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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
023 9282 7261
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Ranked #9 of 50 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums
Owner description: Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944.... more » Owner description: Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother opened the Museum in June 1984, on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day. The Museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. At 272 feet (83 metres) in length, this is the world’s longest embroidery of its kind, and the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry. It was commissioned by Lord Dulverton of Batsford (1915-92) as a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. Designed by artist Sandra Lawrence, the Embroidery took five years to complete. An accompanying multi-language audio commentary brings the events of the Embroidery to life. The Museum's unique and dramatic film show uses archive film to create a moving experience that captures the wartime atmosphere. Extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles and other historic artefacts complete your visit to the D-Day Museum. Full size dioramas include the map room at the Allied headquarters at Southwick House, and a Horsa glider that has landed in Normandy. A real LCVP landing craft is on display, as is a rare Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank.Please see our website for more details. « less
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Newport, South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had watched the video 'The Longest Day' before visiting this site. They both go together to give a graphic presentation to this historic and world changing event. Great value!!

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

70th anniversary of D Day and important to me as my Dad landed on the beach at Luc sur Mer on D Day. A lovely experience, they have a film theatre showing events of D Day and all about food rationing, growing your own veg etc. There is a very nice gift shop and also a café.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Decided to visit another of our " on the doorstep " attractions. Worth going to even if it's just to see "The Overlord Tapestry", extremely well done and tells the story or WW2 very well. We did feel that the rest of the museum could've done with more actual exhibits as well as the written side of things especially for... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you've been to other Second World War museums and know the story of Operation Overlord, then there really isn't much here that will be new. If, however, you're taking the kids to learn about it, this is excellent. The Overlord Tapestry is quite amazing and well worth seeing.

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

An much used phrase, "Lest we forget", but important, the second world war was an event that saw atrocities, the backlash of these goes on, and many are still seen today in modern wars, but this museum shows the build up to a key event, an event that led to the eventual ending of the war in Europe, the freeing... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The D-Day story from every angle. As you walk round this amazing facility, you can`t help but feel pride in what the Allies did for not only Britain, but the whole free world. From the little flag inside the museum, that was given to a greatfull tank crew, to the Iron beast that is a Churchill crocodile, sitting silent on... More

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Llanelli, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This museum doesn't get the publicity of the historic dockyards and I wasn't expecting much but this an excellent educational attraction and well worth a few hours to properly enjoy.

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Skövde
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

IF you have a feeling for WW2 and The beginning to The peace, you must go and see. Extremely good exhibition. Also you can sit down and reda in The aniversery boks. We spent 3 hours there. Good parkingplace.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A very emotional visit ...and meeting MARY VERRIER & FRANK ROSIER was a experience that was very inspiring also to hear first hand of their experiences made you feel very humble and grateful the Museum is a great visit and very interesting would highly recommend especially this very poignant year

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hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Visited on a special free day to remember WW1.the tapestry is worth a viewing and the small d day displays are all compelling. A nice cup of tea and cake in the cafe surrounded by model ships that afternoon.

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