The exhibition "D-Day: Freedom from Above" took place from May 13 to December 31 2019, in the central space of the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum, with more than 350 devices on display and one million annual visitors.
This innovative “hands-on” HistoPad exhibition, the first of its kind, combines physical scenography and augmented reality to send visitors back to June 1944, in the heart of the gliders’s and paratroopers’s landings who liberated Sainte-Mère-Église on June 6, 1944. The exhibit is based on the interactive content developed for the Airborne Museum’s HistoPad in 2018: it illustrates the HistoPad's ability to foster broader “beyond the walls” international outreach of French museums through digital itinerant exhibitions.
The scenography of this 3,800 ft2 exhibit including 12 giant backlit photographs offers a tour of the key sites of the Normandy Airborne Landing, as they are today. Scanning a medallion in front of each panel, visitors discover 360° reconstructed scenes and compare contemporary landscapes with the views of the past offered by the tablet.
Visitors are able to immerse themselves into Sainte-Mère-Église under the Occupation, relive the ferocious fighting at the bridge of “La Fière”, the parachuting on June 6th or visit a temporary military hospital at La Colombière.