The D-Day Story

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Clarence Esplanade

The D-Day Story is a museum dedicated to the Normandy Landings that liberated Europe from Nazi Germany occupation during the Second World War. It tells the personal stories of those involved in the epic day. Exhibits at the museum cover Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944. The amazing Overlord Embroidery, a modern-day counterpart to the Bayeux Tapestry, tells the dramatic story of the Allied landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944. History comes alive in 34 panels that stretch for 83 metres. A walk through the museum takes visitors on a chronological journey, starting with Preparation, before moving on to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, and concluding with Legacy and the Overlord Embroidery. Stunning imagery, audio-visual presentations and hands-on interactives help to bring the story to life.

Further information

Opening Hours:

April-September: Daily 10.00-17.30, last entry 17.00 October-March: Daily 10.00-17.00, last entry 16.30 Closed: 24-26 December


Adult - £10 Senior - £8.00 Child (aged 5-17) and student - £5 Family (up to 2 adults and up to 3 children) - £25.00 Children under 5 - Free Disabled adult - £8 Disabled senior - £6.40 Disabled child - £4 (2 for 1 – personal assistant/carer of the visitor receives a free ticket) Portsmouth Leisure Card holders receive 40% discount on full price Veterans of the Second World War - Free Serving members of the Armed Forces - £8 For details of current admissions charges, please go to


  • Museums Association

Travel directions:

Please see our website for travel directions.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library with public access
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Cafeteria

Facilities information:

The D-Day Story is suitable for a wide range of National Curriculum work and a Resource Pack for KS1 and 2 is available for loan. As part of the NCSU 'Britain since the 1930's' we can offer schools special handling and role play sessions on the Home Front. These handling sessions are chargeable and available during the autumn and spring terms.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Foreign language audio guide available
  • General audio-guide available
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Loan service
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools

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