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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 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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A disclosure - I'm an aviation historian, so I have a special interest and affinity for aviation museums. And within it's constraints, this is a good one. Housed in a purpose... read more

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a museum run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Lots of planes, plane parts and the history of how the Spitfire came to be built and won the war. Men I was with would have spent hours here if I let them. Interesting photos in a room at the back taken just before and after the Blitz in Southampton. Shocking... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A disclosure - I'm an aviation historian, so I have a special interest and affinity for aviation museums. And within it's constraints, this is a good one. Housed in a purpose built facility some 25 years ago, the building is starting to show its age a bit, but there's no room for a lot of expansion due to subsequent development... More 

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Obviously run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts this is well worth a visit , if only to see inside a rare flying boat which was very interesting. Could do with better lighting as some of the displays were different to see but then ,like many of these smaller museums,could be down to cost saving .

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really found our visit to this museum very interesting and informative. We were amazed at the size of some of the planes and the amount of different exhibits - everything from first flights to an Apollo space suit! All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Solent Sky Museum in October this year and found it very interesting. What other Museum displays an Australian Ansett Airways flying boat in original condition? The displays were mainly showing the history of Southampton and aircraft manufacturing in the region since the First World War. This museum is well worth visiting for anyone who is interested in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum, nice stuff which speaks German fluently. Really interesting, definitely have to while in Southampton. Lots of important history!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place. Run by volunteers, and a little chaotic due to lack of space, but with amazing displays. It really could do with a larger building, especially as they are getting a Walrus flying boat soon. The aircraft on display here are amazing, including a Spitfire and Sandringham Flying Boat. The history of all the Solent companies... More 

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Abingdon UK.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a little gem of a place... Now I have wished to visit here for a long time, but only having a short window of opportunity, due to time constraints.. Packed to the rafters with aviation memorabilia. With a background in engineering, I tend to view things from a construction point of view aswell as in an historical way. The... More 

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Niagara Area, Ontario. Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is an excellent museum, that is a hidden gem in Southampton. It has an extensive collection of aircraft and artifacts and really needs a larger facility to show it all off. I expected it to be short visit, but I easily filled two hours walking around. If you have any interest in aircraft/Spitfire or the battle of Britain, its... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

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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