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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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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... read more

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

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 NEW

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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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Took my parents here for a Sunday afternoon trip. The tapestry is amazing along with the history as to how it was made. My parents said it brought back both happy and sad memories and they really enjoyed their visit

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Maulden, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Small but perfectly formed museum, delivered the information in an engaging way, with lots to see and touch! Some very personal accounts of D-day - very moving. They even have people who were there telling their stories, keeping the history alive for future generations They are planning an expansion and redevelopment of the facilities which will be fantastic. Good 2... More 

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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We had friends visiting from Lincolnshire and the D Day museum had been recommended. It was a lovely sunny day, which helped. It was easy to find and has a car park beside which also leads onto the beach. The museum was so very interesting and the embroidery was amazing. There was something for all of us to enjoy and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I chanced across this museum while on a walk in Portsmouth and as it's apparently the only D-Day museum in England I thought it would ne worth a visit. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Apart from the tapestry (which you can't photograph) I didn't see or learn anything new. That was a real surprise, too, since Portsmouth played a real role... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was the highlight of my weekend in Portsmouth. Allow several hours for your visit because, although it is not a large building, there is so much meaning in a relatively small space. The D-day tapestry is one of the most moving and amazing things I have seen. I hope it will last the 1000 years that the Bayeux Tapestry... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Feeling very proud of out wonderful services, was fine until i saw the old switchboard with dollseyes that i used to work, felt very old then LOL. A coachload of foreign students arrived making it impossible to look at things properly, but they have a right to study it was a bit of a shame as we had limited time.... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Have to say we were expecting rather more from this visit. Yes the tapestry was impressive, but apart from that it was a bit of a let down and really needs a total overhaul (which I understand is coming soon). Living locally, I was expecting more information about the build up to D-Day and how it affected the area, the... More 

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