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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
023 9282 7261
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Ranked #9 of 50 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The D-Day Museum was very interesting as we have studied WWII extensively. This is small compared to the one in Caen, France but still interesting. The outstanding part was the huge Overlord Embroidery - 41 feet longer than the Bayeaux tapestry. Each panel was wonderfully designed with outstanding stitchery telling the story of the build up and execution of D-Day... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This museum is new and very inspirational. The D-Day tapestry is spectacular. The movie is a good introduction to this important event. The artifacts and displays are well-done. We arrived in Portsmouth by train and took a taxi to the museum. If you travel this way, get the taxi driver's phone number so you can call when you leave as... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It's a small but high quality exhibit. The inclusion of dioramas was especially enjoyed. The location beside the sea is beautiful.

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Rugeley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

By southsea castle where the MAry Rose sank several hu ndred years before. Very interesting. I've done the D day museums in france and found the Huge Tapestry to be a fascinating document

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This museum was a wonderful prelude to my trip to the Normandy landing sites. Plenty of interesting exhibits plus a short film show made this a very enjoyable experience. Meeting and chatting to Mary Verrier, veteran FANY sitting in the foyer, was worth the admission price in itself. Bless you Mary!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a good two hours i spent whith my three friends in this compact museum, the Tapestry was a craft to be seen and in general it is well worth the modest entrance fee.

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Newport, South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had watched the video 'The Longest Day' before visiting this site. They both go together to give a graphic presentation to this historic and world changing event. Great value!!

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Romford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

70th anniversary of D Day and important to me as my Dad landed on the beach at Luc sur Mer on D Day. A lovely experience, they have a film theatre showing events of D Day and all about food rationing, growing your own veg etc. There is a very nice gift shop and also a café.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Decided to visit another of our " on the doorstep " attractions. Worth going to even if it's just to see "The Overlord Tapestry", extremely well done and tells the story or WW2 very well. We did feel that the rest of the museum could've done with more actual exhibits as well as the written side of things especially for... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you've been to other Second World War museums and know the story of Operation Overlord, then there really isn't much here that will be new. If, however, you're taking the kids to learn about it, this is excellent. The Overlord Tapestry is quite amazing and well worth seeing.

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