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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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Went this week with my grandchildren 7 and 10. They loved it especially being able to sit in a Harrier cockpit and inside the Sunderland plane. Lots of other planes and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went this week with my grandchildren 7 and 10. They loved it especially being able to sit in a Harrier cockpit and inside the Sunderland plane. Lots of other planes and memorabilia. 2hrs flew by. Paul (Southampton)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good attraction for a cold day! The children enjoyed climbing up into the seaplane and sitting in a Spitfire cockpit.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

So many activities for the whole family are situated outside so planning a venue for 4 adults and a 12,7 and 4 year old can be tricky.Solent sky is a gem.The children were given quizzes to suit their individual ages and the volunteers were brilliant at involving them in sitting in cockpits and encouraging photos to be taken.History was made... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Some great exhibits but itsd all looking just a bit tired. Last went there over 20 years ago and nothing seems to have changed. The area is very run down and the building needs a jolly good clean. Interesting for the older generation but youngsters quickly get bored.

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Thank seadog2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We popped in during a day out in Southampton and it was a really interesting place, showing some amazing aircraft.

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Thank andysmith20161
Cheddar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great attraction for the family, many rare exhibits with very knowledgeable friendly staff offering their assistance. Well set out and a must visit if you are in Southampton or the surrounding area. Will be going back in the future, thankyou.

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Brilliant day it's not great for a babies but it is well worth a visit and we defiantly will be coming back thank you for the day and help

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Thank Steve S
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and i took our three year old grandson to the museum, who i thought might be too young..Shown around by the lovely gentlemen who work there, we had an interesting and informative afternoon.

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Thank Diane506
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this museum with friends whilst in Southampton to go on a cruise, I would really recommend it! There's so much to see (I won't try and name all the exhibits as I'll get most of the names wrong!) that it will easily keep you occupied for a good hour or two, and is suitable for young and old alike.... More 

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Formby, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a day trip to this museum after reading this was the no1 attraction in Southampton. Trust me it's not. Load of dusty old planes in a hot tin shed. With boring disinterested staff. Rip off for £5.

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