Military Museums and Collections
Wings of Liberation Museum
The Wings of Liberation Museum tells the compelling story of the liberation of the southern Netherlands at the end of World War II. The museum is situated in the area where, on 17 September 1944, airborne operations as part of Operation Market Garden marked the beginning of the liberation of the southern Netherlands. The timeline comprises the entire period from the occupation in 1940 and the repression years 1940-1944, through to the liberation in the final months of 1944. The museum has an extensive collection including dioramas, photos, aircraft, and weaponry that was actually used in Operation Market Garden.
0031 499 329722 Judith Vlassak Website
Memorial Museum Of The Battle Of Normandy
The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy uses 2,300m² of exhibition space to present the military operations which took place in the Battle of Normandy during the summer of 1944. Opened in 1981, the museum is situated in the heart of one of the strategic sites of the Battle of Normandy – Bayeux, the first town in mainland France to be liberated on 7 June 1944. The museum is located close to the memorial garden for war correspondents and the British cemetery.
0231 512550 Memorial Museum Of The Battle Of Normandy Website
The Channel Island Military Museum
The Channel Islands Military Museum is housed in a former 10.5cm gun bunker which once formed part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defences along the coastline of St Ouen’s Bay, Jersey. The collection contains a lifetime’s work of collecting German Occupation items and related militaria. The collection allows visitors the opportunity artefacts both military and civilian that help tell the story of the five long years of German occupation.
07797 732072 Damian Horn Website
D-Day Museum Utah Beach
Situated on Utah Beach, this museum tells the story of the American Utah Beach landings that were so vital to D Day and the link up with the US airborne troops through a chronological tour, immerse yourself in the history of the D-Day landings and discover a collection rich in objects, vehicles, equipment and testimonies. See an authentic B26 bomber, an exceptional aircraft of which there are only a few left in the world, and relive the epic of the American soldiers through the film Victory Beach.
02 33 71 53 35 Musee Du Debarquement Utah Beach Website
Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger
Fly a Spitfire from Biggin Hill and re-live the emotion of RAF pilots as they carried out their missions in WWII. Take the controls of our veteran two-seater Spitfires, hear the sound of the Rolls-Royce Merlin and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. Fly over locations including The Weald of Kent, Leeds Castle, Beachy Head and White Cliffs of Dover. We are a working hangar, all visits and tours must be booked in advance.
01959 576767 Darren Day Website
WWII American Experience
Gettysburg now has the perfect bookend to its Civil War Battlefield and Visitors’ Center—the World War II American Experience. This new World War II museum has it all—ride real Sherman tanks, learn the stories of real people who served, and touch and feel real history.
001 717 253 3414 WWII American Experience Website
Le Grand Bunker Musée Du Mur De L'atlantique
The Grand Bunker at Ouistreham is a truly unique museum - set on 5 floors of this important bunker that saw history made on D Day. Completely restored, it features engine rooms, filter rooms flanking casemates, chamber, infirmary, armory, radio transmission room and observation post. Plus a room dedicated to the 2 million slave labourers who were forced to work on Hitler's Atlantic Wall.
02 31 972869 The Grand Bunker Museum Website
D-Day Omaha Museum
The D-Day Omaha museum is dedicated to the memory of the soldiers who fell at Omaha. Thousands of original pieces displayed in more than 3,000 m2 in an authentic wartime American building. Located between the American cemetery and Point du Hoc, this museum presents a unique collection, gathered for nearly fifty years by a passionate father, now gone, leaving to his two sons the duty to perpetuate this work of memory.
0033 231 217180 D-Day Omaha Museum Website
Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach
Located close to the famous "Omaha Beach", on the D514 facing the roundabout that provides access to the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer. Overlord Museum chronicles the period of the Allied landing until the liberation of Paris. Personal items from individual soldiers and armoured fighting vehicles from the six armies in Normandy are in a series of dioramas showing over 35 vehicles, tanks and guns.
0033 (0)231 220055 Overlord Museum - Omaha Beach Website
Arromanches Musée Du Débarquement
One of the busiest of all the D-Day museums, The Landing Museum retraces the extraordinary history of the artificial port designed to supply the Allied troops in Normandy. This is the first museum built to commemorate June 6, 1944 and the Battle of Normandy on the very spot where the artificial port was located, the remains of which can still be seen a few hundred meters from the shore.
02 31 22 34 31 Arromanches Musée Du Débarquement Website
D-Day Wings Museum
At D-Day Wings Museum, you will be able to discover the D-Day planes, the missions and the airmen who contributed to this mastery of the skies of June 1944. But you will also discover that this French air base, occupied in 1940, played an important role in the Battle of Britain as a German base, Caen-Carpiquet. Operation Windsor, which saw the Canadians and the 12th clash. SS Panzer division, entrenched on the ground of the aerodrome, with nearly 700 casualties.
0672 426052 D-Day Wings Museum Website
Armourgeddon Military Museum
At Armourgeddon Military Museum, you will find a wide variety of military exhibits including; tanks & artillery, rifles, interactive displays, WWII scenes, a large number of military vehicles to view and one that you can even climb inside, as well as a Normandy Café serving light refreshments.
01858 880239 Armourgeddon Military Museum Web Site
Castletown D-Day Centre
Castletown D-Day Centre is an authentic recreation of the busy wartime dockyard on the Isle of Portland, from which in 1944, thousands of American troops of the 5th US Corps and the US 1st infantry, embarked, bound for the heavily defended beaches of Nazi occupied France. Castletown D-Day Centre offers a unique chance to remember the important role played by the port of Portland during the Allied invasion of northern France and the great bravery of the thousands of American, British and allied troops that departed that day, so many of whom would lose their lives protecting our freedom.
01305 443444 Chris Webb Website
Cobbaton Combat Collection
Eden Camp Modern History Museum
Step back in time to an original prisoner of war camp and experience the sights, sounds and smells of WW2 and beyond! Eden Camp Modern History Museum is a vast site full of history; we bring to life the tales of the past through first-hand memories and living history re-enactments. Get involved as a volunteer with Eden Camp Heritage Restorations, preserving our heritage from WW2 to modern day.
Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
01653 697777 Eden Camp Website
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
At Hack Green you will be transported into the chilling world of the Cold War. Re-built in the 1980’s at a cost of over £32 million, it was transformed into the blast-proof headquarters you can explore today. Previously classified, you can see the government’s preparations for nuclear war and step into the lives of those who worked here. See the Minister of State’s office, life support, communication centre, decontamination facilities, telephone exchange and much more. Hack Green is the home to the largest public display of nuclear weapons in Europe.
07702 314814 Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker Website
Imperial War Museum London
IWM London tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war from WW1 to conflicts today. Find out more about fighting on the front line and life at home 100 years ago in our First World War Galleries. Explore key moments of the Second World War in Turning Points 1934–1945 and discover some of the more unexpected objects from our collections in Curiosities of War. Visit our award-winning exhibition on The Holocaust and explore stories of bravery in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery.
0207 416 5000 Imperial War Museum Website
IWM Duxford played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history - serving as a base for many of the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots during the Second World War. Inside every hangar and exhibition - and outside them too - there are hundreds of military aircraft, vehicles, boats and more. Walk around them, inside them, above and below them and get the chance to see aircraft take off from our historic runway.
0207 0913067 IWM Duxford Website
Kent Battle of Britain Museum
On the historic former RAF Hawkinge near Folkestone, the museum holds the most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country. Aircraft, vehicles, weapons. Flying equipment, prints and relics from over 700 British and German crashed aircraft. Beverages and snacks, shop, free parking.
01303 893140 Kent Battle of Britain Museum Website
Muckleburgh Military Collection
The Muckleburgh Military Collection is the UK's largest privately owned working military collection with 25 tanks all in working order. At Weybourne Camp in Norfolk, we display tanks, armoured cars, bombs, artillery and missiles used by the allied armies during World War II.
It incorporates the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry Museum of uniforms, weapons, photographs and documents, RAF Reconnaissance and Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft.
01263 588210 Muckleburgh Military Collection Website
Norfolk Tank Museum
The Norfolk Tank Museum is an independent museum housing a collection of military vehicles, weapons and militaria including Deborah II, the replica Mk IV Tank as seen on Channel 4's documentary - Guy Martin's WWI Tank. We are a hands on museum, were you can climb inside and experience the confirmed space and atmosphere of the crew turret.
01508 532650 Norfolk Tank Museum Website
The D-Day Story
How do you get an army across the English Channel and into France when your enemy is well armed, well trained and expecting you? Find out how at the D-Day Story, Portsmouth Told through the personal accounts of people who were there and brought to life through stunning audio-visual presentations alongside iconic objects from the museum’s collection; this is the story of D-Day.
023 9288 2555 The D-Day Story Website
The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum holds the finest and most historically significant collection of fighting armour in the world. Unrivalled in scope and depth, we care for 300 vehicles from 26 nations. These range from `Little Willie`, the world’s first tank, through to the British Army’s current Main Battle Tank, Challenger 2.
01929 405096 The Tank Museum Website
The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum
The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum is the largest museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere. We are dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration and display of Armoured Vehicles and Artillery from the 1800's to the present day. Our collection includes armoured vehicles and artillery from both world wars with a particular focus on WWII. Some other attractions we offer are APC rides, a shooting gallery and retail shop.
00617 4038 1665 The Australian Armour and Artillery Museum Website
Bastogne Barracks Museum
On December 16, 1944 the Germans launched their last major offensive in the West. On December 19, 1944 Brigade General Anthony McAuliffe, commander of the 101st Airborne Division arrives in Bastogne with his division and he establishes his headquarters at the Heintz Barracks. On December 22, 1944 he writes history: he anwers "Nuts" to the German troops encircling Bastogne and demanding surrender. You can discover one of the continent’s largest military vehicle collections, as well as Second World War equipment.
0478 78 24 98 Bastogne Barracks Museum Website
In Flanders Fields Museum
The In Flanders Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. It occupies the second floor of the Cloth Hall on the market square in the city centre. The building was largely destroyed by artillery during the war, but was afterwards reconstructed. https://www.inflandersfields.be/en
0032 57 23 92 20 In Flanders Fields Museum Website
Panzer Museum East
Panzermuseum East at Slagelse is Scandinavia’s largest private collection/museum of military vehicles from the eastern side of the cold war period. You will find tanks, artillery, helicopters, trucks, jeeps, uniforms, technical equipment such as engines, radio communications, as well as motorcycles. The museum's focus is on showing what would have been seen in the air and the streets of Denmark if the Warsaw Pact (Soviet Union) had attacked Western Europe during the Cold War period from 1955 until the total collapse of the Soviet Union.
0045 202 59048 Panzermuseum East Website
Since June 2019, D-Day Experience offers the possibility to enter a new dimension: discover our 3D movie theater and relive the events of June 6, 1944 through a 36-minute long documentary dedicated to the invasion, which focuses on the decisive battle for Carentan in its second part.
0033 (0) 233 23 6195 D-Day Experience Website
Le Musée des Blindés de Saumur
In the delightful Loire Valley, the Saumur Armoured Museum retraces their birth, their history and their technical evolution throughout the world from 1917 to the present day. The collection of 800 tanks and vehicles of the now includes almost 200 in full working condition.
0241 83 69 95 Le Musée des Blindés de Saumur Website
Liberation Berjou 39/45
This unique museum tells the story of the liberation of Berjou in August 1944. Uniquely, only artefacts found in and around Berjou in attics, barns and in the ground are on display, lent and donated by local people. Only open on Sunday afternoons 2-6 and admission is free.
0671 82 24 96 Romain Bon Website
Maisy Battery was one of the largest German defensive positions in the American landing area on D-day. It had the role of defending the coast behind the western end of Omaha Sector and at the southern edge of Utah Sector. Today, it is open to the public after being buried for over 60 years and you can walk through over 2 miles of original German trenches. You can go into bunker after bunker as you walk around this astonishing site.
0044 7411 932197 Maisy Battery Website
Mémorial Pégasus Museum
The Mémorial Pégasus is dedicated to 6th British Airborne Division which landed on the eastern flank of the D-Day Beaches on 6th June 1944. Thousands of artefacts are presented, many donated to the museum by Veterans and their families. On display in the park of the museum, along with a full size copy of a Horsa Glider, is the original Pegasus Bridge, liberated by the airborne forces on D-Day.
0033 (0)231 78 19 44 Mémorial Pégasus Website
MM Park Museum France
With its 7,000 m2, one of the largest museums in Europe dedicated to the Second World War. On the ground floor are two large exhibition halls with, in particular, vehicles, the leisure park and a restaurant. Upstairs are the weapons, uniforms and the room housing the Sussex 1944 collection. Near Strasbourg.
0388 59 25 43 MM Park Museum Website
Musee 44 La Percee Du Bocage
Normandy's best kept secret. This wonderful and unique museum at Saint Martin Des Besaces tells the story of Operation Bluecoat and in particular the bloody fighting around the village which led to the British 11th Armoured breakthrough across the "Bridge of Bulls".
0033(0)2 31 67 52 78 Musee 44 La Percee Du Bocage Website
Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster
The German Tank Museum (Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster) explains the history and development of tanks from the First World War to the present. The museum has around 150 tanks and similar armored vehicles on display with the highlight for many the 40 Second World War tanks. Most of the major items are described in both German and English with a free multimedia guide adding considerable detail and background information.
0049 (0) 51 92 25 52 Deutsches Panzermuseum Munster Website
The museum at the Berlin-Gatow airfield (formerly the Air Force Museum) is a branch of the Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr in Dresden. While a general cultural history of violence is told there, the Berlin museum focuses on aerial warfare as the most recent form of military violence. The history of technology is understood as part of cultural history and the focus is on people in their various roles.
0049 (0) 30 3687 2601 Luftwaffe Museum Website
Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr
The Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr in Dresden is one of the most important history museums in Europe. The focus of the exhibitions is on people and the question of the causes and consequences of war and violence. It sees itself as a forum for the discourse on the role of war and the military in the past, present and future.
49 (0) 351 823 2803 Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr Website
Technik Museum Sinsheim
A museum which has made it its goal to demonstrate technological history in its entirety, cannot possibly evade the obligation to award its due place to military technology, too. Along these lines, the department of military history at the Technik Museum Sinsheim is focusing its attention on the motorization of armed forces in the Second World War, with the main emphasis on tanks, aircraft, trucks, tractors and other utility vehicles.
0049 (0)7261 9299 0 Technik Museum Sinsheim Website
The Royal Tank Museum Jordan
The Royal Tank Museum is a national museum with international standards, located in Amman, is considered the first specialized tank museum in the region, displaying more than 140 tanks within a 20,000 sqm. The museum offers a great family experience for Jordanians and visitors of Jordan
00962 206 204381881 The Royal Tank Museum Website
Nationaal Militair Museum
With over 300,000 artefacts, the National Military Museum is home to the largest military collection in The Netherlands. From flint arrow heads to modern-day jets… an impressive and multifaceted collection. The NMM is part of Stichting Koninklijke Defensiemusea (Royal Defense Museums Foundation). This includes the Marine Museum in Den Helder, Military Police Museum in Buren and Marine Museum in Rotterdam.
085 003 6000 Nationaal Militair Museum Website
Oorlogs Museum Overloon
The National War and Resistance Museum of the Netherlands. The museum is located on the site of the Battle of Overloon, a World War II tank and infantry battle between Allied and German forces that occurred in September and October 1944, in the aftermath of Operation Market Garden. Set in 14 hectares of woodland, it is one of two museums in an area now designated as Liberty Park. A feature of the museum is the large number of military vehicles and equipment on display, both German and Allied.
0031 610 953009 Oorlogs Museum Overloon Website
The Victory Museum uses exciting dioramas to depict various facets of the Second World War, including: The Liberation of the Northern Netherlands by the Canadians and Poles. An airfield of the RAF (Royal Air Force)Engineers of the TAF (Tactical Air Force), a support branch for operations of the RAF. German troops in the Netherlands. Red Ball Express, the Allied supply route between Normandy and the moving front. Logistical support by the US Navy. Canadian field radio operations. Africa, the fight in the Sahara. Come and have a look and let yourself be taken back to the period 1940-1945.
0033 (0)6 513 707 17 Heiko Ates Website
Panzer farm is Poland’s largest military collection in a private museum of Military Technology, just 30 km from Warsaw. On 15 hectares of land at Crcynno near Nasielsk, where until recently, the unit of the Missile Defense Forces of the Warsaw Pact was stationed here. We have created a special centre for all who are interested in militaria. Tank riding events are available to our visitors.
0048 665 194 466 Panzer Farm Website
Park of Military History Pivka
The main collection of the Park of Military History is a national collection that comprises tanks and cannons from the 2nd World War, from the period of the Cold War and from the Slovenian liberation war in 1991 as well as the vehicles from the Slovenian Army. The Park has also an aircraft collection; it consists of two fighter aircraft, the American turbojet fighter-bomber F-84 Thunderjet and the Romanian IAR-93 Vultur/Eagle.
00386 (0)31 775 002 Park of Military History Pivka Website
Arsenalen The Swedish Tank Museum
The Swedish Tank Museum – Showing the military vehicle development, as well as the military history of Sweden, from the early 20th century until today. The museum also includes a very special exhibition of tin figures, as well as a soldier’s croft dating back to the 17th century, where an accompanying exhibition tells you about a bygone era.
0046 (0)152 12144 The Swedish Tank Museum Website
American Armored Foundation Tank Museum
With over 120 tank, armour and cavalry exhibits, the AAF Tank Museum's mission is to collect, restore, display and preserve as many Tank and Cavalry artifacts as is possible. To preserve the memories of the men and women so that present and future generations will have available to them a significant part of military history to learn from and explore.
001 434 836 5323 AAF Tank Museum Website
Americans In Wartime Experience
When America goes to war, the American people go to war—from the armed forces to civil servants to the families at home. The Americans in Wartime Museum will bring history to life through the stories of American men and women who have answered the nation’s call to serve, from World War I to the present.
001 703 662 5774 Americans In Wartime Experience Website