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Solent Sky Museum

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Address: Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
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+44 23 8063 5830
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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This is a great place to go with friends or family as there is lots of interesting things to do. This is unlike any other museum as you even get the chance to go in the cockpit of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to go with friends or family as there is lots of interesting things to do. This is unlike any other museum as you even get the chance to go in the cockpit of a flying boat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visted during half term it's a real gem the museum is aircraft related which was interesting seeing the way planes were and the photos from the war really made this museum a enjoyable vist and the members of staff clearly enjoy talking about the planes which made it unique if your looking for a great time this museum is somewhere... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love going here as it it was extremely interesting. Very good for all ages and you can even climb aboard some of the exhibits.

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

Barnes Wallace would be impressed with this place only one thing better and that is to see warbirds like this in the air. Roll on summer so this can happen!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good and interesting, lots to see, lots to take in. Good for all ages. Staff (volunteers) are very helpful and passionate about the display.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a very interesting 3 hours learning about the manufacture of the spitfire, seaplanes and Southampton in WW2. Lots of extras being added in the months ahead. Run by an enthusiatic and dedicated group of volunteers.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the Solent Sky museum today and were really impressed by the variety and quality of the exhibits on display. There were various aircraft, the main one being a flying boat that we were actually able to get into and have a look around the cabin and flight deck which we really enjoyed. The staff were very friendly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in today on our way back home. This is simply an amazing place with stacks of history and things to see. How they got that huge flying boat inside is a miracle. The staff were 100% helpful, informative and very friendly. I cannot praise this place enough. If you like aeroplanes, go now :) We will return.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been many times with various grandchildren, and worth going every time, there is so much to see. It is hard to imagine that anyone would not be interested - lots of planes and displays about the history of flying. Particularly the detail about the Spitfire - without which we would not be here today. Parking is easy.

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

so much in a small place must see for yourselves you can interact in some of the exhibits climb in the planes of all shapes and sizes good guides on hand to explain

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