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“Norman comic strip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bayeux Tapestry Museum

Bayeux Tapestry Museum
13 rue de Nesmond | Centre Guillaume le Conquerant, 14402 Bayeux, France
+33 2 31 51 25 50
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Bayeux
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Art Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum houses the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-m long piece of embroidery that graphically tells the story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.Listed UNESCO Memory of the World. Duration of visit about 1h30.
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“Norman comic strip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I didn't know what to expect, but I certainly didn't anticipate the witty cartoon-like images that tell an epic story to the illiterate masses. We were lucky to be here in the off season so we could follow the audioguide at at our own pace and repeat the process to make sure we didn't miss anything. I would love to study more about the friezes above and below the main story cells.

The British narrator of the English version of the audio guide was humorous and the narration really captured the energy of the scenes. Eleventh century propaganda, yes, but it holds up in our times.

Visited October 2012
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“history comes alive in Bayeux Tapestry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

The tapestry, which is really a gorgeous embroidery on linen, is huge! The 230 feet long work of art and pictorial history is displayed beautifully and professionally. The audio guide is excellent. The museum has other displays which are also worthwhile.

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“A Must See When You're in Bayeux, France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is an extremely interesting story and a rare, well preserved artifact (a beautiful embroidery) preserved by loving caretakers for almost a 1000 years. The museum is excellent in all respects and the admission fee includes an audio guide which is extremely helpful. I enjoyed seeing the movie about the artifact, too. A visit here provides a lot of information about the founding of this area by the Vikings and William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in Great Britain in October, 1066. In addition to the tapestry there's a large room with wonderful artifacts from the period. Take the time to visit this wonderful museum and you'll be very impressed, I'm sure.

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“Worth a visit, even if you don't like tapestries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

I was not looking forward to seeing this Tapestry, but it is an incredible work of art and the audio guide telling the story helps you make sense of the scenes. Go see it.

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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Entered just before closing so had the tapestry all to ourselves. Make sure you listen to the audio unit as it will tell you the entire story.

Visited September 2012
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