The D-Day Story, Portsmouth
Immerse yourself in learning about the Normandy D-Day landings at The D-Day Story. Contemplate the 83 m (272 ft) long Overlord Embroidery, a tribute to the men and women who took part in Operation Overlord. Relive the atmosphere of D-Day through film footage, music, and wartime images in the audiovisual theater. Reflect over the extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles, and other historic artifacts from Portsmouth's war days. Also view full-size dioramas of the map room of the Allied headquarters, a Horsa glider, and a rare Beach Armored Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank. Arrange to visit The D-Day Story and other attractions in Portsmouth using our Portsmouth online tour itinerary planner .
The D-Day Story Reviews
This museum provided an excellent presentation on theD- Day landings. It covered both the lead up to the landings and how they developed during the day and the next two months. The video presentations... more »
A partraszálláshoz használt tárgyak és eszközök kiállítása. A makettek alapján kicsit könnyebb elképzelni, hogy milyen egységekre volt szükség és ezek hogy néztek ki, de hiányoltam a partraszállást be... more »The exhibition of objects and devices used for the landing. According to the models, it is a little easier to imagine what units were needed and how they looked, but I missed the dioramas presenting the landing. A pretty small museum can be reached in about half an hour. For this reason, I would have deserved the D-day think.
Well worth a visit to refresh your memory on how important this operation was and how courageous the men who took part were. My only mild criticism is that it would have been useful to have a summary board right at the start to show dates, objectives and subsequent developments after D-Day. Unfortunately, the site is badly located - about a mile walk along an exposed coast road from the Hovercraft terminal and no transport except Sundays (visited in February, so worth checking if this changes in summer). I can't understand why one of the (several) buses down that way can't divert down that road. Not everyone has a car.
The museum has been refurbished recently. It's a superb experience. The tapestry is monumental and a fantastic celebration of D-Day. The audio and visual components are wonderfully done. The cafe and gift shop is a welcome addition. This is a must if you are in the Portsmouth area. You can visit and pop along to The Rock Garden, walk on the breach, see the castle all on the same afternoon.
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