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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
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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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Lovely last minute visit

Popped to Portsmouth for a day out. Loved the Museum. Clean and tidy inside. Lovely exhibits and it tells you everything you need to know about the 2nd world war. Really enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Popped to Portsmouth for a day out. Loved the Museum. Clean and tidy inside. Lovely exhibits and it tells you everything you need to know about the 2nd world war. Really enjoyed it.

Thank SLM091973
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On a wet day, happily spent an hour here with 3 twelve year old boys. We had all visited before but still found new discoveries. Looking forward to seeing how the Museum develops over the next few years.

Thank Karherine48
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The intro film is worth watching first as it puts everything in context. Then the Overlord Embroidery tells the story so well. It's worth visiting the museum just for these two things but there is lots more to see after that. It feels a little dark and there is too much to read for my taste but it's easy enough... More 

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Bayeux, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited 3 times in 20 years and it appears the same now as it did on the first trip. The only difference being the poorer lighting and tattier displays. The signs under the tapestry are faded and hard to read and sellotaped bits of paper elsewhere in the museum are a bit off-putting. Other museums have (I'm afraid)... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not one of the best museums we have been to but it was well set out. The tapestry was well made and well worth seeing. Starts off with a 15 minute film of WWII leading upto D-day and then a walk around the rooms which to be fair was just OK. Some nice displays and several vehicles. In parts it... More 

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Hove, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting museum the tapestry is worth seeing. Not possible to get a drink when we went. Toilet had a unpleasant smell!!

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cheshire uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great museum called in on 15/1/16 with my brother whilst spending the day having a wander around Portsmouth whilst waiting for the ferry to go to France.Very interesting location and well worth a visit will definitely make a return trip.

Thank bodie b
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting museum and very reasonably priced (~6.80 GBP) but some of the exhibitions in need of renovation. As Portsmouth had been a significant area during World War II it was very interesting to see the local events alongside the historical national events.

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

Thank you for your review. As you probably realise from your visit, we are working towards a complete update of the museum's displays, and in fact as I write this we are waiting to hear if we have secured the major part of the funds to do this. Subject to receiving this funding, the new displays should open at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I wanted to know more about this day in history and wasn't disappointed by the display and information presented here.

Thank Gail M
Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Well worth the time to visit and view the history of the day that changed european history! Great historical artefacts and easy to spend a couple of hours reading the displays.

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