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Solent Sky Museum

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Address: Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8063 5830
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton...
Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the surrounding Solent area.Geographically this was the most important area in the country, perhaps the world, for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late 1960s. 26 aircraft companies set up shop in the area, and many of the world’s greatest aircraft, including the legendary Spitfire, first took to the air in the skies over Southampton.We have 18 complete airframes, including a Supermarine Spitfire and Supermarine S6a (N248), and also 4 cockpit sections. We also have a comprehensive collection of aero-engines.Our mighty Sandringham Flying Boat was originally built as a Short Sunderland in 1943, and converted to a passenger aircraft after the war. Visitors are welcome to board the aircraft to sample the luxury of air travel in the romantic era of the great flying boats, and guided tours of the flight deck are also available.Kids (and big kids) can also imagine what it would be like to fly a jet fighter while sat in the cockpits of our Supermarine Swift and Harrier Jump Jet. Our new Schneider Trophy Exhibition is now open, with its record-breaking centrepiece the S6a. Video stock footage of these legendary races and artefacts from the time illustrate the drama and romance of the fastest race in history.
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I have driven past this place hundreds of times through the years and always thought I must go in there one day. So I took my 5 year old daughter and we thoroughly enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I have driven past this place hundreds of times through the years and always thought I must go in there one day. So I took my 5 year old daughter and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Mike and Steven are fantastic and explain the exhibits to you. I would recommend this place to anyone

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I took my grand children and they enjoyed seeing the planes close up. It would be a must visit for any aviation enthusiasts, as there are many old planes like the Spitfire, Vampire, and racing planes in this museum. The staff was very helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

Excellent place to visit. Lots of aircraft to see and lots to read. Very helpful staff and lots of interesting collections. Well worth a visit!

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Mytchett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Well worth finding as it is a little out of the way. A must for any aviation enthusiast! It contains many planes that are sole examples!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The museum has quite a handful of historic aircraft, probably the most famous of it being the Spitfire or the DH Vampire, but you can also see some others which are usually not so well known, as the S25 or the S6 racing plane which ultimately led to the spitfire development. Very interesting to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Really great. Lovely helpful staff. This museum is chock full of local and international aviation history. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My husband wanted to go here for his birthday with our two boys and they loved it, I was less than enthusiatic but actually enjoyed it too! Having a guided tour of the huge plane that lands on water (can you tell this isn't my thing!) & sitting in Maureen O'Hara's seat onboard (she used to own it) was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Solent Sky Museum is a small building not far from Oceans Village. It's packed full of Aviation heritage. You can get close to the exhibits and even experience the cockpits (with staff supervision). The staff are extremely friendly and informative. All in all I think that this is a great museum to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Hidden away a stone's throw from Ocean Village is a fine collection of aeroplanes. Knowledgeable staff are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. You can climb aboard the flying boat and sometimes it is possible to get into the cockpit. Not suitable for toddlers as they get a bit bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Solent Sky Museum is a small building (for a museum), but it packs in a wealth of aviation heritage. Unlike many museums, you can get close to the exhibits here and discover much about aviation in the days before the jet engine. It is somewhat out of the way, relative to other tourist sites in Southampton, but on-street parking... More 

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Additional Information about Solent Sky Museum

Address: Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8063 5830
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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