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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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Fareham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The display of the embroidery was amazing. Loved the artefacts from locals too that have been added to the museum. New monument to celebrate DDay70 was superb.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is a great museum telling the story of D-day. We had visited the D-day beaches just a day before visiting this museum so it was very moving to have seen the places and then read the stories. There is a very large embroidery done of the story - it is quite amazing. Took 5 years to complete and takes... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Has such potential which I expect will be reached when the museum is refurbed in 2016.main problem is the lighting which is appalling in some areas.. Goodness knows how veterens can read anything in the gloom.. i struggled .And i would think a bit risky with trip hazards etc in the dark passageways. The DDay embroidery is magnificent and clearly... More

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