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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
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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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A great museum set on the side of the Solent the guide was knowledgable and handled a very large group of teenagers well Briefing film was well presented and a D Day veteran... read more

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Elsecar, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great museum set on the side of the Solent the guide was knowledgable and handled a very large group of teenagers well Briefing film was well presented and a D Day veteran - sprightly in his nineties Gave a great heart rending account of his experience The tapestry is superbly executed and displayed and tells the story well Great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It has a film show plus many artefacts from D-Day and the lead up to it. It is a little like a tardis, bigger then you think on the inside !! Well worth a visit and they are saving to extend the museum further. Great stuff !!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At a time when there are so many anniversaries of major conflicts, battles and victories, this is a great place to experience some of the horrors our troops faced and learn more about the fabulous events of D Day when the south coast played such a huge part in the launch of an offensive that ultimately bought about the defeat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a very wet morning here. The tapestry was fascinating and the films, exhibits and other artefacts were much more interesting than I was expecting (it was other half who wanted to visit). Learned a lot - as it's recent (and well-documented) history you think you've a good idea what it was all about but this collection really gives you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great visit and made by myself - son in law and Son, First of all if visiting in the month of October there is a car park behind or on the road, We parked a long way from it in the first car park we saw,and got soaked walking to it, I wanted to visit this as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would not call myself a historian but I have some knowledge of d day but after visiting here my knowledge has been well and truly topped up. The tapestry is quite breath taking and the short film will leave you silent for quite a while after. Excellent value for money considering how much there is to view. Well worth... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tapestry here is a stunning piece of art. I went in out of curiosity but was surprised at how it affected me. A wonderful and touching tableau of war.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum was well planned and catered for all ages. I enjoyed reading the accounts of individuals, their letters etc - some very poignant stories. The Overlord Embroidery was incredible - so much work had gone into it. There's lots to see, and films to watch - we were there a couple of hours and would have stayed longer if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here as a family and found it most interesting and also for myself to be able tell my son and show him what his grandad was apart of was both emotional and educational for us all.

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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a U3A visit along with a visit to the Spinnaker Tower, also impressive.. Started with a short film of D-day scenes and comments, interesting and moving. The displays and collections were extensive and well presented - we could have spent longer there. Highlight was the D-Day Tapestry - a stunning work of art telling the tale of... More 

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