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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
023 9282 7261
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Ranked #10 of 51 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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We werent planning to visit this museum but as it was an awful rainy windy day we decided to go in and get out of the weather. Well so glad we did, was surprised it was only £6.50 to get in (cheap these days!). There is a lovely tapestry showing the d day landings, this takes ages to look at... More

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rogate petersfield
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Very interesting visit, the displays are well shown and interesting and all facilities are accessible to wheelchairs. Only disappointment was the cafe was closed, which seemed a bit early as people were still coming into the museum

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Stumbled on this by accident when we stopped at Southsea for food. It is well worth the visit for the wonderful tapestry alone. The museum highlights the memories and part played by the "ordinary" people of Portsmouth during the war, as well as the story of D-Day as told by people who were actually there or involved in some way.... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My family had but an hour to see this wonderful museum, and we started with the movie. It was a good intro. We then went towards the left of the museum. There is an amazing tapestry representation of D-Day there (as in Bayeux tapestry), but if you are limited to time, go to the right of the movie theatre. The... More

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Texas
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My husband wanted to visit this Museum so we scheduled a visit to Southsea during our trip to England. Having been to various World War II Museums in New Orleans, LA, USA, in Caen, France and in Normandy, France, I wasn't too enthusiastic. I did not expect to be "Wowed!". The Overlord Embroidery Tapestry is outstanding! First, the subject matter... More

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Found the D Day experience very moving. A lot of personal words and stories. Need to keep these alive.

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Vancouver
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

if you want to get an overview of Operation Overload, then this is a must see attraction. Tours are self-guided but there are staff to assist throughout and each was very helpful and more than willing to answer any questions

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The D-Day Museum was very interesting as we have studied WWII extensively. This is small compared to the one in Caen, France but still interesting. The outstanding part was the huge Overlord Embroidery - 41 feet longer than the Bayeaux tapestry. Each panel was wonderfully designed with outstanding stitchery telling the story of the build up and execution of D-Day... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This museum is new and very inspirational. The D-Day tapestry is spectacular. The movie is a good introduction to this important event. The artifacts and displays are well-done. We arrived in Portsmouth by train and took a taxi to the museum. If you travel this way, get the taxi driver's phone number so you can call when you leave as... More

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Austin, Texas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It's a small but high quality exhibit. The inclusion of dioramas was especially enjoyed. The location beside the sea is beautiful.

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