Visiting Info

MEMORIAL NOW OPEN

The National D-Day Memorial is open as part of a phased approach to welcoming guests back on site.

The Memorial has established a number of initiatives with visitor safety in mind.

Read the full plan here.

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets to the Memorial are sold upon arrival to the Memorial at the hospitality booth or purchase advance tickets online by clicking here.

There is a discount on tickets purchased online.

Memorial Hours

Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ticket sales end at 4:30 PM).

Closed Mondays December through February.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.   The Memorial closes at noon on New Year’s Eve.

Other periodic closings are possible due to systems maintenance and inclement weather.  The site will be cleared if thunder or lightning are nearby.

Please call 540-587-3619 to check our operational status before traveling.

Openings before or after normal operating hours by special arrangement for an additional fee.  Click Here for more information

Water Effects Operational Schedule

*The last day to view water effects for 2020 is Sunday, November 22. Water effects will resume in the spring.

During cold weather, the Memorial’s invasion tableau is drained for seasonal system maintenance.  If you wish to see the invasion pool with water, it is recommended you visit late March thru November.  Call 540-587-3619 to inquire about pool operation.

Memorial Store 

Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with the exception of Monday closings December through February.  Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  The Memorial store closes at noon on New Year’s Eve.

* Please allow one to two hours for your visit to the Memorial.

Foundation Office Hours

Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with occasional daily closings. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.  Other holiday closings may occur. When in doubt, call 540-586-3329 before visiting the Foundation Office.

The Foundation Office is located at 133 West Main Street in Bedford.  Please direct all mail to P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523.

Admission Fees

Adult – $12 at Memorial/$10 online

Veteran/Active Duty Military – $10 at Memorial/$8 online

Free admission for WWII veterans, no ticket required.

Student – $8 at Memorial/$6 online

Ages 6 – 18 or older with college ID

Under 6 – FREE

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Combo Ticket – $20

Includes admission and tour at both sites. $8 – $10 discount over regular price. Cannot be combined with group tour discount. Valid for one year from date of purchase. Sites may be visited on separate dates.

Beginning Thursday, July 2, 2020 Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest will be open for tours 7 days a week. Tours will be offered hourly from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with a 10 person limit per tour. Visitors are required to wear masks. Guests are encouraged to reserve a tour time at www.poplarforest.org or by calling 434-534-8120.

Operational Schedule Notice:

The National D-Day Memorial is open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM except for Monday closings December through February. Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thanksgiving Day. The Memorial closes at noon on New Year’s Eve. Other periodic closings are possible due to systems maintenance and inclement weather. Please call 540-587-3619 to check the operational status.

Guided Walking Tours

Guided walking tours may be unavailable due to volunteer availability and COVID-19 protocols.

Please call 540-587-3619 to check guided tour availability before your visit.

Walking tours are scheduled daily between 10 AM and 4 PM.  Guided walking tours are approximately one hour and leave from the Gift Store Quonset hut.

For our visitors requiring mobility assistance, wheelchairs are provided at no charge. Please request a wheelchair at the ticket counter. As part of our safety protocol, the wheelchairs are wiped clean after each use.

Patrons are not required to take the guided walking tour.  With paid admission, visitors can stroll the grounds with the provided site map. The site map includes information on the architecture and the historical narrative of the Memorial. Guests may also download the Memorial’s free app for Apple and Android, to access the interactive tour feature.

National D-Day Memorial Membership

For those who visit the Memorial site frequently, an annual membership pass is a great investment.  By joining, you can show your support for the Memorial’s mission of recognizing the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied forces who stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Purchase a Membership to the Overlord Society online now

Membership cards will be mailed.

• Sword Beach Membership – $35

Individual admission
10% discount at the Memorial Store
Overlord Report (Foundation newsletter)

• Gold Beach Membership – $50

Annual admission for two adult members and dependent children
10% discount at the Memorial Store
Overlord Report (Foundation newsletter)

• Juno Beach Membership – $100

Annual Admission for member, their spouse, and up to five people
10% discount at the Memorial Store
Overlord Report (Foundation newsletter)

• Utah Beach Membership – $250

Annual Admission for member, their spouse, and up to five people
10% discount at the Memorial Store
Overlord Report (Foundation newsletter)

• Omaha Beach Membership – $500

Annual Admission for member, their spouse, and up to five people
10% discount at the Memorial Store
Overlord Report (Foundation newsletter)

• Neptune Membership – $1,000

Annual Admission for member, their spouse, and up to five people
10% discount at the Memorial Store
Overlord Report (Foundation newsletter)

Memorial guests are encouraged to stop by the Bedford Area Welcome Center (located just below the Memorial) for information about dining, lodging, and other area attractions.

 

There you can view a short film about D-Day and a “Welcome to Destination Bedford” video in the theater. Additionally, there is a firefighter’s gallery, gift store, outdoor picnic area, LOVE sign photo op, electric car charging station, and RV hook-ups.

Click here for the official Bedford, VA tourism website and here to request information in advance of your trip.

Group Tours

 

RESERVED GROUP TOURS

Pre-arranged group tours are available.

School field trips can be booked by clicking here.

Group Admission (13 or more patrons, fees are per person)

$8.00 Adult *includes FREE walking tour

$5.00 Child *includes FREE walking tour

Group Admission (Less than 13 patrons, $100 flat rate fee)

NOTE: Reservations are required for private walking tours. We recommend a minimum two weeks notice. A deposit is required to confirm reservation.  For more information contact the tour coordinator to schedule a tour.

Telephone number 540-587-3619
Email address: dday@dday.org

FAQ

Is there any advantage to coming in a group?

Yes, besides the camaraderie of sharing together in your National D-Day Memorial experience, you may be eligible for a reduced admission fee.

What do I need to do if my group wants to reserve a tour at the National D-Day Memorial?

First, decide on both a date and a specific hour for your planned tour. Next, make sure your group will have at least 13 members on the date and time you have selected. Groups with 13 or more patrons receive a reduced admission fee, provided they have made a reservation at least two weeks in advance of their anticipated arrival. Finally, call 540-587-3619 to make your reservation.

What if I have fewer than 13 people in my group and still want a reserved tour?

There is a flat fee of $100.00 for any group numbering less than 13 patrons. If you have less than 13 people in your group and would like to have a reserved tour, please call 540-587-3619.

Do you have any mobility assistance available?

Should you need mobility assistance for members of your party who are disabled, we do have a limited number of wheelchairs available at no cost, or you may reserve one of our five-passenger shuttle carts for an additional $30.00 each. Reserved tours are limited to a maximum of 2 shuttle carts, based on availability. Since the availability of these carts may be limited, please plan your trip well in advance.

For groups that have scheduled a tour in advance:

Please arrive at the Bedford Area Welcome Center 20 minutes early to check-in and use the facilities.  Your group will then drive up to the Memorial Gift Store.  There, one designated person will be responsible for payment, and you will meet up with your tour guide.  Contact us as soon as possible if you see that your party will be arriving late. Groups arriving more than 15 minutes late without advance notification will forfeit their guide and any reserved shuttle carts. Please call this number to notify the Memorial of a late arrival – 540-587-5681.

Field Trips

Field trips include an interactive and curriculum standards-based program with artifacts in our authentic military tent and a guided tour of the Memorial.

Field trips are available at a discounted rate.  For more information on program offerings, pricing, and other details please visit our School Groups page.

Special Openings

On some occasions it is impossible for a group to schedule their visit during the Memorial’s normal operating hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

However, special arrangements can be made to have our site open before or after these hours for an additional fee.

Regular admission fees will be charged in addition to the fees below.

For special openings between the hours of:

8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Before 8:00 AM

After 8:00 PM

$200

$200

$300

$300

Map & Directions

GPS Address: 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA 24523

Directions To the National D-Day Memorial From:

Richmond: 360 west to 460 west; Follow signs to Lynchburg and Bedford. Take 2nd Bedford Exit. Take a right off of the exit onto Burks Hill Road.  Take the next left at the Bedford Area Welcome Center for ticket purchases. Total distance – approximately 143 miles.

Or: 64 west to 81 south; take exit 150 to Alternate 220; Follow signs to 460 (Lynchburg and Bedford) and take a left onto 460 east. Travel approximately 25 minutes and take the 122 exit. Take a left off of the exit and proceed through the stoplight.  Take an immediate left at the Bedford Area Welcome Center for ticket purchases.

Roanoke: 460 east to Route 122 north. Take the 122 exit. Take a left off of the exit and proceed through the stoplight.  Take an immediate left at the Bedford Area Welcome Center for ticket purchases. Total distance- approximately 27 miles.