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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
+44 23 9282 6722
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Extremely interesting and excellent details into the D Day landing and planning. It is well worth... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Wendy A
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Recent historical tapestry

This tapestry is an amazing retelling of the D Day landings, told in the style of the Bayeux... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Jean B
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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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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Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
+44 23 9282 6722

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Extremely interesting and excellent details into the D Day landing and planning. It is well worth visiting if you are interested in history.

Thank Wendy A
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This tapestry is an amazing retelling of the D Day landings, told in the style of the Bayeux tapestry. Very worthwhile for adults and children alike.

Thank Jean B
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

This place is a must .Such a lot to see and importantly touch .From climbing into a tank to getting into a jeep.This American army has it all .Fire guns without bullets of course. This museum is for kids of all ages.Really good entry fee...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Very glad we went here,think my boy learnt a lot here,great layout and very reasonable entrance fee well worth a visit !

Thank bigbaldbloketc
Reviewed 8 May 2017

History lovers will really enjoy the tour of this community supported museum, they have a very good exhibition going on, it makes you appreciate the importance of this city during those difficult times.

Thank Mayo C
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Great to view the stories of what made this country great. Cafe was lovely and lots of good gift ideas in the shop. The 18 minute video in the mini cinema was a great idea and a good watch. Good trip for a rainy day...More

Thank Sam L
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I love going to the D-Day Museum, the tapastries are fantastic and there is so much information to take on board. If you need reading glasses make sure you have them with you. They have a great little cafe as well. Not ideal for small...More

Thank Michelle L
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We were lucky to arrive on the last day the museum willbe open for 12 months as the whole place gets a facelift. The D Day tapestry is beautiful and just as detailed as the Bayeaux. The exhibits are first class and the experience very...More

Thank robinofloxley
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

So we passed last week open ! Checked opening times ! Check ! Turned up this morning closed . The man packing in stuff told us closed for a year for refurbishment! So no change in signage all of which still say open ! We...More

1  Thank Stephen U
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A good insight into the war years, for all ages. Also a good coffee shop. The bunker brings the feel of the conditions to life

Thank Laurene S
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15 April 2017|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
The No.19 or No.23 go quite close to the D-Day Museum. If you search online for "Portsmouth bus route map" you can see where they go. However the museum is currently closed for refurbishment, reopening March 2018.
24 February 2015|
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Response from Andrew W | Property representative |
Hello, we do not have a market at the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth. You can find out about markets in Portsmouth at the Visit Portsmouth website (TripAdvisor does not allow me to post the URL). Or possibly you are confusing us... More