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Address: Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
Phone Number: +44 23 8063 5830
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

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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fine aircraft museum

run by volunteers this is a really good museum featuring many exhibits relating to the Spitfire and may others. There are (considering it's relativly small size) many decent... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

run by volunteers this is a really good museum featuring many exhibits relating to the Spitfire and may others. There are (considering it's relativly small size) many decent exhibits including a full size FLYING BOAT. Off the beaten track (you could say hidden or forgotten) between the Itchen Bridge and Ocean Village you could pass the metal and glass "shed"... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An excellent museum, documenting the place Southampton played in aviation history, particularly during WW2, with both large and small firms being involved. It is a pity that the off-road concrete areas surrounding the museum are not utilised for visitor parking, thereby avoiding quite expensive on street parking charges.

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Havant, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic day out for my son & I . He absolutely Loves Spitfires so this was the best place to bring him

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Newport, Isle of Wight
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum features fascinating exhibits including a number of live aircraft. What they have in common is that they were built in the Solent (between Selsey Bill and Chichester and from Southampton to teh Isle of Wight. Britain's Empire was linked by a fabulous network of flying boats that had their base at Southampton close to teh museum. And you... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful, just wonderful. Yes, as some here have moaned, the place is cramped, dim inside, dusty and a bit tatty, that's undeniable, but it's a real tribute to the band of enthusiasts who run the place on a shoestring. Most of the exhibits are unique, and where else is it possible to see things like this? All younger visitors should... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I first came to live in Southampton 26 years ago, there was a Shorts Shackleton flying boat moored at Calshot. Sadly if you want to see a flying boat now, you have to go to Solent Sky. However, I having been coming here for years and it is a very special place to visit. Southampton has a long and... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just spent a couple of hours at the Solent Sky Museum and was very pleasantly surprised. Didn't realise quite how much there would be to see in what looked like quite a small building. Lots of aircraft and other exhibits all displayed with plenty of information to read. There are several enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers on hand to answer questions... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful Aviation Museum. Exhibits have been lovingly restored by mainly volunteers who are there to discuss the displays and the aircraft history. A small area with so much history. An Ansett Airlines Sunderland (flying boat) held great interest for us.....my husband flew this from Rose Bay Sydney. Well worth a visit .

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great few hours here and the volunteers are great. You can sit in the cockpits of jet fighters, see a spitfire and have a guided tour in the flying boat. Don't forget a donation on the way out as it relies on funding.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First impression was that a lot more light is needed to show off many of the exhibits. The saying is "Squeezing a quart into a pint pot" In this case its "squeezing a gallon into a pint pot" The Sandringham flying boat dominates the whole museum, which is a pity because there is so much aviation history tied up with... More 

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