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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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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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A little gem

We found this little museum on the internet and went along to see. It was a very well spent hour and a half, looking at how the aero industry began and continued in Southampton... read more

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Tina T
Kettering, United Kingdom
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

We found this little museum on the internet and went along to see. It was a very well spent hour and a half, looking at how the aero industry began and continued in Southampton, even during the second world war. There were some great Aeroplanes including a flying boat which we wandered round, looking at the facilities that were available... More 

Thank Tina T
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this museum because of a booklet we picked up at our hotel. Not knowing what to expect we were pleasantly surprised. There are very interesting planes to observe. There is a police/fire Museum area on the third floor which was packed with historic items. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. We are glad that we went for... More 

Thank Carole M
Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lived in Southampton for 3 years for university but didn't really explore whilst I was there so on a trip back to the city I was looking for new things to see and do and found this on Trip Advisor. It is an absolute hidden gem that I had no idea was there! It definitely needs more promotion around the... More 

Thank robynluke17
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been meaning to visit here for years. What a fantastic museum. So many planes, with links to the South Coast, squeezed into the building. Very helpful and friendly staff. When we were looking around the flying boat one offered to take us into the cockpit where he gave a very interesting talk about its history. It's a must if... More 

Thank Nick B
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having watched the 'First of the Few' it was good to see the Schneider Trophy and winning plane. There is a good selection of planes with plenty of information and the staff are very helpful. Access for a wheelchair is good although obviously it was not possible to go into the planes. This is a nice reasonable sized museum which... More 

Thank Cedric N
Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but extremely interesting Museum with very knowledgeable volunteers. I am often taken to places like this, not exactly under duress but sometimes would rather do other things for a change. I enjoyed this museum immensely as did the friend who wanted to go there.

Thank janbrown1948
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Within a comfortable walking distance of the city centrethis is a museum you must visit at least once. There is an absolute treasure of displays and artifacts with lots of information and fascinating history about flying and the role of aviation in WW1 and WW2.

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A piece of history, Southampton is a milestone of British Aeronautics, the Solent Sky Museum, thought not a big museum, have some very nice pieces to show, the personnel, all of them volunteers, is fabulous, we where treated with warmth, professionality and great passion! A must is you are in Southampton

Thank Marco M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience.. worth visiting.. people there are very friendly.. beachcomber flying boat is awesome.. also experiencing the fighter cockpits

Thank Sanil K
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having a partner who is an airplane buff, it made sense to take him to the Solent Sky Museum. The biggest highlights for him was being able to sit in the ejector seats and for me, going back in to the Catalina seaplane. An excellent way to spend a couple of hours on a rainy day.

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