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“Good for a rainy day”
Review of D-Day Museum

D-Day Museum
Ranked #8 of 119 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Beginning on 13 March 2017 the D-Day Museum is undergoing a complete refurbishment and is not open to the public. This is part of our exciting £4.9 million Transforming the D-Day Museum project, assisted by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more about this exciting project here. The Museum will re-open in spring 2018, with completely new displays about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, told through the stories of those who took part, and an exciting programme of events. The following text applies to our old displays, and will be updated in due course to reflect our new exhibitions. 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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“Good for a rainy day”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

There is lots to see and in particular read at the D Day Museum so to do it justice a few hours are required. The D Day tapestry is stunning and admirable worthy of a mention. This is an excellent museum especially if the weather is bad. Right behind the museum is Southsea Castle but cannot comment on this as it is closed on Mondays, the day we visited.

Visited October 2012
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“Really good”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Took my son there, as my dad served on D Day. Really good and they let those on disability allowance in for free. A really local account of the impact of the build up on Portsmtouh

Visited November 2012
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“Did that really happen Grandma???”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

D. Day museum a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives. Great venue, amazing tapestry- terrific talent . May we always remember the sacrifice made by the brave men and boys.

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“Great little Museum”
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Fabulous museum, very interesting - my son loved it!
Was not too big, so great for children too. Easy to reach after the Great South Run.

Visited October 2012
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“Excellent Take!”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

This museum was the best D-Day museum I have been to. Displays were interesting and realistic. I thought I knew a lot about D-Day but here I found lots of new Information. One could spend many hours and still not see it all. Nice gift shop and cafeteria. Staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Highly recommend a visit here.

Visited September 2012
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