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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  • Considering this tapestry is so old it's size and complexity is quite amazing and this museum houses it and tells the story of it so well 
    Considering this tapestry is so old it's size and complexity is quite amazing and this museum houses it and tells the story of it so well  more »
  • Pleasantly surprised! I thought this was going to be super lame but I was wrong!! It was really cool! The audio guide is a must. Well paced. Very enjoyable. Recommend for all ages. 
    Pleasantly surprised! I thought this was going to be super lame but I was wrong!! It was really cool! The audio guide is a must. Well paced. Very enjoyable. Recommend for all ages.  more »
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  • I think this place is excellent. Even my 4 and 8 year old listened to the child's version of the story fully for the whole duration, walking slowly around the tapestry. A decent new film could be made of this!
  • The tapestry itself is AMAZING!!! I loved the display setup and how it is in its own space. The only downside of this portion of the museum was how quickly the audio guide moved through the tapestry and that you couldn't pause it to look at it more. I understand wanting to keep people moving, and perhaps you can ask to go through again, but a slower pace would've been nice. The section of the museum about the history of the tapestry, how it was made and preservation efforts was also really well done. The general historical portion of the museum was a little more underwhelming.

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