The D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery was created to commemorate the liberation of Europe from the occupied Nazi forces in June 1944, and to house the magnificent and colourful 'Overlord Embroidery'. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, the faces of history come alive in the 34 panels of the 83 metre long embroidery depicting the moving story of 'the longest day' - 6 June 1944.
Embroidery soundguides are available in four languages and an archive film presentation in five languages brings this period of the Second World War and the sacrifices made alive to the visitor. The displays and exhibits recreate what it must have been like to live through this period and the events of that day. Experience life in an Anderson Shelter and the period front room of the ARP Warden. 'Listen While You Work' in the factory scene; keep vigil with the troops camped in the forest waiting their time to embark; eavesdrop on communications in 'The Map Room', Southwick House. Board a 'Dakota' and be the first to land in a field in France and hear the story behind the crashed Horsa Glider. Finally, pass through the German pillbox and board an original LCVP landing craft of the period. With Tanks, Jeeps, Dingo Scout Car, military equipment, models, photographs, uniforms and Veteran's memories completing this special story.
The D-Day Museum at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3NT is open daily (except 24-26 December) with accessible access, toilets, souvenir/book shop, car and coach parking. Catering available from May to September and meal vouchers for coach drivers. You should allow at least 1 ½ - 2 hours for a visit. For further information contact Visitor Services.