Museum of Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux, France

Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux is a museum dedicated to the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This hand-woven 70m long tapestry tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066. The manmade wonder of the 11th century has been well preserved, leaving the town of Bayeux only twice: once when Napoleon used it to show his troops that conquering England was indeed possible, and the second time during World War II, to save it from being damaged. Each year, the Tapestry Museum is visited by over 400000 visitors who marvel at the glass encased masterpiece.

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Jared Boike (6 months ago)
Although its technically not a tapestry, its still a piece of history that we should cherish! Sadly you are not allowed to take photos NOR video???? Like why. Its already under lights and in an airtight container, I'm sure pictures wont hurt.
ian beswick (8 months ago)
Excellent value for money ... €5 entry. No photos allowed as expected though. So privileged to see the tapestry in person .... the quality and the detail of the work considering its hundreds of years old, and accompanied with a great personal audible guide.
Christian Markus (8 months ago)
Must see in Normandy - unfortunately for the visitor, this view is widely shared, so expect so queuing. The complimentary audioguide cannot be paused once activated, to ensure nobody lingers and everyone mives at the same speed. Optimized so as many visitors as possible can view the tapestry, but no chance to capture details, to move back to am earlier scene, or to just enjoy in a more leisurely fashion. Still a great experience.
John Beckett (8 months ago)
Who doesn't want to visit Bayeux Tapestry? It's an astonishing glimpse into the lead up to the battle of 1066, while trying not to be moved as you listen to the commentary depicting each of the scenes. The most memorable part of my holiday without a shadow of a doubt.
Julie Welsby (9 months ago)
A popular destination so long queues. Very safe inside and social distancing enforced. Great museum, well laid out, interesting audio guide. Good value 3 museums for 10€.
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