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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 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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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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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

From the outside the Solent Sky museum looks small and uninteresting with a modern plain warehouse for a building . Once inside it is amazing how many planes there are on view and not just small ones…….the large passenger sea plane is amazing to look at as well as go inside it …very helpful staff with lots of useful knowledge... More

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york
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

An obviously enthusiastic and knowledgeable member of staff greeted us to this eclectic collection of aeronautica.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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

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

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