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D-Day Museum

Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
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Ranked #9 of 111 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Military 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: Specialty museums, Military 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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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

A great time with family to the museum looks to look at see and do. I found the 15min film very interesting and the embroidery outstanding The museum was spacious with lot's of displays, a gift shop but lacking a restaurant.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I went to the D Day museum with a group of friends and I had a very good time. The museum had a lot of historical information which was really good to know. You can have a very good time with a large group of family or friends.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

We were at a loss as what to do on a very wet and windy day in southsea when we drove past the tanks outside this museum. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by a gentleman by the name of 'Stokes' who although wasn't at D-Day, he was part of the forces that bought our brave POW's... More 

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I didn't know what to expect really before i went there. But for sure, i didn't expect to see someone standing in front of me from those days... I had just a little chat with Sgt. John Jenkins, i didn't want to take his much time and i was careful with the questions i ask. I took my opportunity to... More 

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Chapel St. Leonards, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We've seen the films and watched stuff on TV and think we know it all. Go along to the museum and you get much more of a reality check about the scale and effort involved. Well worth a visit.

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Iron Acton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We visited Portsmouth with a view to see the Overlord tapestry at the D-day Museum but there was so much more to see . It was a very excellent surprise to find such a work of art ! The tapestry is so long and I was absolutely amazed at the clever use of materials and threads to define the intricate... More 

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Very reasonably priced entrance fees with children going free. Staff were very helpful and full of information. The tapestry was very interesting and a good introduction to the museum. The museum is probably better for older children and adults as there aren't any hands on exhibits or interactive items. All in all, a very informative and thought provoking museum run... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Had a fantastic time at D Day museum looking at all of the exhibits and the tapestry. But best of all was the chance to sit and talk to Mary Verrier nee Turner D Day veteran. She chatted to us for over an hour talking about all of her war time experiences leaving us all inspired especially our 13 year... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We took a group of young people with disabilities to visit the museum. We paid an extra.£30 for a very knowledgable and helpful tour guide, who made our experience memorable. Recommended and worthwhile!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This museum is good in some ways as you can come back as many times as you like in a year but the coffee shop was very minimal and little on offer inside the museum that thrilled. There is a nice children's park outside! The staff were miserable and very limited gift shop!

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

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you did not have an entirely good experience when you visited our museum. Actually we don't have an annual ticket, but you have to buy a ticket each time you visit. Our café is closed over the winter, but during the summer season it offers light snacks, and there is a... More 

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