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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 Tapestry!

We did not know the tapestry depicting D-Day existed and worth the entrance fee just to see this work of art. The D-Day story was well told and we found some of the museum more... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did not know the tapestry depicting D-Day existed and worth the entrance fee just to see this work of art. The D-Day story was well told and we found some of the museum more interesting than other due to our family history. The café was well worth a visit too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From watching the introductory film it became clear that the message was to preserve the memories of WW2 and the D-Day landings for future generations. The Overlord tapestry is spectacular and a real credit to all those involved in its creation. However, having visited many similar museums I felt disappointed with this one. In order to attract the generations who... More 

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

Thank you for your thoughtful review. As you will have seen when you visited, we are in the process of a complete transformation of the D-Day Museum's displays and activities, which will make them more interactive and suitable for today's visitors. We hope you will come back and see the museum when the displays reopen (spring 2018). More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Important for the next generation to visit and to understand. However a great collection of memories and an amazing tribute to the people involved in all that D Day stood for.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

easy to find after a 15 minute walk from the hovercraft terminal. £6,50 to get in is value for money compared to most others.dont be put off buy the cloth mosaic wall mounted story line as you go in, it gets better as you go deeper into the tardis like venue it is a lot larger inside than you realize.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this place by luck but it was definitely worth a visit, we were in Normandy 2 years ago and most of the museums there were focusing on the battles there, this museum presented the impact on the local community leading up to the invasion. So you got a different side of the story.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really good exhibition about D day. The short film was very moving. The embroidery is fantastic. The exhibition of vehicles used in D day landings opened my eyes to what was achieved with such relatively primitive weaponry

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great if you are interested in world war two very informative worth the visit when in portsmouth lovely walk along the front to get there

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Ware, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took my mother who is 90 and her sister who is 88 to visit this museum. It was a joy to see the memories flowing, and for us to share their memories. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience too. The tapestry is an absolute wonder. Well worth a visit.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this museum mainly because we were in the area, and thought we find out about the events of D-Day. I must admit I hadn't heard of the Overlord Tapestry, but that was quite an eye-opener. The incredible workmanship that had gone into producing this descriptive work of art is stunning, and it#s worth a visit just to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent tapestry depicting the story of D-day with commentary around telling all that took place and leading up to 6th June. The short film was good to watch and the button to press and watch what happened with rationing was great too. Must visit!

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