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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Michelle Mitton (12 months ago)
A really spectacular display of medieval textile that I've always wanted to see and which didn't disappoint. It's a little tricky to get to via Google (which led us all around the wrong streets) but it's worth the work. I'm not one for audio guides but I'd really recommend using it (25min) because it gives you the better scope of the work.
Susan Porter (12 months ago)
Very busy museum. No photography allowed of tapestry. Not been here for many years hence the visit. Tapestry is to be conserved soon. Audio guide very useful to explain the scenes.
Gary Baldwin (13 months ago)
Rather special to say the least. To be able to see such historical detail at close quarters was wonderful. Well organised with minimal waiting time. Best suggestion is to book in advance though, it's simpler ??❤️?
Sam Critchley (14 months ago)
My 13-year-old boys and I loved this museum. Everyone gets an audio guide you hold to your ear, and you shuffle past the tapestry listening to the charmingly-narrated commentary. It's 70m long and takes about 30 minutes. The museum doesn't overreach itself trying to keep you around looking at other items, which means you can see something of amazing historical significance in about 40 mins total.
Wayne Palmer (14 months ago)
This was a return trip as I was so amazed the first time and it is just as special this time round. The audio is excellent and it is recommended to follow up with the short cinema showing. There is some great exhibition on the way to the cinema. There are toilet facilities. Also it is very near to Bayeux Cathedral. The visit is very highly recommended
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