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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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Amazing tapetsry

Amazing tapestry. Worth a visit just for this. Very informative museum, great way to spend a couple of hours

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Amazing tapestry. Worth a visit just for this. Very informative museum, great way to spend a couple of hours

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A museum to visit so that we all realize the amazing efforts and achievements by so many to ensure our success in the last war

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The day really was enlightening. A lot to take in too Highly recommended to ensure we all know what happened

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The D Day museum has now been open for 30 years and is well worth a visit. The highpoint is the 34 panel Overlord Embroidery, a Bayeux tapestry style depiction of the events of D Day. Each panel has a description underneath in English, French and German. The film is also worth seeing. The rest of the museum tells the... More 

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Ledbury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is a huge work of textile art, depicting a significant part of the history of this country. What surprised me about it was that I hadn't heard of it before. Also poignant items of oral history from the local area.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very worth while. Every Brit should understand their heritage and the role their forefathers played in WW2. This is an interesting, modern Museum/exhibition and appropriate for everyone except very small children. There is a moving short film about life during the war in the centrally located theatre and then a wonderful tapestry, rivaling Bayeux, that runs all the way around... More 

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We took my father in law, George here as he's wanted to go for a long time. George was on a minesweeper on d day clearing the lanes to sword beach. I have been before but the tapestry still impresses, what a brilliant piece of work. There are also books for the veterans to sign. Whilst there. A group of... More 

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Interested in WWII history and this museum gives you a good insight into the D-Day landings. As well as a comprehensive display of artifacts. There was also a short film in the cinema giving an abridged version of the D-day events. When we arrived, possibly out of the main tourist season, the cafe was empty and had a limited fayre,... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you'r into 'Overlord' and DDay the this is the place! As South Sea and the surrounding area such as Southwark house were the centre of the command for the invasion its a MUST See when in Portsmouth. Southwick House at HMS Dryad (D Day HQ) is only open on one day a year so check!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Just love it, regularly take our visitors there, the D veterans are really interesting, our American grandsons loved meeting them. The tapestry is so moving. Do make sure that you allow plenty of time to visit, it looks small from the outside, but there is so much to see.

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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Portsmouth

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