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The D-Day Story

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea Common, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
+44 23 9288 2555
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Re-furbished

My wife, brother in law and myself visited the newly refurbished D Day museum in Southsea... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
btc956
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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D Day visit by two old men

I took a friend to the D Day Museum as he was in the RAF during WW2. We went the day before D Day... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barry G
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, brother in law and myself visited the newly refurbished D Day museum in Southsea Portsmouth Hampshire today and having visited the old one many times in the past. Well we were very impressed with the design, layout and improvements, i would recommend it...More

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

Dear btc956, Thank you for taking the time to give such a kind review of the D-Day Story, I do hope you visit again soon Kind Regards James

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I took a friend to the D Day Museum as he was in the RAF during WW2. We went the day before D Day. Was very impressed by the displays especially the films depicting people from D Day. Also liked the Overlord Embroidery. Staff were...More

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

Dear Barry G, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I am always proud to hear that people have enjoyed their visit, but hearing that WW2 Veterans have enjoyed a visit can remind me of why the museum is here in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum tells the story well with some nice cinematic touches thrown in Just a little small if you were unfortunate like we were to be there when a coach of school kids arrived it means 30-40 people crammed into an area making it really...More

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

Dear saintlee1970, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story I am pleased to hear that you felt the staff were friendly and that the café was nice I have taken on board your feedback with regards to large bookings and we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really enjoyed both the museum and the embroidery. There is lots of interesting information and the interactive displays all worked well. The way you were lead through the museum helped you understand the whole operation and we really learnt a lot it was worth taking...More

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

Dear Portmaid, Thank you for taking the time to visit the D-Day Story, I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the D-Day Story & Overlord Embroidery, and that you felt there was lots of interesting information and the interactive displays all worked well I agree...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum portrayed such a large scale operation extremely well, with all of the interactive screens and artefacts. The Overlord Embroidery was brilliant, put aside time to see it thoroughly. Overall amazing visit.

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

Dear Gamers G, Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review of the D-Day Story, I couldn't agree more, the Overlord Embroidery is brilliant! Kind Regards James

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Meet by a very rude man on the desk asked about defence discount not taken find this odd only military museum I have been in that doesn't take this! The voice overs from different sections could be heared over each other staff doing checks getting...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear nixs01, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, We are incredibly proud of what we have created with regards to the recent refurbishment, a four year project that has resulted in the transformation from the D-Day Museum to the D-Day...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having visited the museums in Normandy, I think we expected a little too much here. However, upon realizing that it is dedicated just to D-Day and not the entire invasion, it works out quite well. There's ample historical background and exhibits. Touring it took a...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear George W, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I am pleased you felt your time at the D-Day Story was well spent. Kind Regards James

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good content, but people should be advised to bring flashlights as it was very dark, and worse, the information placards were gray lettering on gray backgrounds. Therefore, I couldn't read over 90% of the material presented. Turn up the lights, please, and redo the placards...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear spssorg1, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, We are constantly working with our lighting experts to improve areas of the museum to achieve an optimum light level that creates an emotional experience, whilst still at a safe level for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If it wasn’t for the excellent tapestry this museum would be very dull I remember taking my father here some years ago, it was so interesting . It had appeal to all ages it had various war scenes depicted air raid sounds etc , vehicles...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear longhairmen, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, The transformation from the D-Day Museum to the D-Day Story was undertaken to knit together over five hundred personal items and historic artefacts that tell the story of D-Day, 6th June 1944....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were extremely impressed with the new D-Day museum. It lays out the story in a way that is accessible to most ages, without dumbing it down in any way. It makes use of video displays and other forms of IT to tell the story,...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Chris G, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I am so pleased to hear that you felt we are an excellent presentation of a pivotal event in world history, and that you believe we are accessible to most ages....More

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Ordsall81
February 18, 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
April 14, 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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