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D-Day Museum

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Address: Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
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+44 23 9282 6722

Beginning on 13 March 2017 the D-Day Museum is undergoing a complete...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 and just a short walk from Southsea pier.

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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 children but brilliant for those who are studying history etc.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 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 moving

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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 just checked the web site which now say closed and relocating ! Guess we are... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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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
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Less militaria than i expected, but a great history lesson. You can get through the displays in a couple of hours.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Overall, for its size it is a very good museum. The things on display are great for its size and it has several full scale dioramas with motorbikes and weapons on display. There are also many scale models of the D-Day build up and invasion finished in great detail. To finish it off, there is a very large circular tapestry... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

was a brief visit thought be a lot more about d day as it was free on Saturday I would have paid an admission fee

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Went here on Friday, wanted something inside as weather was not so good. What a lovely time. Lots to look at and read about. The embroidery is absolutely amazing. Worth going just for that.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I found this museum quite interesting. There are tanks, cars and other military vehicles. I liked the videos and scenes.

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