Located close to the D-Day Landings beaches, the medieval city of Bayeux is living history.
The Bayeux Tapestry, tells the epic story, in wool thread embroidered on linen cloth, of William, Duke of Normandy who became King of England in 1066 after the Battle of Hastings. The Museum is an impressive building, organised in three sections. It is a must-see for any history fan and make for a fantastic trip to France.
William, seventh duke of Normandy became William the Conqueror after his coronation in England on December 25, 1066. He was one of the most powerful monarchs of Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
The Bayeux Tapestry is presented in a darkened space in which only the piece itself is lit. Audio-guide commentaries in 16 languages including versions for children in French and English, and scenes in 3D relief for the visually impaired, fully help understand the context of its making and its historical relevant for centuries.
The museum also features a permanent exhibition, which presents the secrets of the tapestry’s making, and a overview of the historical context and the Anglo-Norman kingdom in the 11th century. On the second floor, a 16-minute film, screened alternately in French and English, shows how the story told by the Bayeux Tapestry unfolds, including reconstructions of real scenes from the Battle of Hastings.