Museum

D-Day Museum

14 locals recommend ·

Tips from locals

Jennifer
Jennifer
October 13, 2021
The D-Day Story is the only museum in the UK dedicated to the Allied Invasion in June 1944. It tells the unique personal stories behind this epic event.
Matt
Matt
June 6, 2021
A must for school children studying WWII.
Stephen
Stephen
May 21, 2021
The last surviving landing craft of its kind, which carried 10 tanks and crew members to Normandy on D-Day, will re-open to the public as part of The D-Day Story D-Day Story museum in Portsmouth today 17th May 2021. Landing Craft Tank LCT 7074 is the last surviving example of more than 800…
Melanie
Melanie
May 4, 2021
Recently updated and with a DDay landing craft added to the seafront that you can see up close for free.
Malcolm &
Malcolm &
September 18, 2020
Must admit I haven't been myself but it is a nice walk from the ferry along Southsea seafront.

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Location
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Credit cards
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