“D-Day: Freedom From Above” Exhibit
October 19, 2021 @ 10:00 am - March 13, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
The U.S. Army Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM), with generous support from the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation, will open on October 19, 2021 a new, interactive augmented reality experience titled “D-Day: Freedom from Above”.
The premiere of this exhibit, for only the second time in North America and the first time in the southeast, is made possible in association with HistOvery of Paris, France, and the Airborne Museum in Saint-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France.
“D-Day: Freedom from Above” visitors will experience the reality of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions invasion using “HistoPad”, a tablet with innovative software technology. HistoPad provides immersive, interactive augmented reality of the events surrounding D-Day by allowing visitors to manipulate a series of 3D virtual relics, view unpublished photos and extracts of exceptional archival films, interact with animated maps, and learn the incredible destinies of some of our nation’s heroes.
The roughly 1,500 square foot exhibit is designed around Allied unit insignia and historic D-Day artifacts from the ASOM collection. The exhibit will feature twelve physical panels that guide visitors through the experience focusing on the D-Day missions of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first French town to be liberated.
Admission to the ASOM is free, however there is a $5 rental fee for the HistoPad. Allow about 30 minutes to tour the entire D-Day exhibit.