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Solent Sky Museum

Address: Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8063 5830
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Ranked #4 of 156 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Military museums, Museums
Owner description: Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton - Spitfire City - and the...
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Type: Specialty museums, Military museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This hidden gem is the place to visit if you are an aeronautics enthusiast. They have made such an incredible use of its space, fitting in huge and small aircraft. Kids loved being sat in the pilot's seat while engine enthusiasts took photos of the interior of a Spitfire. It is run by enthusiastic volunteers who hold meetings in the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

From the outside, this museum looks very tired, and it is in dire need of investment. Inside it is crammed with bits of planes, planes and other flying machines. There were only a few other visitors when we went on a Saturday afternoon, it really ought to be the sort of place Southampton should use to showcase the important contribution... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Have lived in Southampton for many years and had never been here. Well what a surprise my son and myself found it fantastic and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We got to go into the cockpit of the Sunderland flying boat my son loved the whole experience and the staff answered all the questions he asked. Would recomend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Though cramped it is filled with a large amount of the Solent's aviation heritage. Which was suprising in it's self. The only place in the world where you can sit in the cockpit of a Sunderland/Sandringham flying boat. Staff are friendly, knowledgable

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Well i was in Southampton just for 5 hours and i wanted to spend my time nice. Decided to go to this museum because it seemed to me attractive. Despite the place is small, museum generally is really interesting for plane fans. I think it would be better if they would allow people to get inside all the planes, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Remember this is run by volunteers! Interested staff who opened up cockpits for visitors to sit in, our son loved it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Really friendly staff, interesting exhibits, spent 3 hrs with my daughter (10yrs), was enough to keep her occupied.

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