Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum, Southampton

Solent Sky Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Steve R
Guernsey, UK11 contributions
A big little museum in Southampton
Oct 2021
A museum that is bursting with information about aviation in and around Southampton with a lot of very rare exhibits. Not all aviation though as there are rooms concentrating on the police and the fire service, along with their roles in the heavy bombing of Southampton during the war.

Packed with information and exhibits and extremely well laid out. You can spend hours here and only scratch the surface of what can be seen.

The staff are both extremely well versed with information on the exhibits and enthusiastic in explaining the background behind them.

Well worth a visit.
Written 21 October 2021
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Jarczyk
Chichester24 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2021
This is a hidden gem in Southampton. Its tucked away, but close to Ocean Village.
There are many interesting aircraft including Spitfire and Flying Boat. The displays are well laid out and cover the history of Supermarine and other local aircraft manufacturers. You can normally climb in the cockpits of the aircraft- there are some covid restrictions in place currently.
Its well worth a visit and the staff are friendly and well informed.
Parking is on street and metered - £2.50 for 2 hours.
Written 21 October 2021
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Bikerinasuit
UK25 contributions
Brilliant Museum, a real little Gem. So much history in one building.
Aug 2021
What a Gem...where else in the world are you allowed to sit on board one of the worlds last flying boat airliners? Just brilliant and this alone made the visit worthwhile.
The home of the Machine that preceded the spitfire and the home of one of the Last Spitfires ever made.
Great Museum, great for KIds, grown ups, school trips, Scouts and air Cadets...we had a great time
Written 18 October 2021
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Corinne H
2 contributions
More than a Spitfire
Oct 2021 • Couples
Very interesting museum for those interested in aviation history. The staff and volunteers are all very informative and friendly. The additional information about the fire service through history was also interesting. And the details of the police forces through the ages were also something to note.
Written 13 October 2021
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Barry
20 contributions
Historic museum capturing Southampton’s big role
Aug 2021 • Friends
I visited this museum with two young kids in mid August. We were greeted by cheerful and extremely helpful staff. There is a huge amount of history packed into a relatively small space. Good value for money and ensures important history is passed onto the next generation. Great way to spend a couple of hours.
Written 20 September 2021
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SheepTravel _Family
27 contributions
Amazing Aviation!!!
Aug 2021 • Family
When we visited Solent Sky we very much enjoyed learning about aviation and sailing. Solent Sky was very interactive in a sense of you could go inside one of the flying boats, You could climb into cockpits and have loads of fun learning about flying boats. We will definitely be coming back here!
Written 30 August 2021
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CamR
1 contribution
Great trip for a family
Jul 2021
I came with my two boys (both under 9 years) and it was brilliant! The genuinely interested and knowledgeable guides were on hand to help with information and give out a quiz without being too intrusive. Loads to see and fantastic for them to be able to climb into a cockpit and visit the interior of the flying boat ( which I loved also). So much to see and learn about, nice photo opportunities (sitting on the police motorbike, cockpit etc), colouring in and well judged quiz for children.
Great for an hour and a half of exploring (or more if your kids aren't hungry!). We didn't manage to explore the fire/ police part fully but it also looked really interesting with some great designs on display.
I would recommend for families and adults. Look forward to visiting again one day!
Written 29 August 2021
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SimSim
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates43 contributions
A must visit
Aug 2021 • Family
Went with my little boy on his birthday. He absolutely loved it. He enjoyed getting into the cockpit and taking a walk into a plane. The staff were very kind and knowledgeable.
Written 26 August 2021
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rubymurry2016
Northampton, UK9 contributions
Great place to visit.
Aug 2021 • Family
Really good value gor money. Kids (12 & 7 years) enjoyed their visit, easy couple of hours of entertainment.
Lots to see and kids were able to sit in some cockpits and walk onto to a plane.
Written 24 August 2021
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Maria C
Southampton, UK86 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2021 • Friends
I wish I knew about this before, I visited with a friend a few weeks back and absolutely loved it.. the staff are so knowledgeable and have so much time for you…
There’s so much information about Southampton and the world wars, the fighter planes, the engineers, the costumes, parts of the war planes hanging from the ceilings and so much more. If you haven’t been all I can say is get yourself down to the Sky Museum in Southampton, it’s opposite Ocean Village way. Give yourself a few hours to go around and read all the details. I will definitely be going again.
Written 24 August 2021
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Solent Sky Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM