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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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10:00 am - 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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Great small museum

A lot is crammed into such a small museum space. Pleasant to walk around with very knowledgeable staff around with many stories to tell. Great to kill about an hour or so unless... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A lot is crammed into such a small museum space. Pleasant to walk around with very knowledgeable staff around with many stories to tell. Great to kill about an hour or so unless you are a real aviation buff then maybe longer.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Had a private group tour, but have visited during normal opening. A collection of exhibits celebrating the Solent area's contribution to aviation and aerospace; which is extensive. Key exhibits include a massive flying boat and a Spitfire. There are also a number of prototypes, cockpit sections and explanatory wall displays. It is located in a somewhat tatty area of the... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Hidden gem, great guides who are very friendly and the building itself is very airy building with a lot more exhibits than you might imagine from the outside. I loved going on board the seaplane - what a way to travel. The cafe operates a 'honesty box' with snacks and drinks.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Visited here whilst in Southampton overnight. Only a small museum but crammed with aircraft and aviation artefacts. The chance to sit in, and then climb to the cockpit of a flying boat was amazing. Staff here are very friendly and helpful and this makes the visit even more enjoyable.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Having driven past this Museum for many years, when I finally bothered to go in I realised how much I had been missing. A very freindly and airy building with a lot more exihibits than you might imagine from the outside.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Not a huge museum but they certainly utilise the space available to the maximum. Good for both plane enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in local history. I loved going on board the sea plane - what a way to travel. Only downside was that the café facilities are very limited. We would have been tempted by tea and cake... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Took my grandson here and was over whelmed by how big it is inside it holds so many planes and and their history behind them is fascinating. Go here for a good history lesson the home of the spit fire it's very interesting and the staff are there to tell some stories they were very polite . Overall top marks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great Museum. Highly recommended. Staff very helpful and informative. Well worth a visit. Great for classic car clubs - car parking available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Well laid out and very interesting collection of aircraft, artifacts and models outlining the history of aviation in the local area around the Solent. Well worth a visit for adults but my 4 and 7 year old grandchildren also enjoyed themselves.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I took advantage of a coupon offer (Groupon or Travel Zoo or someone along those lines!) and took my kids and my Dad on a heavily rainy Friday (inset day I think). Ok, so its like stepping back in time - there isn't anything interactive, some of the dust is older than me, some of the lightbulbs probably blew out... More 

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