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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
023 9282 7261
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Ranked #11 of 49 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We arrived in time to visit this museum before we boarded our ferry over to France so this great museum git us of to a good start would recommend anyone to visit full wonderful thinks

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Essex, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I first visited the D Day Museum four or five years ago, but had to make a second visit - as I was again in Portsmouth. The tapestry exhibition, detailing all the events of D Day was amazing, and brought to life the momentous happenings of that period of the second world war far more than mere photographs ever could.... More

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switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was a little bit disappointed. The Overlord Embroidery is indeed amazing in the sense of "artisan craftwork" but it is definitive not a modern way to present such a an important part of the WWII. The introductory film suits 4-grader. D-Day and Portsmouth deserves more than this.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

On the seafront at Southsea, the jump off point for the invasion in 1944, this is a fantastic 'must do'. It's not the Imperial War Museum but it is dedicated to the invasion and based at the invasion rendezvous site

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Portsmouth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Nice place and nice staff. Good time to look around with all the DDay celebrations going on. Nicely laid out and There's a coffee shop as well.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went to this museum with three children- ages 13, 11 and 10. We all enjoyed ourselves and learned a lot.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We came here as a starter to a week long holiday to Normandy touring the D Day beaches. We were not disappointed. The tapestry is just stunning. Well worth a visit.

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Houston, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a great museum and one everyone should see. The embroidery is terrific as are all the letters, photos, theatre presentation, and a remembrance of the 70th anniversary of D _ Day. It is a must see museum if you are at all interested in what happened to preserve your liberties which began on the beaches of Normandy. Portsmouth... More

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Decent - if slightly overpriced - museum; I particularly liked the Portsmouth-oriented displays. The introductory film assumes very little previous knowledge!

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

A must to visit for 'The Overlord Embroidery'. I was amazed at the work and quality of this, a tribute to all that took part in the D-Day landings. A shop and café on site.

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