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D-Day Museum

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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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Went here at our son's suggestion - would not necessarily have been my first choice - but found it amazing. The embroidery was unbelievable, and the attraction educational in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here at our son's suggestion - would not necessarily have been my first choice - but found it amazing. The embroidery was unbelievable, and the attraction educational in a very interesting way. Would thoroughly recommend

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent museum with lots to see on a cold wet day in portsmouth - some very unusual exhibits and info + the d day tapestry

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Met by Jack, a WW2 veteran. What an honour to meet him!!! He told us about his life at sea and then in the Army. Showed us his medals, great to see, showed us his photos..... The museum is fantastic, it puts thing into perspective, great pictures around and films to see. We loved it, learnt a lot too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our reason for coming to Portsmouth was to see this museum, and it was all we could have hoped for. The embroidery is done so well, and with such love and caring. It is very moving. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable ....and the exhibits are very meaningful and tells the Portsmouth story very deeply. You need time...there is... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watch the film and look at the tapestry. It a good two hours worth of history to absorb with lots for children to look at but not much in the way of interactive displays available

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First you will see the tapestry depicting the war. It's done very well and was interesting. Lots of info through film, signage and displays. It's a historical experience that should be explored.

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

This museum could reduce you to tears; it did me. What a disaster, what pain, what horror, what pain. Al of those emotions are there. Having recovered from the emotional trauma, the museum is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit for about five years and excellent value for money. The tapestry gives a good pictorial account of events and the rest of the museum is very interesting and informative . loved the various black and white films that gave a good account of these tough times

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a new museum and it is well worth a visit, giving lots of information about D-Day from a wide perspective. The history of the event is well recorded and there are some interesting mechanical exhibits. Good value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent 3 hours at the D-Day Museum. It is absolutely fascinating. Well worth a visit and a trip back in time. The film is very insightful and dramatic.

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