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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
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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If you are interested in planes and their history this is for you.Children can climb in cockpits and you can climb inside a flying boat, great.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in planes and their history this is for you.Children can climb in cockpits and you can climb inside a flying boat, great.

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I visited the Sky Museum during our week visiting Southampton. It was a quiet weekday afternoon and the attraction was (unsurprisingly) very quiet; just the two of us walking in and a young family finishing up their trip. We spent a good hour or so taking a leisurely stroll around the museum, taking pictures and reading up... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A varied collection mainly linked to the local aviation manufacturing heritage. Great to able to sit at the controls in several exhibits. Sadly it's crammed in to a space about a quarter the size needed to really appreciate the collection.

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

It may not look much from the outside, but it just about covers every aspect of local aviation history, with plenty of exhibits.

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

Southampton has a lot of history, maritime and otherwise. This museum is for aeroplane enthusiasts and can keep you occupied for many hours. Very suitable for boys of all ages from 7 to 70+

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Hampshire UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the Museum is very worthwhile and any young boy would simply love it - as would his Father! The range of - very old - aircraft on display is remarkable and all of them are wonderfully accessible - you can actually sit in the pilot's seat of some of the bigger flying boats etc. The films of... More 

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Amesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here just before Christmas with my visiting father in law who really wanted to see the Spitfire. This is a lovely museum with particular interest of Southampton connected people. Very interesting

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

wow, what a fantastic place to visit. From the outside you wouldn't expect to find so much packed inside. Some great displays and many planes packed inside this museum. Heard a super real life story from 1 of the volunteers. Would have been nice to have a proper café on sight but there is a small area set up as... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place to go with friends or family as there is lots of interesting things to do. This is unlike any other museum as you even get the chance to go in the cockpit of a flying boat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visted during half term it's a real gem the museum is aircraft related which was interesting seeing the way planes were and the photos from the war really made this museum a enjoyable vist and the members of staff clearly enjoy talking about the planes which made it unique if your looking for a great time this museum is somewhere... More 

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