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“Magnificent Historical Tapestry” 5 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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“Magnificent Historical Tapestry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This embroidery (rather than tapestry), made in the late 11th century, chronicles the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Recorded guides are provided in various languages. It's remarkable not only for its beauty but the fact that it has survived 10 centuries. If you visit Normandy, don't miss this attraction.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Harold vs William in graphic detail.... It's like seeing a Medieval movie as you walk around listening to the commentary. The workmanship is unbelievable.

Visited July 2013
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“Very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Seeing the tapestry that has survived through so many centuries is a real treat. Using an audio phone you hear the story of the battle and well as nuggets of info that help you see things in the tapestry that you would miss without the guide. The rest of the museum has displays on the history of William the Conqueror. If you are staying in the area, the tapestry certainly helps you understand the history of the area.

Visited July 2013
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“A unique tapestry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

The Bayeux Tapestry Museum is found in 13 Rue de Nesmond. A UNESCO World Heritage Site it houses the 'Tapestry of Queen Matilda'. It depicts the events leading up to the Norman Conquest of England concerning William,Duke of Normandy and Harold,Earl of Wessex,later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.
It is not actually a tapestry but an embroidered cloth using wool yarn. It dates back to 1066 and comprises 58 scenes and is 70 meters (230 feet) long. The Museum has three floors. On the ground floor there is the tapestry gallery and gift shop. On the first floor you have the Exhibition Room with illustrated theme signposts,maps,models and complete genealogical charts showing the technique and history of the tapestry. A cinema is locate don the second floor accessed by stairs or lift. It shows a 16 minute documentary in alternate showings in French and English.
Tickets start from 9 euro. The audio guide is indispensable. The tapestry is displayed behind glass and you follow a u shaped route. With quite a few people around you may end up looking at panel 10 with your audio guide already at panel 11. That is until you remember you have a pause button on the audio guide, use it. If people behind you are in a hurry or are not that much interested, let them through and enjoy the experience at your own pace.

Visited May 2013
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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

An absolute must to visit, if for no other reason than to see our Norman heritage. The skill of the needlework is awesome

Visited June 2013
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