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D-Day Museum

Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
+44 23 9282 6722
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Very eye opening visit

It was a lovely trip back into history, especially the tapestry depicting the events. Walk around... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
menditman
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Spent hours in here

Fantastic place, went with 2 boys who l9ved the story telling by the embroidered panels. Film show... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
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Chester, 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
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

It was a lovely trip back into history, especially the tapestry depicting the events. Walk around at your own leisurely pace opening your mind to the events of the past. Just wish I had longer there.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Fantastic place, went with 2 boys who l9ved the story telling by the embroidered panels. Film show was informative, and the museum artefacts fascinated thrm

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

I am sure it is great based on the other reviews and info I have researched, but be aware that there is construction going on and they are closed until Feb 2018. Save the bus fare, but a seaside walk is great along with the...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

With highly explicit maps,drawings and interactive stuff,this museum is a must for anyone interested in WW2 and especially the 6th June 1944. Portsmouth and the surrounding area was highly involved in D-DAY,and this museum tales you through all the development through the landings in Normandy....More

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The D Day museum is a great visit that is due to even better when the current works are finished. A lot of money is being spent on this attraction so go next year and take advantage of the new spending.

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

The site is near to Southsea Castle so worth a visit. A lot of school children attend here which can make it difficult to view. Suggest certain days for schools maybe. The tapestry is ok but the story of the D Day landings are excellent....More

Thank Amanda19622015
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Situated near Southsea Castle. Tells the story of the D Day landings in words pictures talks and exibitions. Check venue for days, prices and events.

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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
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Reviewed 21 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.

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Reviewed 26 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

1  Thank James H
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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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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
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