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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Great Museum, next to where the Spitfire began

The Birthplace of the Spitfire, well, very close to it. Nice example of a full size spit on display with a huge Sunderland right in the middle (which you can go on) lots to see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Birthplace of the Spitfire, well, very close to it. Nice example of a full size spit on display with a huge Sunderland right in the middle (which you can go on) lots to see, well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Solent Sky Museum is nearing the end of a fairly long list of aircraft museums I want to visit in the South of England and stood up well to others of a similar size, but could never complete with the likes of Hendon, nor would expect to. It is a little bit tucked away in a area of the... More 

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Yaxley, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not really an aeroplane enthusiast but went because my husband is. It was really interesting and I found that I wanted to find out more. The volunteer was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, also quite amusing. A couple of hours,well spent!

Thank Mim54321
St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a bit out of the way but when found well worth the effort. exhibits ,some unique all shown in pristeen condition.

Thank bryan744
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friend recommended this museum if in Southampton. A brisk ten minute walk from West Quays finds you at the front door of this gem. Very helpful staff are eager to explain the exhibits and answer any queries. I could not believe the amount of planes in this small museum. A full size Sandringham Short Flying boat, the place must... More 

Thank nickk355
Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not the biggest aircraft museum in the world but boy didn't let that put you off. The volunteer staff couldn't be more welcoming or helpful. What I liked was the details, we all know that Southampton was the home of the Spitfire (of course they have one) but they also have it's forerunner the Super Marine. They also have photo's... More 

Thank Ed W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Little museum, but with lots in it. The museum personal is friendly and passionate, don't hesitate to ask them any questions. However the location is not very good, but thanks to Google maps is easy to find.

Thank reynair
Southampton, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This little museum near Ocean Village is a little gem. Inside you will find all sorts of interesting facts about the history of the spitfire and its links to Southampton. Also the history of the Schneider trophy. There is a full sized sea plane inside which is fascinating to explore. The staff were very knowledgeable. This is an older museum... More 

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Midland Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In July 2015 we visited the Solent Sky Museum. While it's a relatively small one in terms of aviation museums, it's quality and friendliness makes up for any space limitations. It tells the story of the Spitfire in the city where it was developed. the displays and aircraft in the museum are impressive, but also very impressive is the staff,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The exhibition hall is full to the brim with interesting exhibits. To sit on the flight deck of the passenger version of a Sunderland flying boat and in the cockpits of modern military jets is a great experience. The volunteer staff are friendly and helpful. UK tax payers don't forget to make your entrance contribution charitable - these places need... More 

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