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“Very interesting”
Review of Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum
Ranked #1 of 133 things to do in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

Although this a small museum there are a lot of interesting exhibits. The Sandringham flying boat is the obvious star of the show having been restored to its former glory. Ask to visit the flight deck its well worth it.

The staff who are all volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful which makes the visit well worth while.

Visited September 2013
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David M, Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this review, 7 October 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We may not be the largest aircraft museum, but we think we're one of the friendliest! As most of our staff are volunteers, we are here for the love of it and the passion to preserve our local and national aviation heritage.
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Not impressed”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

We really did not enjoy our visit. The museum was small, dusty and poorly designed. There wasn't a great deal for the children to interact with and we came away after only a short time. The only real thing of interest was the flying boat. Poor value for money.

Visited July 2013
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David M, Manager at Solent Sky Museum, responded to this review, 7 October 2013
Thank you for your review. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit - we do try to ensure that our visitors have a really enjoyable time, as stated on most of our Trip Advisor reviews. Most children seems to enjoy sitting in jet fighter cockpits and going on board the flying boat, while the younger children also enjoy the gentler pastimes of drawing and colouring at the tables -.it's nice to get away from electronic games occasionally! Our army of volunteers do try to dust the aircraft daily, but some aircraft, by virtue of their size are difficult to access to clean thoroughly on a daily basis.
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“Do not be put off by the exterior”
Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

Well we had seen the trip advisor reviews and by chance on our way back to our hotel one evening we stumbled across the museum.... Well it must not be open any more we decided as from the outside it looked unused. After checking again we went and investigated further the next day and we are so glad we did! Excellent exhibits brilliant staff.... Fascinating we could have spent many more hours exploring. Worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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“Fun and Educational”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Great info, friendly, helpful staff and plenty of hands on experience for adults and children alike. Highlight is the the Sandringham, the flying boat which you can explore inside and under guidance from staff, even go up to the flight deck and sit in the pilots' seats.
You can also try out the cockpits of a couple of RAF fighters of different vintages, which proved especially popular with the six year old would-be pilot in our group!
Easy to find (follow the tourist signs), on street parking plentiful, reasonable entrance price.

Visited August 2013
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“Forgotten gem in Sothampton”
Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

This place suffers from its location and a lack of advertising - I've lived in Southampton for 3 years and hadn't heard of it until recently. There is a really interesting set of aircraft packed into this little museum. A few of the exhibits are a little dated but I'm assuming money is tight. The place is clean and the exhibits tidy if sometimes a little wordy - there's a lot of information here! The seaplane is spectacular and the friendly and well-informed staff are on hand to give you a tour of the flying deck. The entry price is not expensive, and I would encourage more people to visit so the museum team can continue their excellent work.

Visited August 2013
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