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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  • We walked in and got the audio and proceeded to be thoroughly engrossed in the tapestry story. Lucky for us there was no one in front or behind us so it was quite a private audio tour. Very... 
    We walked in and got the audio and proceeded to be thoroughly engrossed in the tapestry story. Lucky for us there was no one in front or behind us so it was quite a private audio tour. Very...  more »
  • A must do activity when in the area. When you consider the constraints of the needlecraft at the time - how did they do it? Many questions to ask - living tapistreology... Annoyed by U** citizens... 
    A must do activity when in the area. When you consider the constraints of the needlecraft at the time - how did they do it? Many questions to ask - living tapistreology... Annoyed by U** citizens...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.

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