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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  • This is a wonderful historical piece of art that should not be missed while visiting the Bayeux area. 
    This is a wonderful historical piece of art that should not be missed while visiting the Bayeux area.  more »
  • Such an amazing piece of history! Over 76 yards long … it tells the tale of William the Conqueror from 1066. This work of art has been preserved since the 11th century. 
    Such an amazing piece of history! Over 76 yards long … it tells the tale of William the Conqueror from 1066. This work of art has been preserved since the 11th century.  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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