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D-Day Museum

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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
Phone Number: +44 23 9282 6722
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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 embroidery of the landings is more than enough to make this museum worth a visit. There is loots more to see besides and the whole exhibition is well laid out. Also there's a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Worthing, United Kingdom

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The embroidery of the landings is more than enough to make this museum worth a visit. There is loots more to see besides and the whole exhibition is well laid out. Also there's a dinky little café serving snacks and drinks.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very interesting and sobering way to spend a couple of hours. Such an important part of our history and, perhaps most of all, a terrific reminder of how the world has changed in recent years. The tapestry is not for me, although I can see why people rave about it. The remembrance books make very interesting, if emotional, reading.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very well laid out museum on the seafront at Southsea. Easy to get to and with a large (fairly expensive - £4 for 3 hours) - car park. The main exhibit is an enormous embroidery telling the story of the D-day landings. The rest of the building is given over to a maze of showcases and rooms... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Much of the D day landing vessels left from Portsmouth and there are a lot of other local ties (some of the gilders for example were made here) so this is a good place for this collection. The story of the invasion is well told with loads of exhibits and archive film. I have a personal connection - my father... More 

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Horley
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great displays giving a good explanation of D Day. The tapestry of the events leading up to D Day is well worth looking at, it has great detail.

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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have long wanted to take my father, a D-Day veteran, to this museum, particularly as he lives fairly locally. On arrival. I enquired if D-Day veterans had to pay the entry fee and was told not - one plus at least. It was a weekday, so there were four visitors there, including the three of us. It is as well... More 

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

Hello, thank you for your review. We hope that you will come back and see our new displays (reopening Spring 2018), which will be more modern and interactive, and will do much more to highlight the amazing objects in our collections than our current displays do. More 

Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a free opening day, the tapestry was really interesting and very well done. The exhibition on the war with Anderson shelter was also very interesting. There is cafe but unfortunately it was closed but the prices seemed very reasonable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today with my nine year old WW2 obsessed son. Staff were very welcoming and the enbroidery was worth a visit on its own. I found it really interesting with regards to the whole war effort and the exhibits were varied and interesting. Well worth a visit.

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North Tidworth, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time here today. Exibits well prepared and looked after. Fully briefed up on past events even I learnt a few things. Would have been better if there was free parking on a Sunday tho.

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Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

such an important part of our history and the emphasis seems to be on the tapestry,not wishing to denigrate it in any way.So much happened that day is this really the best we can do to honour all the men who died and were wounded

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