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. Put Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Bayeux tour itinerary planning app .
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  • October 6, 2017
    The Battle of Hastings is depicted in this 924 feet long tapestry that's actually embroidery. The battle occurred on October 14, 1066 between William (the conqueror)leading the Norman-French Army agai...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    We visited the museum with some American friends (academics) who were very excited about the prospect of learning something knew. I had my doubts as we both have three young children <6 years. To my s...  more »
  • October 6, 2017
    The very informative audio guide really helped us appreciate this amazing piece of history. Well worth the visit.  more »
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  • September 15, 2017
    Amazing to experience this historical tapestry. The movie on the top floor cycles between English and French is a must in understanding the background of the tapestry. Be aware that the audio tour that is included in admission plays straight through only once. No backing up. The middle floor has some great models of boats and structures of the time period.
  • September 6, 2017
    The audio guide for the tapestry felt rushed, and you couldn't pause it! Since they didn't organize the people going in, this led to the formations of large groups of people in front of the tapestry, and sometimes you couldn't get to see the scene that the audio guide was talking about. The contents of the guide itself were pretty good; and the museum upstairs has very interesting information about what happened after the events told in the tapestry. It's an OK visit for the ticket price, but I'm grateful that I didn't visit Bayeux just for this one museum.
  • August 19, 2017
    It's worth it! Audio guide well-organized, queue gets moving quickly enough, very informative, gift shop well maintained. And I had no idea the tapestry was that long. It's about 70 metres long! Not joking! The tapestry tells the story about William of Normandy coming to England and claiming power and killing the saxons. You get an audio-controller from the personnel, and it tells you the story. Recommended!
  • September 4, 2017
    The embroidery is just fantastic. It is 70meters long and the museum provides great access to see it. We armed ourselves and the kids with a few documentary programs before we came to see it and it paid off. We recognised a lot of the scenes and were able to interpret it fairly well. This really made the experience special.
  • August 30, 2017
    Excellent and reasonably priced. Audio guide is well done and really brings the tapestry to life. Good gift shop too. Worth viewing the room upstairs after the Tapestry itself to get more context & information.

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