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D-Day Museum

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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
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Description: Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to...
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.
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If you're in Southsea then take the time to visit the D Day museum. Really interesting for all age groups. Very informative and well laid out. Accessible for people in wheelchairs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

If you're in Southsea then take the time to visit the D Day museum. Really interesting for all age groups. Very informative and well laid out. Accessible for people in wheelchairs as everything is ground floor level.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Definitely worth a visit, the tapestry is amazing telling the story of the DDay landings. A short film is shown which was very informative, we then went into the museum which was very informative, with displays of memorabila The museum is looking for major funding, it would be a shame if they were unable to carry on the good work... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This Museum is one of the bog-standard, walk-around, look-but-don't-touch museums that, in this day and age, should really be a thing of the past. One starts by walking around 40-odd panels of embroidery each of which has a two or three line explanation of what is being illustrated. There is virtually no attempt to put these "snapshots" into a wider... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The short introductory film sets the scene. The main feature of the museum is clearly the modern day equivalent of the Bayeaux Tapestry, an impressive sewn collage depicting D-Day and running around the central part of the building. Although there are some language option headsets in the theatre for the film, there were no obvious language headset options for walking... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very good value for money, interesting exhibits that were accessible to all ages, disabled/ pushchair access was excellent, veteran on site to interact with visitors, shop was good value for money

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Went there with my Boyfriend was really good we loved everything about it! Absolutely lovely day out. We can't wait to return already!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It was in the process of getting lighting up-dated but it gave good information about the war and how people lived in Portsmouth during the hard times. The tapestry is amazing and well worth a visit - so much hard work going into it.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This was good for older children some parts abit scary for younger children interesting facts if you are interested in the war but my daughters 5 and 12 were equally scared as well as bored at times however my husband loved reading all the interesting fact .Cafe good reasonable prices

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Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is a very very interesting piece of history not to be missed. The tapestry is amazing. The artifacts and the way the museum is organized is easy to follow. Quite emotional parts at times but they are part of our history and we need to know what happened. Must see

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This small but perfectly formed museum is well worth a visit!! The Overlord Embroidery telling the story of the war and D Day landings is the most amazing piece of work and should not be missed. The introductory film lasts about 15 minutes and sets you up for the rest of the museum which is very interesting

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