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The Hovercraft Museum

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martins0uth wrote a review Oct 2020
Bridgwater, United Kingdom9 contributions5 helpful votes
Always wanted to visit since I saw the museum featured on Salvage Hunters. Although the weather was terrible, in between showers we were able to look at the crafts outside and most exhibits are inside so all good. It was great to see the hovercrafts from James Bond films, this was a bonus. Covid 19 measures were good and a one way system in place. The volunteers that were present were friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. This museum is unique, and as some say lacking in funding and sadly some money needs to be spent. However, just by visiting, buying a guide and having a cuppa will help support this good cause. We spent around 1.5 hours but had weather been nicer perhaps 2 hours. Ticket price I believe was reasonable for the attraction given its a charity. The cafe is only cryptically mentiond in the news section of the website. Lucky we had not stopped on route for a coffee and made use of the cafe. I would visit again, albeit in a few years time.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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aorchowska wrote a review Sep 2020
Hedge End, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
Absolutely amazing attraction, both for individuals as well as families. We went there didn't know what to expect and we are positively surprised. Such unique heritage that you can discover there with a help of passionate people, who are volunteers ! Many thanks for bunch of interesting information, it was a really good day out. We would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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colwynbay2017 wrote a review Sep 2020
London, United Kingdom78 contributions38 helpful votes
A very interesting museum, just off the sea front at lee on the Solent. antibacterial hand gel everywhere. Staff helpful. We spent a few hours there. And we were able to walk round a hovercraft that went over the channel.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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John O wrote a review Aug 2020
Portsmouth, United Kingdom134 contributions78 helpful votes
I very much want to provide a balanced but sincere review of a place I have visited several times. It is important to note that the Hovercraft Museum is the only one in the world and, I think. an important focus on a very under-rated mode of transport. The hovercraft, in my opinion, was never properly exploited in commercial or military use with technical problems being too readily used as excuses to deter potential users. For these reasons, the collection is invaluable but, in reaching that conclusion, one encounters a perennial problem which arises in many transport themed museums. Too many, for myriad reasons, do not achieve the level of preservation to which they aspire. Acquisition of potential exhibits is relatively easy but the sustainment of acquisitions is much harder. So many museums and similar organisations rely on volunteers and precarious funding and, more recently, have been hamstrung by the consequences of Covid-19. The Hovercraft Museum has, as I have written, a worthy collection but, my goodness, a lot of it could do with a bit of attention to ensure its longer term survival. I was extremely displeased with the scrapping on site of SRN4 'The Princess Margaret', justified at the time as enabling space and resource for museum development and, in particular, the restoration of the sole survivor of the type 'The Princess Anne'. That restoration, even allowing for the many hurdles presented by 2020, has seemed slow. I was not impressed by the signage associated with Covid measures and, with the additional hindrance of the inevitable mask, felt distracted throughout my visit. The entrance fee is entirely reasonable, the volunteers pleasant and eager but part of my heart tells me that this place needs much more effort.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Gary T wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions2 helpful votes
We went with other family members and children and all had a very good time. I was surprised at the number and different types and size of hovercraft on view. There is sufficient information provided and some video to see on the different types of hovercraft. There are enough volunteers around the museum to ask specific questions and they have a great knowledge and first hand experience of travelling on some of the hovercraft. All these things combined, impressed me with this museum and I was grateful to have made my visit. It’s also okay to visit on a rainy day as some exhibits are indoors! A good museum.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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