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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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The beginning of this tour is the look at the Overlord Embroidery. I had no idea what this was about and I was fascinated. This embroidery (or quilt) is enormous and amazing to... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The beginning of this tour is the look at the Overlord Embroidery. I had no idea what this was about and I was fascinated. This embroidery (or quilt) is enormous and amazing to look at, both from afar and up close to see the details. It really tells the story of the D-Day invasion. Then you go into the museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved everything about it. Really shows how easy we have it now a days. Nice introduction video with some of the living survivors. Poignant loved it. We should never forget.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting museum. A must if you are visiting Portsmouth. Interactive, and a lot to see. Employees are very friendly. A definite must if you are into history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

interesting, well sewn and made. and for those who say boring well enter and see if you think the same at the end of your visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very deceptive from the outside, but once inside maximum space has been very well used. We were very impressed with the D Day Tapestry, and the short film that accompanied it. We didn't realised that this was just the start of a journey into passageways and rooms full of items of the D Day Landings but also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meeting a WWII soldier, learning from the beauty and intricacies of history in the D day tapestry, seeing the perspective of the UK in this major segment of European and world history - all in a well displayed setting. Was taken here by a local to view the tapestry - a modern Bayeux tapestry, indeed. Well done - make the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum is almost like a taedis with unexpected experiences which you can almost miss as you wander round. It is vey atmospheric. The personal accounts from civilians and military personnel were very moving and for an older generation they bring back memories, There is a useful film which can be viewed before going round and would be helpful for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A super museum dedicated to preserving the story of a very important period of the 20th century and this is the only museum in Britain of the D-day landings. A truly remarkable experience and to view the 272 foot long Overlord Tapestry is worth the entranice fee alone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't believe our luck to find this beautiful museum in this little town nor did we realize how this town was impacted by WW2. This is an outstanding museum--an excellent theater with film to start your tour plus an unbelievable tapestry telling the story of D-Day. We encourage visitors to make the time for this museum. You will not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting place. Very sad to see what the poor men and women went through. A good place to visit if you are interested in this type of thing.

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