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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
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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Hidden little gem!

More a visit for my husband than myself, but quite an eye opener for the size of the hanger! Lots of information to read and look at, and the planes were exceptional.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

More a visit for my husband than myself, but quite an eye opener for the size of the hanger! Lots of information to read and look at, and the planes were exceptional.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The museum has some amazing exhibits but it is shabby and grossly underfunded. Southampton Council should be ashamed that is has this remarkable asset which it ignores.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Some excellent examples of aviation history with a good number of unique exhibits - particularly of the Flying Boat and Spitfire eras.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

great little museum, great for families, You can even climb into a plane and sit as a passenger and look around in cock pit. No food facilities which is a shame.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We visited this museum a couple of weeks ago on a rainy afternoon.It was a really great couple of hours(yes we are interested in aviation!!)So much stuff.It was a little hard to see some of the smaller displays with the lighting, but overall, we really liked it.The flying boat is amazing-its massive, and really strange to sit inside the passenger... More 

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Eastleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This was my first visit and I cannot understand why it has taken me so long. As ex RAF-extended national service- I was more than agreeably surprised by the range of exhibits which brought back happy memories. The Short Sandringham flying boat dominates and it was great to go inside her, but there is so much more. If you have... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We visited with our young sons on a rainy afternoon, I wasn't sure what to expect seeing as it's not really advertised and is quite hidden out of the way but I was very glad that we'd made the trip! Quite a cheap entrance fee (considering most places these days!). The place had so much more inside than you would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Having visited this museum several times the one thing that always strikes me is the sheer potential bottled up inside it and what it could be, if it changed its ways a bit and was not hampered by the local council. The building itself and its location is half the problem, its hidden away at the bottom end of Southampton,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

I took my partner to the Museum last Saturday as he has a passion for planes. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and took some lovely photos. A little gem of a place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had time to kill a nd a friend had told us about this place. We are so pleased we went. Small charge to get in. Lots to see and info too. You can go inside the water plane, it is huge.

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