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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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My husband wanted to go here for his birthday with our two boys and they loved it, I was less than enthusiatic but actually enjoyed it too! Having a guided tour of the huge plane... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My husband wanted to go here for his birthday with our two boys and they loved it, I was less than enthusiatic but actually enjoyed it too! Having a guided tour of the huge plane that lands on water (can you tell this isn't my thing!) & sitting in Maureen O'Hara's seat onboard (she used to own it) was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Hidden away a stone's throw from Ocean Village is a fine collection of aeroplanes. Knowledgeable staff are more than willing to answer any questions you might have. You can climb aboard the flying boat and sometimes it is possible to get into the cockpit. Not suitable for toddlers as they get a bit bored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The Solent Sky Museum is a small building (for a museum), but it packs in a wealth of aviation heritage. Unlike many museums, you can get close to the exhibits here and discover much about aviation in the days before the jet engine. It is somewhat out of the way, relative to other tourist sites in Southampton, but on-street parking... More 

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

A far as museums go Solent Sky is rather small, however they have packed in the exhibits, so there is a lot to see, though the cramped nature of the building does make taking photographs a little difficult, though short of moving or removing exhibits, both of which are impractical this cannot be helped. In terms of the range of... More 

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Karmiel, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Imagine a museum assembled by a group of 13-year-olds for a school history project. This museums is hopelessly amateurish, complete with freakish mannequins that look like circa 1950s (and not in a good way). Museum is staffed by cheerful volunteers. Worth it to see the Spitfire and sit in the cockpit of an RAF Harrier jet, but honestly!

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Chris S, Front Office Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Solent Sky is an Arts Council England Accredited Museum, meaning we have reached the highest national standards for managing collections effectively for the enjoyment and benefit of the public. For a small independent museum such as ourselves, which receives no government funding, this is a considerable achievement of which we are very proud. I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

My wife and I had a great time at the museum. Spent most of the day and thoroughly enjoyed the staff. Great stories, very informative, and great sense of humor! Really enjoyed the hands-on experience of the exhibits, especially climbing aboard the Sunderland Short (Sandringham) flying boat. Enjoyed learning about the role of Southampton aviation history. Thanks to Steve, Mike,... More 

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

this is a great museum to visit in southampton. plenty of old planes to see. a hidden gem to waste an afternoon in. adults or with kids, will be enjoyed by all as something for everyone. finished off with a cheap meal at wetherspoons around the corner

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Surrey, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The main reason for this visit was to take my 16 year old son to see the Short Sandringham flying boat, the main exhibit in the museum. His grandfather worked on similar aircraft before and after WW2 and retained a deep affection for that period in aviation. The museum is packed with aircraft associated with the area, focusing particularly on... More 

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The last time I had visited this attraction was many years ago, rather more than I care to admit, and having friends to stay, looking for somewhere to visit on a day when the weather was a tad uncertain, we had the idea of returning once again to this museum. Although it has not changed much over the years, it's... More 

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

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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Address: Address: Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8063 5830
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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