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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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Great place to take visitors, especially the more technically minded

I live and work in Southampton and am very proud of this museum. It's a most amazing collection of aircraft built in the last 100 years in factories and workshops around... read more

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

I live and work in Southampton and am very proud of this museum. It's a most amazing collection of aircraft built in the last 100 years in factories and workshops around Southampton and the Isle of Wight. Of course there is the Spitfire but so much more as well, especially seaplanes and flying boats . Southampton must have been a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every inch of space is used in this brilliant museum. Volunteers Robert and Steve were happy to add lots of extra bits of info and insights. This is such an excellent example of keeping real history alive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An elderly gentleman from the nursing home where i am a manger visited this museum with a staff member. He could not have been treated any better. He was ex RAF and loved every minute. The staff at this museum were wonderful, kind and respectful and he had a great time. Thank you so much for making someones day.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

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 23 November 2016 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 22 November 2016

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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