Jean Quétier, president of the D-Day landings Committee ; Marc Lefèvre, president of the Airborne Museum ; Marcel Bastide, mayor of Arromanches

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