I have been to numerous WWII and specifically D Day museums, a close relative was one of the Rangers that climbed the cliffs at Normandy and I have also visited all the sites in France.
I originally supported this museum effort through the early fund raising efforts and now finally I have had a chance to go the museum. Started out with breakfast at the Soda Shop, Coffee machine was broken, they were out of fountain coke, but biscuit and muffins were ok. Went into the museum the staff were all very friendly and helpful, went right into the train ride experience, pretty neat, then over to the other building for the 4D movie, Movie was a well done synopsis of the War, special effects were kind of need but kind of bordered on a bit disney-ish based on the content being presented, but overall well done for modern audiences and attention spans.
Then we moved over to the Final mission sub, very neat effect, but hard to figure out what was going on and your "job" has no impact on the outcome of the mission, many people were not even sure if their stations were working or not, not good for what it cost. The Boeing building that houses the Final mission experience has some really cool hanging planes with observation decks 3 stories up so you can walk through them and some vehicles on the ground to look at, and a small area with some medal of honor exhibits and interactive maps, but felt like there should have been more there.
Then we moved onto the D-day exhibits in the main museum, very well presented storyboards and exhibits, but no real new ground was covered. It might be bit selfish on my part based on my interests, but the Ranger section was one small storyboard and then audio interviews from 2 of the more prominent members of the battalion and that seemed to be it.
As a somewhat seasoned D-Day buff I was not impressed with this for the $100+ we paid for admission for the family, seems like most of the money went into the building and their impressive expansion plans. I have been to plenty of much smaller WWII museums and exhibits that were better than this.
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