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D-Day Museum

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

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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A medium sized museum, but a good one. We enjoyed this one very much we went to see the Tanks but the tapestry was very good too. The film show was interesting, it has a small... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A medium sized museum, but a good one. We enjoyed this one very much we went to see the Tanks but the tapestry was very good too. The film show was interesting, it has a small shop and cafe. You can spend a hour or two here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fantastic to see the history of the local beaches and the key role they played in this historic event of human endeavour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For my mother this was a trip down memory lane but there was a lot that would appeal to people of all ages - quite a few French tourists on the day we were there. Some great vehicles and lots interesting small items. Very welcoming staff. Lots of seating which is helpful. Good value for money.Would go again

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Looked forward to this so much but what a let down. Irreplaceable assets by way of WW2 tanks and guns front the museum but are rusting and flaking away through lack of basic maintenance and paint. Inside the space is way underused and a "cinema " shows a brief but disjointed film of poor quality. Large but bare cafe of... More 

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

Thank you for your review. As you will have seen during your visit, we will soon be beginning a major upgrade of our displays, which will tackle their shortcomings and will include refurbishment of the vehicles displayed outside. I hope during your visit you also saw our other displays, including a range of artefacts including a real wartime landing craft,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's worth visiting the museum just to see the D Day Tapestry alone: superb design and amazing craftsmanship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were amazed by our visit to the museum. I had never heard of the Overlord Embroidery and was amazed when I saw it. The museum has a lot of other items in it and the displays are very informative. Be aware that the museum closes in September for refurbishment and should re-open summer 2017. Staff were very friendly and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been before and I enjoy then, but it has changed at bit and my mum enjoyed it as she never been there. I looked forward to see what happening in the future, with it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited in early august with my wife and was very pleasantly surprised. At £6 it was good value. There was even a D Day veteran sitting in reception to have chat with. The embroidery was just superb and it was an hour well spent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting museum, not the largest, but not expensive either. Tour starts with a 15 minute video to set the scene. The Overlord Tapestry is worth seeing and then there are a series of exhibitions of daily life and preparations leading up to D Day. Landing craft to go on. Worth a visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made a visit to the D-day museum this past weekend and its a fine little museum, just expect too much new info or exciting exhibitions. The main attraction are some of the vehicles and some other reenactments which interesting. The walk from the city center is far and I used too much time during my day trip, going there.... More 

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