Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, Bayeux

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Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux displays a 70-m (230-ft) embroidered tapestry crafted in the 11th century. Stitched after the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066, to celebrate England's conquest by William the Conqueror, this remarkable linen canvas depicts Viking ships, a comet, Saxon and Norman cavalries, and a mysterious exchange between a cleric and an Anglo-Saxon woman. The museum provides English translations of the Tituli Latin scripts; a 16-minute video, also in English, presents the tapestry’s historical context. A free English audio guide helps you explore the interpretive room, the tapestry room, and the 13th-century seminary building. A junior audio guide, in English and French, makes this educational experience entertaining for older children. Younger kids can connect with the tapestry by coloring replica printouts using any hues they like. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and many more Bayeux attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Bayeux travel itinerary maker.
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  • We weren't expecting much and were delighted, fantastic audio as you view the tapestry, excellent short film in English do see this before or after to get a better sense of history. We knew we were go...  more »
  • Seen the tapestry before years ago but now they offer a free audio guide which is excellent. The second floor has excellent displays and models of the time so really enhanced the experience. This a gr...  more »
  • If you are near Bayeux, you really must see this nearly 1000-year-old tapestry that tells the story (from the Norman perspective) of William the Conquerer. If you are totally unfamiliar with the basic...  more »
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  • Viewing the Bayeaux Tapestry was an amazing experience. The audio commentary was really well done, very informative and perfectly timed. The additional displays describing the construction and history of the Tapestry were so interesting. Altogether a memorable visit.
  • Very well done Bayeux! The kids enjoyed having their own audio to listen in English at their level. The tapestry is fascinating and the rest of the museum is engaging and interesting. Highly recommended!
  • Fascinating and unique exhibit. Queues can be troublesome - I wonder if they could raise up half the walkway / tier so people can look over each other's shoulders as they go round? Price a little high but doesn't deter the crowds.
  • Came here the day after visiting the battle grounds of Hastings as our son had learnt all about this period of history in school and wanted to see the tapestry. You take an audio tour with headsets in multiple languages which explain the different elements of the tapestry. This should keep people moving at about the same pace, but either some of the languages take longer than others or people just stop and look so you end up having some commentary that is not relevant to the piece you are looking at. regardless this is an impressive piece of artwork and history. Lots of information on how it was created and where its been and some general information about the battle and living in that period in a museum at the end.
  • As a historian, this was a pilgrimage fulfilled after many trips to France. Seeing the France's most important mediveal artifact in person, was a dream fulfilled. No photos of the Tapestry because you can't take photos.