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Review of D-Day Museum

D-Day Museum
Ranked #10 of 131 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.
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Lovely visit - exhibits are well done and film is well worth a second viewing. Tapestry takes your breath away with the detail and amount of work put into it - would recommend a visit

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

At the seaward end of the aptly named Avenue de Caen this ranks as one of the very best museums I've ever visited. The unique and engaging Normandy Landing tapestry occupies the central, circular building but there is much more to see. Exhibits tell the story of life in wartime Portsmouth and how the city's many military facilities help prepare for the biggest seaborne invasion the world has ever witnessed. Diary extracts, photos and letters tell a very personal and poignant account. An ancillary exhibition hall provides accounts of the war in north Africa with appropriate hardware and vehicles. Exhibit labels are clear and informative. Visit on the anniversary of the launch of the invasion (6th June) and entry is free.

Thank Frazer P
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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

Thank UKTonyz
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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.

Thank Wendy K
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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.

Thank Maggie_May09London
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