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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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12:00 pm - 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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We travel the world & often visit aircraft museums but didn't even know we had one 5 miles away until I found a Travelzoo offer. It's only small but definitely worth a visit. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We travel the world & often visit aircraft museums but didn't even know we had one 5 miles away until I found a Travelzoo offer. It's only small but definitely worth a visit. The highlight was how close you can get to the exhibits especially being able to see the cockpit of the Spitfire & go right inside the Flying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

A volunteer run museum with planes and equipment illustrating the early days of Britain's air industry. The highlight is the opportunity to get inside one of those flying boats which once took travellers as far as Australia, landing on lakes and rivers as well as the sea.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Super little museum - grandchildren (ages 9 & 5) both really enjoyed their visit, and voted it the "best museum in the world" .... though they haven't a big repertoire of other museums! Enjoyed climbing up to flight deck of the "flying boat" .... and impressed by the amount of space passengers enjoyed (cf Ryan Air / Flybe !) Can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited the museum not expecting too much, just a way to spend an hour but we were very impressed. Right from the reception staff to all the guides walking around, Everyone was very friendly and I particularly liked that they made a huge effort with my 3 year old son. He got a badge, some pictures and they took... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Only heard of Solent Sky Museum because it featured on the news, because of a theft. We went the next day (Easter Monday) as we wanted to see the Sunderland Flying Boat. Staffed by just two knowledgeable men, it lacks the glitz of some museums and perhaps could do with some funding to add sparkle. However what it lacks in... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a great museum especially for aviation enthusiasts. The best being the flying boat which you can go inside which is amazing. The guides were very informative and interesting. Being able to sit in some of the cockpits made the experience very worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is one of those rare museums enjoyed by kids. It's a must see if you are in Southampton. The fact you can sit in cockpits and get up close is great. The whole museum being quite small is great as you can backtrack without problems. You also feel by paying an entrance fee that you are indeed contributing. The... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

Having taken my family (wife and children aged 6 and 3) to this museum, I was very impressed. The whole place inside, although crammed full of exhibits, was safe for the kids, easy to get around, and clean and tidy. There are two exhibits for the kids (and adults) to sit in, which really made their day, and when my... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We are enjoy and there,the staff was friendly,have a good experience the kids was happy to feel and know more about aircraft .

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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

It is wonderful to find a museum with so many, and varied, artifacts on display. It's great to see that they have not been displaced by an 'experience' or overblown 'interactivities'. Congratulations on presenting, so well, the long association with Southampton and aviation from its early days up to the present. My friend and I had a great day out.... More 

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