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“Very Interesting”
Review of D-Day Museum

D-Day Museum
Ranked #8 of 127 things to do in Portsmouth
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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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Very Interesting”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

very intersting , not a huge entrance fee either. The 10 minute film at r=the start was great and the Tapestry amazing

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“Must See the Overlord Embroidery”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

If you've heard about the Bayeaux Tapestry, then you know what to expect. The 272 foot long tapestry took expert needlecrafters five years to complete. Truly stunning.

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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Spent an hour here. Very interesting, well laid out, lots of artefacts. The visitors books with comments from veterans are very moving. Tapestry brilliant & enjoyed the film.

Visited November 2012
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“Lest we forget”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

The D Day Landing Tapestry is brilliantly made and tells the story of the landings clearly. Best viewed from not too close. The exhibition at the end is a fascinating collection of domestic and military items. Allow at the very least 1 1/2 hours to go round.

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“Don't miss this slice of history in Portsmouth!”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to the D-Day museum. The film was well done & a good overview. The Overlord embroidery was truly amazing! (think Bayeux Tapestry, but modernized & depicting Operation Overloard).

The museum was rather succinct seeing the history that launched from this shore. I think there's more to the museum in NOLA, but it's definitely worth the visit & of course the vehicles & tanks out front are every boys delight!

Don't miss this slice of history in Portsmouth!

Visited November 2012
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