In 1803 the Tapestry was required for display at the Musée Napoléon in Paris. However, when Napoleon abandoned his planned invasion of Britain it was returned to Bayeux, as it had lost its value as propaganda.
In Bayeux it was displayed on a vast reel. It was described in a travelogue of 1829:
“It is right, first of all, that you should have an idea how this piece of Tapestry is preserved, or rolled up. You see it here, therefore, precisely as it appears after the person who shews it, takes off the cloth with which it is usually covered.”
Thomas Frognall Dibdin’s Travelogue 1829
In 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War and in 1939-1944 when there were threatened invasions of Normandy, The Tapestry was removed for safe keeping.
After the Liberation of Paris, the Tapestry was displayed in the Louvre and since 1945 it has been held in Bayeux where it is displayed in the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.