BAYEUX MUSEUM

Opening Hours:

09:00am – 18:30pm

Excursion Details:
  • The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. It is thought to date to the 11th century, within a few years after the battle. It tells the story from the point of view of the conquering Normans, but is now agreed to have been made in England.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry is presented in a darkened space in which only the artefact 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, serve to make the work accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
  • After looking at the Tapestry itself, the visit continues with a permanent exhibition, which presents the secrets of its creation, and a overview of the historical context and the Anglo-Norman kingdom in the 11th century.
  • Finally, 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.
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