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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  • 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
  • Very well paced walk through the 50 scenes of the tapestry, all explained in clear English (or whichever language selected on your audio guide, which is free). You can't book ahead & you can't take photos of the tapestry. But the gift shop has some excellent souvenirs. Go before 10am if you can. No need to worry if you don't know the history of it.

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