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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
023 9282 7261
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Ranked #9 of 42 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Portsmouth's D-Day Museum is Britain's only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the...
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Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, 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. 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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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our tour of the D Day Museum it makes you think of what they all went through. The Museum well laid out with plenty of room for any one in a wheel chair. It was a pity the Cafe was closed for the winter but with not many visitors in winter I can understand why

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Plenty of detail about one of the most important times in the 20th century. Well worth the visit. A complete history of those momentous events.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This is very interesting for history buffs, sewing buffs and for the new generations to learn about history. The Embroidery is really well done and it's definitely worth sitting in to the short film. It's a précis of a historical event, doesn't take too long and easy to get around.

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Yeovil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This museumis worth visiting if just to see the incredible embroidery. I had never heard of this and was completely blown away by this exquisite work of art. I didn't know it existed and I feel the museum should be shouting about it from the roof tops! The museum itself was also excellent, although the only criticism would be poor... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

It's absolutely massive, yet somehow tedious and boring. There are also several historical inaccuracies which could drive any history- buff insane. But if you like WWII then this is a must- visit museum- you can't get much closer to touching history than this.

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Andrew W, Manager at D-Day Museum, responded to this review

Dear Kegurii, Thank you for your review. We are glad you liked some parts of our museums. We recognise that there are improvements that we need to make, and as you probably saw when you visited we have begun a major project (http://www.ddaymuseum.co.uk/d-day/transforming-the-d-day-museum) to upgrade all our displays over the next few years. We hope you will visit again in... More 

Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

as it was Remembrance day it was free to get in, so for the price it was a good visit. the staff were very helpful, the place is very clean. there was a small talk on and I enjoyed that. I would not say it was suitable for a young family but over all enjoyable , it did not take... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

With realistic sounds, original items the D Day Museum gives you an insight into what life was like for you grandparent and how it shaped todays way of life.

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walsall, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Stayed at the hotel opposite and husband visited here whilst I went shopping!! He said it had a couple of tanks outside. There was a reasonable entrance fee. It had a long tapestry depicting the war - from 1939 to 1945. There was a lot of information about the Home Guard. There was an amphibious vehicle and a glider there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The D-Day Museum is located in Southsea, near Portsmouth in Hampshire, England. Opened in 1984 by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, it tells the story of Operation Overlord during the Normandy D-Day landings. The museum houses the Overlord embroidery and the display involves a film show including original footage and archive film. The Overlord Embroidery took five years to complete... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

we visited this museum and were very fortunate to meet two veterans. They spoke to our Son and answered the questions he had with such patience and kindness (he is 4 years old). This was a trip to remember

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