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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
023 9282 7261
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Ranked #11 of 45 attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Rochester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

There was a very interesting 15 minute film to start our visit but the highlight has to be the 83 metre long Overlord Embroidery, which depicts Operation Overlord from the early days of 1940 to 1944. A truly magnificent piece of work!

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Very interesting and fun. Pictures, information, displays and more. It helps me understand more about the war. I love going there and would recommend it to anyone.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

It is the reminder of the Nazi invasion across Europe and the sacrifices that everyone in all the affected countries made that made this trip valuable to me. We came to Portsmouth to travel to the Normandy beaches so the information in this small museum was a good primer. And we had seen a Churchill exhibit at Blenheim Palace that... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Small compact museum....mainly built and used to house the D Day Tapestry which is a copy of the Bayeux tapestry with a 2nd world war theme - very well done...a few vehicles both inside and outside but limited compared to other museums in France in Normandy...if you want to kill a hour or so it is fine....costs £13 for 2... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

The Operation Overlord embroidery is a stunning piece of work, telling the story of the build up to and events of D-Day in an almost identical way to the Bayeux tapestry.

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portsmouth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Great museum packed full of history, also hold exhibitions inside. So much to see and pleasant staff with lots of stories to tell, gives you a real insight into D-Day and how terrifying it must have been.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Enjoyed the museum very much. It was very informative and full of history. The was so much to see and the staff were very knowledgeable. Well worth a visit

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Very professional, with a good mixute of authentic exhibits, re-construction and media. Don't miss the veterans sitting in the entrance, as soon there will be no one of them to tell you the D-Day story first handed.

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Portsmouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I visited this place with my 10 year old daughter and 4 year old son mainly as a homework exercise for my oldest. I only paid for myself, approx. £6.50 as the children were free. The Overlord Embroidery was great and depicted all the key points leading up to and including the D Day landings. My daughter was trying to... More

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We started with a film show which set the scene nicely. The next stage is the D-Day tapestry which is quite something, Finally came the exhibits about D-Day, it's preparation and Portsmouth's role in the war and the build up. There were lots of school kids there and they appeared to be enjoying themselves. Pity the café was not open.

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