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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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Small but good setup. Worth a visit if you have an hour or 2 spare. Lovely fresh food in cafe, chicken and mayonnaise sandwich was tasty.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Small but good setup. Worth a visit if you have an hour or 2 spare. Lovely fresh food in cafe, chicken and mayonnaise sandwich was tasty.

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A lovely museum with a story to tell. Currently looking to expand to keep the D Day story alive for future generations.

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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Really interesting with good exhibits, most helpful staff perfect for a rainy days visit. One visit was enough.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I am sorry to say my visit to the D day museum was quite disappointing , to call this museum as dedicated to the D Day landings was very poor . Half the exhibits I could not see as the lighting was very poor , and what I could see had absolutely nothing to do with the actual landings .... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

we visited Portsmouth and went to the D Day museum. They have a tapestry which depicts the D Day Landings which was very good lots of interesting items about the landings. They have a small café for some light refreshments very good. good place to take the kids for an informative couple of hours. well worth a visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We took a trip to the museum with the kids, they loved the room with the landing craft etc. The tapestry was stunning too. I found the staff very helpful. We finished our trip with a visit to the cafe. We were warmly greeted by a man who made us and the kids feel very welcome, the offer of free... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Wanted to see details about the landings as my Father landed on the 6th June 1944 so looked for any details of the division he was in and found what I was looking for . Excellent

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Visited whilst on holiday. Parking convenient if you can get the ticket machine to work.the tapestry was very well constructed and interesting. Found the rest of the museum informative and yes the lighting could be improved but it was still worth a visit.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

What about the preparations for D-Day? Surely they are equally as important as the Normandy invasion itself? Without sufficient preparations, the outcome may have been entirely different. The railways played a crucial role in the preparations for D-Day but this museum gives the impression supplies just magically appeared at the coast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

very interesting museum especially the overlord embroidery absolutely wonderful very impressive ! main very well presented for all ages eg tanks children can climb on cafe excellent value too

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