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The D-Day Story

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea Common, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
+44 23 9288 2555
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I thought this might be another dry war time museum but how wrong I was. The museum has been... read more

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53Alibongo
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Excellent !!!!! New look

1st visit since reopening & what a differance much better more easier explained historic... read more

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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The D-Day Story tells of the people behind the events of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. It holds over 10,000 items – preserving, researching and acquiring objects to share with the public through exhibitions, workshops and other activities. The museum is fully accredited, meeting nationally agreed standards for UK museums. Following a £5 million transformation project, it has moved from being an military-focused museum to one that tells the personal stories behind the epic day. The museum is also home to the Overlord Embroidery, which tells the story of the operation across 34 hand-stitched panels stretching for a total of 83 metres. The D-Day Story is one of six museums run by Portsmouth Museums, part of Portsmouth City Council. Responsibility for the museums service falls under the remit of the council’s cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport.
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Clarence Esplanade | Southsea Common, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
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I thought this might be another dry war time museum but how wrong I was. The museum has been beautifully done with lots of artefacts, hands on activities and some stunning audio visuals. The hands on displays were very clever computer graphic quizzes that appealed...More

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1st visit since reopening & what a differance much better more easier explained historic information & much more for children to interact with The holograms make it more realistic. Very enjoyable & informative few hours

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It was a wet rainy day so chose to visit an indoor attraction and glad we did. The museum is well laid out and careful attention has been given to engaging children with little interactive activities as you move around. For adults, there is ample...More

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Great museum visited with my family. A little pricey for admittance but worth a visit. Good displays and well laid out.

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Opened only a few months ago and utilizing the latest museum science techniques, this place examines this momentous event in great detail. Particularly touching are the tales of WWII veterans who participated in the battle. Very much worth a visit for anybody interested in history...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very informative small museum. My 8 year old son loved it. Few interactive pieces. Few videos played across the museum.

Thank Malgorzata R
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a really good little museum. The displays are excellent and strike a satisfying balance between the military history and the human side of the conflict - watch out especially for the landing craft. The Overlord Embroidery is amazing - I went in with...More

Thank Simon W
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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Simon W, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I am pleased that you and your son enjoyed your visit, and that you found our museum excellent and that we had managed to strike a balance between military history and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Tells the human side of the landings and beyond. Very informative and great exhibits. But the best bit was getting to meet one of the veterans, John Jenkins. I had no idea there would be anyone there and the veterans aren't there every day, so...More

Thank Kenny H
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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Kenny H, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I am always filled with pride when I hear that a visitor has found their experience informative, I am also very aware of how lucky I am to have the honour...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Allow plenty of time to visit. There is so much to see and appreciate and it can't be rushed. Unique displays. Worth spending as much time as you can spare. Pleasant helpful staff, little café and interesting shop.

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear 2crumblies, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind review of the D-Day Story, I will ensure your comments are passed on to the team. Kind Reagrds James

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This has to be on your bucket list if you have any interest in the people and methodology of how we planned, executed and ultimately won WW2 Many interactive activities for all ages. A good number of museum quality items from the day and most...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear PaulDH2011, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I may be slightly biased, but I absolutely agree that a visit to the D-Day Story, Portsmouth should be on the top of everyone's bucket list, but in all seriousness I know...More

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Ordsall81
18 February 2018|
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Response from VisitPortsmouth | Property representative |
Hi. Adult entry is £10, or you can convert your ticket into an annual pass for £2 extra. Hope to see you when we re-open!
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gazzah2015
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.
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