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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
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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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An interesting and informative museum

Full of interesting aircraft from seaplanes to Spitfires and the earlier jets. Also a wealth of information about the blitz in Southampton and how Spitfire production continued... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Full of interesting aircraft from seaplanes to Spitfires and the earlier jets. Also a wealth of information about the blitz in Southampton and how Spitfire production continued after the bombing of the Supermarine factory. Hands on, with opportunities to sit in the cockpit of early jets and experience what it was like to travel as a passenger in a flying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great way to spend an hour or two if you are interested in aviation and history. Great exhibition with lots of planes, videos and war and flight memorabilia. Set over 2 floors with friendly and informative staff. Running on a shoe string and dedication of those that support it. Worth a visit if in the area. Definitely makes you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this interesting and well set out in quite cramped space. Recommend a visit and make a financial contribution to enable it to continue and expand.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a small but wonderfully set-out museum. I took young boys, expecting to be around it in about 20 minutes. However, on arrival, they were asked if they were Scouts (Yes). They were offered a special question sheet. It fired up their enthusiasm and it took us two hours! The friendly and helpful curator then marked and signed their... More 

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Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Walking around inside a Short Sunderland flying boat and putting my head into the cockpit of a Spitfire was fascinating, but it was equally interesting to learn more of the role played by the Southampton area in World War 2. A "must visit".

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dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Do not know how we missed visiting this museum for so many years it is excellent Being able to go inside the seaplane was a real treat. We originally went to the museum to see the old photos of Southampton during the Blitz. So much to see ,on street parking with meters at the side of the museum ,allow at... More 

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Thank stjean11
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum Lots of interesting facts about the aircraft there. Don't miss out on checking out the Sandringham flying boat, Make sure you visit the cockpit. A very enjoyable trip.

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Thank WeilBouk
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a little difficult to get to and not much parking around but the museum exhibits are very worthwhile taking the time to see. My favourite is the Mk.24 Spitfire, not just because its a "Spit" but its the last of the line and so much different. Southampton's vital connection with early aviation is portrayed and the Supermarine early flying... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived int he area all my life and known about this place for ages but it is so close I have never visited before. What a little jewel of a museum this is, full of information and great exhibits. This museum tells the story of the surrounding area for aircraft production, record breaking, and the people and area too... More 

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Thank Gordon M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little hidden gem in southampton is a must for any engineering or aviation enthusiasts who want to get up and close with some great hardware. There is also an extensive history of Southamptons involvement in innovation in the industry. (Not just the spitfires!) It makes and excellent rainy day activity and is in desperate need of more visitors! Did... More 

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