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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 77 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is not a huge museum, but the exhibits are excellent with helpful storyboards making for a fascinating, look back to the history of aviation. The museum was originally built to house the star attraction, the Sandringham flying boat, and it was good to experience how conditions must have been on quite long flights even without the noise and vibration.... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The staff very friendly and knowledgeable and museum great and lots to see. The Grandson loved going on the planes and chatting to staff. Easy parking too, great day out.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have lived in the area for a few years but never knew this place existed! What a little gem. With the opportunity of being allowed to access the cockpit of an exhibit plus the focus on the local history, this is a museum which the city should be proud of. I will certainly not hesitate in recommending it and... More

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england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The title sounds a bit harsh but ill try and explain, we made a special journey into southampton to see the museum, sadly its in a very run down area with street parking only, the area i guess you would avoid in hours of darkness. the museum is quite small in comparison to other museums nationally, but saying that what... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Good museum with some interesting exhibits - not big so takes less then 2 hours to see everything. We loved the sea plane which you can go inside - very unusual.

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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Unique out of the way museum with a lot to look at. Definitely would recommend for anyone to go to that has even the slightest interest in planes

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Hidden away just outside the main drag drab places of Southampton is this little beauty of a museum.the staff know their stuff.well worth a visit.

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Tustin, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I wanted to find something to do for my sons during the summer term on a day trip to Southampton on the 5 Aug 2014. I googled museums & activities. It was on about the 3rd page of google, but it took my interest as my boys are plane mad. Although the museum is a long walk from the centre... More

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Alresford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Having read about the museum on tripadvisor we thought it sounded like a good place to visit and we weren't disappointed. This is a fascinating museum particularly if you are interested in aviation history. We particularly enjoyed being able to go inside the large flying boat. Well worth the modest £6.50 entrance fee. Don't be put off by the outside... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I visited Solent Sky Museum on 24/7/2014 to show my friend, Les M. the beautiful Sandringham Flying Boat. Built as a Sunderland in WW2, it was converted after the war into a luxury civil aircraft, a Sandrigham. Les hadn't been on board a flying boat since 1948-1950 when he'd worked & flown with Sunderlands in Singapore.. Once Clare v. kindly... More

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