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The D-Day Story

Clarence Esplanade | Southsea Common, Portsmouth PO5 3NT, England
+44 23 9288 2555
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Visited for first time on 20th April - wow, was it worth it! An immersive, interactive series of... read more

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Kidlington, United Kingdom
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What a great place to visit. Emotional story of the D Day Landings, a visit to the lovely D Day... read more

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Swansea, 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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"amazing tapestry"
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"introductory film"
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"war years"
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"great museum"
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited for first time on 20th April - wow, was it worth it! An immersive, interactive series of displays leads you through from the dark days of Dunkirk evacuation to the planning and execution of the D-Day landings and beyond. Took over two hours to...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great place to visit. Emotional story of the D Day Landings, a visit to the lovely D Day Tapestry and a nice coffee shop. Spent a good two hours here, surrounded by a family who were clearly enjoying the experience. really great value.

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear 154grh, Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of the D-Day Story, I am pleased to know you thought our attraction represents good value for money. Hope to see you again soon James

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Popped in to see what the place was like following an extensive refurbishment. Very disapointed. The old layout and exhibits were much better. No more Landing craft to walk into, no more mock up Glider to keep the kids interested, in fact not much for...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear itisme973, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I am surprised you were disappointed and felt there was not much for kids in comparison with the old style museum. We, at the D-Day Story, are proud of what we have...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our first trip to the renewed Museum. The Story is told through exhibits and audio visual displays all newly curated. There are also a number of hands on activities explaining the events. There is a new emphasis on individual stories of participants with much to...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear bsandrs, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, and for making it a good one. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and that you felt that our annual pass upgrade is of good value We look forward...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

we had heard that it had been refurbished so we decided to pop in on our way back from Bournemouth. the info that they have in there is very good but you need very good eye sight. the rooms were on the dark side so...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear lynncadvisor68, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I'm pleased to hear that you felt the exhibits were very good, With regards to your feedback about lighting, we do have our hands tied somewhat with the conservation of materials, although...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been walking past here multiple times when walking along the sea front. Saw on the news it had reopened after a referb, and decided to go and visit again, as last time was nearly 15 years ago. Spent a good couple hours here, and was...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Namu G, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I'm pleased to hear you found the way the team have organised the 'Story' around personal artefacts led to an enjoyable visit, I often hear that the Overload Embroidery can be...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really touching and well done story. It helped you see from the point of view of those who fought. The embroidery is amazing.More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear SassieM64, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I'm pleased to know that you appreciated the way we have created a museum with the hope of telling the stories from those that fought. Yes, I also have to agree (although...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well thought out and nice to see that it included pictures and contributions from local Portsmouth people. Didn't like the piece of memorabilia about the German helmet with a bullet hole in it, that was taken from a German grave as a souvenir. Bad...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear RichardAllen65, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I'm so pleased that you felt the museum was "nicely done" and "worth the visit" I understand that you felt the German Helmet was displayed in "bad taste", and appreciate that it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great layout and hands on experience. Fantastic embroidery great to follow the stories. A little pricey.More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Flammentanz, Thank you for taking the time review the D-Day Story, I pleased to hear that your found our layout "great" and the experience "hand on", the team have worked hard over the past 4 years to create a new and exciting way to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whoever chose what to include did a brilliant job. There is perhaps too much of it for one visit - we only just managed to fit into our 2 hour parking ticket! The legends for the pieces were straightforward and informative. I've marked it down...More

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James B, Manager at The D-Day Story, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Janet P, Thank you for taking the time to review the D-Day Story, I have passed your kind comments on to the team, and I'm pleased that our work towards 'straightforward information' has been appreciated. I am genuinely concerned that you felt that there...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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