D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
For postal address, please see "Contact Info".
Open daily except 24-26 December
April - September 10.00am - 5.30pm *
October - March 10.00am - 5.00pm *
* Last entry to the D-Day Museum is 30 minutes before closing time.
We suggest you allow 1.5 to 2 hours in total for your visit to the museum.
If you require any information for your visit, please contact us.
Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd October 2016: The Great South Run will be taking place in the area near the D-Day Museum on both days. The museum will still be open to visitors as normal, but please be aware that it may take longer than usual to travel within the city. On the Saturday the roads immediately next to the museum will be closed. On the Sunday there will be road closures over a wider area and the seafront area will be very busy.
Wednesday 16th November 2016: The museum will be closed so that staff can complete essential training. We apologise for any inconvenience.
2017-2018: Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the D-Day Museum’s interior will be completely refurbished as part of our Transforming the D-Day Museum project. The museum will be open through to early 2017 after which the refurbishment will commence. We plan that the museum will reopen in Spring 2018.
Go to this page for some photographs of the interior of the museum.
Portsmouth Visitor Information
Portsmouth's award winning Visitor Information Team is based at the D-Day Museum and is here to help you make the most of your time in the city. Our friendly team will help you plan your visit, with information and lots of suggestions on accommodation, attractions, entertainment and events. As well as discounted tickets for attractions we also sell tickets for local events and entertainment including no fee bookings for the Kings Theatre in Southsea, the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. We are also agents for Lucketts coach trips and holidays. Coach and theatre bookings must be made in person. For more information, click here to go to the Visit Portsmouth website.
Travelling to the D-Day Museum
Find out more about bus routes and other public transport in Portsmouth.
Train: The D-Day Museum is roughly the same distance from both Portsmouth Harbour, and Portsmouth & Southsea train stations (about one mile, or 40 minutes on foot). There are taxi ranks at both stations.
Bus: The No.19 bus (First Group) goes from the City Centre (near Portsmouth & Southsea train station) and stops at the Pyramids Centre, 10-15 minutes walk from the D-Day Museum (Monday - Saturday). On Sundays only, the No.16 bus (First Group) goes from Portsmouth Harbour train station (The Hard) and stops directy outside the D-Day Museum. Other buses that may be useful are the No.1 bus (First Group) and the No.23 bus (Stagecoach) which go from Portsmouth Harbour train station (The Hard) to the Palmerston Road area of Southsea, about 15-20 minutes walk from the D-Day Museum. For more advice on getting to the D-Day Museum by bus, please phone us on 023 9282 6722.
Park and ride: Find out more here about Portsmouth's park and ride services. The bus goes to the City Centre and The Hard, from the car park in the north of Portsmouth.
Parking near the D-Day Museum: Pay and display parking is available in the area around the museum. Find out more here.
Our cafe is open seven days a week (10.30am - 4pm weekdays, 10.30am - 4.30pm at weekends), serving drinks and light snacks to eat in or take away. Occasionally the cafe is closed due to other activities. Groups: if you would like to use the cafe, please contact us in advance to ensure we can meet your needs.
Items dealing mainly with the history of World War II and the D-Day campaign, including gifts, postcards and books. Also an extensive souvenir collection depicting the Overlord Embroidery.
Children aged seventeen years and under are free when accompanied with a full paying adult.
Concessions for senior citizens, children, students, families and UB40 holders. See Museums' Visitor Information page.
We offer a discount for groups and special rates for schools and other educational groups. All groups must be booked in advance. For reservations, please email us or telephone 023 9283 4744 / 4737.
SPECIAL OFFER FOR GROUPS! Pre-booked tours/introductory talks by a Tourist Guide, focusing on either the Overlord Embroidery or the D-Day Landings. These special tours are only available to groups. Please click here to find out more about these tours.
Joint Spinnaker Tower & D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
A chance to see the landmarks, coastline and embarkation points that became crucial during the D-Day campaign from a unique perspective on the view decks of the Spinnaker Tower, combined with a visit to the D-Day Museum.
Find out about the key role the city of Portsmouth played in one of the most momentous days in world history, plus view the amazing Overlord Embroidery, representing stories of the brave troops and providing a fascinating insight into Operation Overlord. This fascinating joint ticket is available for groups of 15 or more.
This ticket is available from £10.85 for Adults, £9.30 for children, £10.05 for seniors/students - to book contact the Spinnaker Tower groups team on 023 9285 7520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Included in your visit is our NEW for 2016 animated film show exploring the personalities and stories that make Portsmouth the great waterfront city it is today.
At the time of D-Day, the Allied commanders met at Southwick House, just outside Portsmouth. Southwick House and its famous D-Day wall map can be visited by prior arrangement (appointments are necessary as it is on a military base). To visit Southwick House, please contact the Defence School of Policing and Guarding - click here to send an email (visits can only be arranged by email). We have been informed by the Ministry of Defence that visits by the general public to the wall map have been restricted to Thursdays only for the foreseeable future due to heightened security. The D-Day Museum is not responsible for visits to Southwick House. For a large size photo of the D-Day Wall Map, click here.