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D-Day Museum



D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 3NT

Tel: +44 023 9282 7261

Image of Girl with Overlord Embroidery


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 the 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 D-Day Museum tells the story of the D-Day Landings in World War Two and has as its centrepiece the magnificent Overlord Embroidery, a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part in the operation.

The Overlord Embroidery 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. The embroidery is 272 feet (83 metres) in length, and is the largest work of its kind in the world.

The Museum's unique and dramatic film show uses archive film to bring back memories of the wartime years. There are also extensive displays featuring maps; uniforms and other memorabilia; several vehicles and even a real LCVP landing craft.

An exciting new project will see the D-Day Museum transformed. The current museum is available to view until spring 2017, when it will close for the project to begin. Re-opening dates are to be confirmed nearer the time.

Portsmouth Visitor Information Service is located in the Museum foyer, offering a range of visitor information and services. The Museum’s shop sells a range of items relating to the Second World War.

Please note - museum staff reserve the right to search bags and all visitors must agree to this as a condition of entry to the museum.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Induction Loop System
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • On site parking close by - Fees apply
  • Parking (charge)
  • Railway station within 5 miles


  • Cafe - April - Sept
  • Catering for groups - with prior booking with the cafe.
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic area - on communal parkland
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted - Please download our Group Travel Guide for more information.
  • Maestro Accepted
  • Min group size - 15, to qualify for group rates.
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - For groups only. Extra charge, available on application.
  • Special group rates - Adult: £5.50 Senior: £4.50 Child: £4.00

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages - For the Overlord Embroidery only (English/French/ Dutch/Spanish/German)
  • Event Venue
  • Groups by arrangement - Tours of D-Day Museum and / or Overlord Embroidery available by arrangement for pre-booked groups (fee applies).
  • Groups welcome
  • Open all year round

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Most suitable for Key Stages 2 & 3. Tours of D-Day Museum and / or Overlord Embroidery available by arrangement, for pre-booked groups (fee applies).

Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch audio guide
  • French audio guide
  • German audio guide
  • Spanish audio guide

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits


Map & Directions

Road Directions

M27 or A3(M) to M275 to Esplanade.

If you require any information for your visit, please contact the museum directly.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest stations are Portsmouth & Southsea or Portsmouth Harbour.

Opening Times

* Please note the museum is now temporarily closed for extensive transformation works. It will re-open in spring 2018. Please read the description below for more information.

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