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“Nice little musuem”
Review of Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum
Ranked #1 of 130 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.
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Good museum with some interesting exhibits - not big so takes less then 2 hours to see everything.

We loved the sea plane which you can go inside - very unusual.

2  Thank Hanter2512
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Unique out of the way museum with a lot to look at. Definitely would recommend for anyone to go to that has even the slightest interest in planes

2  Thank jamie M
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Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Hidden away just outside the main drag drab places of Southampton is this little beauty of a museum.the staff know their stuff.well worth a visit.

4  Thank steveblanks555555
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I wanted to find something to do for my sons during the summer term on a day trip to Southampton on the 5 Aug 2014. I googled museums & activities. It was on about the 3rd page of google, but it took my interest as my boys are plane mad. Although the museum is a long walk from the centre of town. I was pleased that we finally made it. My sons 6 & 8 were in there element. The eldest loved the Spitfire and the the Beachcomber was amazing to go around and sit in the seats and imagine flying in her. We had a private tour of the beachcomber cockpit which made the trip all the more impressive. My sons were very happy they had visited. The staff were lovely and knowledgeable and my son was able to talk about the Princess flying boat as well. We did buy a magazine about the museum which was handy as now my husband wants to visit as well. A little unknown museum that was very impressive to 2 plane mad children.

3  Thank BestDayToday
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Having read about the museum on tripadvisor we thought it sounded like a good place to visit and we weren't disappointed. This is a fascinating museum particularly if you are interested in aviation history. We particularly enjoyed being able to go inside the large flying boat. Well worth the modest £6.50 entrance fee. Don't be put off by the outside and the surrounding area which is pretty tatty, pop inside and prepare to be surprised by what you find inside!

1  Thank GoldenOldy
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