The museum houses the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-m long piece of embroidery 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 in 1066.
Listed in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register since 2007, the Bayeux Tapestry is a true masterpiece of Romanesque art. It is an embroidery on canvas made in the 11th century, within a few years after the battle.
The tapestry is embroidered in crewel (wool yarn) on a tabby-woven linen ground 68.38 metres long and 0.5 metres wide (224.3 ft x 1.6 ft) and using two methods of stitching: outline or stem stitch for lettering and the outlines of figures, and couching or laid work for filling in figures
Other activities nearby include:
Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.
A unique museum of 2,300 m2 enabling you to immerse yourself in the Battle of Normandy, from the preparation of D-Day to August 29th 1944:
Duration of the visit: from 30 min to 1h30
150 metres from the museum, the Michel d’Ornano car park but with limited spaces or Place de Quebec, Bayeu, 14400 parking.
The guide narrates the story of the tapestry with vivid details and really helps put you in the scene of the intrigue and battle displayed in the tapestry.
(available in 14 languages)
The film reveals the historical context, the stakes, intrigues and battles... Special effects, animated characters from the Tapestry, and reconstruction of the Battle of Hastings. Screenings every 40 minutes (duration 16 minutes, high definition images and sound).
A large choice of books, souvenirs, household linen, games and stationery is available in the boutique of the museum.
SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.