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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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Short Sandringham Flying Boat - top interactive exhibit!

The key exhibit - a Short Sandringham Flying Boat - sits in the middle of the museum and you can go inside where the sheer size of the plane becomes evident. There is also a short... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Took 13 year old grandson here - neither of us terribly interested in planes but found it interesting. The star exhibit is the flying boat which, even to me with my limited knowledge, was totally AMAZING! There are smaller planes and models of planes hung or placed all around it, but the flying boat dominates the interior space. Really breathtaking,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The key exhibit - a Short Sandringham Flying Boat - sits in the middle of the museum and you can go inside where the sheer size of the plane becomes evident. There is also a short vertical ladder to the cockpit which a volunteer will happily show you around if requested. The museum has a good portfolio of aircraft including... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Took my older two children to the museum. We had a great couple of hours and the volunteers there were attentive to the children. Could use a larger space now as I fear it has probably outgrown its building

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Modest entrance cost for what is a fairly basic site, crammed with all things aviation. We visited with two adults and two children (7 & 9) and spent a couple of hours taking it all in - though I think we would have struggled to spend much more time there. The staff are excellent - clearly loving what they do... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

There are a remarkable number of exhibits considering the size of the museum area. Children we have taken to the exhibition have found it very interesting.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A great museum full of history highly recommended it easy to get to the staff are knowledgeable one of the best on the south coast

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Love this museum. Good atmosphere, some unusual aircraft and great guides. Well worth a visit for the aircraft aficionado!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A great compact museum punching well above its weight with some great craft. More importantly there is always someone on hand to answer questions and give an interesting account of exhibits. A charity which is well deserving of our support!

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Tiverton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

So many aircraft in such a small space,it was amazing, & plenty of information to go with it. Good for a few hours browsing, would be an ideal place to go on a wet day perhaps.Jacki Lewis

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

After a bit of a nightmare journey trying to find this museum in a rather derelict part of Southampton, we were very impressed at the exhibits on show. If you miss the small Solent Sky museum you are onto a toll bridge with no u turn, so had to pay twice just to get back. Although there is quite a... More 

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