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Solent Sky Museum

Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
+44 23 8063 5830
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Ranked #4 of 58 Attractions in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the...
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Type: Military Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

THeres lots to see but it feels a bit ramshackle and some of the staff are a bit creepy! there are some fantastic planes to see though and my son got to sit in a fighter jet cockpit and we toured the very large plane in the centre of the building....all in all ok but probably wont visit again because... More 

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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

See the Spitfire! I was amazed by planes and helicopters on view. The kids were thrilled with sitting in the cockpits and they enjoyed a natter with the helpful staff about a project for cubs.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A genuine Supermarine Spitfire, Maureen O'Haras old flying boat & a practice spacesuit ! Whats not to like ? Great value, pay by Gift Aid and get a free annual ticket too. Park in Oxford St & walk in as the Central Bridge roadworks are a pain at the moment. Opposite a Weatherspoons, so decent food & drink is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

I'm a local parent with a 5yr old and an 8yr old and we loved our visit. It's a relatively small museum but packed with planes and information. Staff are friendly and bursting with knowledge. Couldn't recommend enough!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I have never heard my granddaughter rave about a school trip, it was amazing to see her come to life about the history of Southampton. This seems to me so exciting as a sotonian to see the younger generation not being allowed to forget our history. The schools of Southampton should all have an outing to this museum. Well done... More 

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

An excellent museum in an out of way backwater, but worth a detour. After visiting the splendid premises of SeaCity museum I was somewhat surprised to see this museum in a somewhat neglected part of Southampton fortunately a bus dropped me off helpfully only a few hundred yards away.I found out later the number 3 goes even nearer and almost... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is an excellent museum showcasing aviation in Hampshire and the Solent area over the years. The excellent staff are very friendly and happy to both talk about and show you around the exhibits. You can sit in cockpits from a Swift and Harrier and access to the interior and cockpit of the Short Sandringham (civilian Sunderland). Well worth a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Anyone who is interested in flight and the Spitfire must visit. An interesting afternoon , very enjoyable and we loved sitting in the cockpits and the tour of the Sunderland. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Needs more publicity and support.an important part of Southamptons history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

A treasure, tucked away by the end of the Itchen Bridge, it is a must for "propeller-heads" and their children. Some super local history, and hands-on stuff, for the nippers.

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Brillant place with excellent staff. If you son/daughter wants to be a pilot then this a must visit place. Truly amazing experience. This place needs more publicity.

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