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In France? Check out these D-Day museums

A mannequin dressed as an American soldier aims a bazooka in a display at the Overlord Museum in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

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By MICHAEL ABRAMS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 4, 2015

After visiting the D-Day beaches, Pointe du Hoc, the monuments and the Normandy American Cemetery in France, a World War II history buff can still find a couple more museums in the area to visit.

Two of these, the Overlord Museum and the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, are near each other. The former is just up the road from the famous beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, and the latter is across the street from the entrance to the cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer.

The museums are similar, with weapons, uniforms, vehicles and equipment on display. Both show interesting historical movie footage. Where they differ is that the Omaha museum has a more personal feel. Photographs of G.I.s interacting with the locals, individual histories of war experiences and personal items are on display here. The Overlord museum has a large gift shop with souvenirs, books, maps and videos.

So whether you are a casual tourist or an enthusiast who wants to deepen your D-Day knowledge or just need to escape the Normandy wind and rain, both museums are worth a visit.

For more information, go to www.musee-memorial-omaha.com and www.overlordmuseum.com.

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