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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 #3 of 68 attractions in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Military Museums
Owner description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the surrounding Solent area.Geographically this was the most... more » 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. « less
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Can't believe they got so many plane in that little place, really interesting and the staff are all so knowledgeable, a real treat for the enthusiast!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

What a great day, informative and fun. My 5 year old had a great day out and had lots of fun, the staff were very friendly and well informed, but not overbearing. The only small downside was the lack of an equipped cafe facility, but a small price to pay.

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Chris S, Front Office Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - I’m delighted you enjoyed your day out with us! Our café is newly open and is a “work in progress”. As an independent museum, budgets are tight, and so we have provided a simple seating area with a coffee machine and snacks as a first step towards building a full café facility. Again, thank... More

selsey
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Visited this "gem" of Southamptn for 2nd time wth my son.Still just as interesting as when 1st visited yrs ago. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff if we hd a question to ask,esp Robert who was v knowledgeable. Thank you!

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great museum, worth a visit down just to see the Saro jet fighter flying jet fighter alone! If your other half wants to do the shops, head down to this great museum and will be a couple of hours well spent.

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

First Class displays,given the severe space restrictions for so many real machines. Was that really a genuine SR A-1 ,the other prototype is at the bottom of the Solent if my schoolboy memory serves me aright!The Supermarine S5A was of particular interest to my guest from New Zealand.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Having only visited the museum when I was a child I thought it would be great for our Son to have a look around and explore the collection. He really enjoyed exploring inside the large Seaplane and it was great thinking what it would have been like travelling in one. At first our son was weary walking around with the... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

My 2-year-old son loves planes and I finally realised this would be a great place to visit. There is a great variety of planes and there is a classic large passenger plan open to go inside and sitting down. Enjoyable and interesting for people who know nothing about plane and those who are aircraft experts. Staff are very friendly and... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Child friendly, and a great place to visit on a wet day. All the family, 8 of us, including parents and grandparents found something of interest.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a lovely morning here. The staff are passionate and great at guiding you round and explaining what's what. The highlight was sitting in and going into the roof of the plane that hangs up! Really interesting story behind it too. Well worth a trip. Good value for money.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Really enjoyed our visit yesterday, a real gem hidden in the centre of Southampton. The staff were helpful and enthusiastic and there was so much packed into the space. Good value for money and nice to get away from electronic gadgets and see some important history. Really think the museum would benefit from some sort of advertising, perhaps on the... More

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