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Solent Sky Museum

Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
+44 23 8063 5830
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bit small as for aviation museum

There are good and bad things about this place. Good are this - close to city centre, and quite... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Went in June 2016. Very interesting museum, full of fascinating items and stories, on both local... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Russell M
Winchester, England, United Kingdom
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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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Albert Road South | (Near Ocean Village), Southampton SO14 3FR, England
+44 23 8063 5830
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Reviewed 4 days ago

There are good and bad things about this place. Good are this - close to city centre, and quite a lot of stuff in such a small place, friendly service and great guide in flying boat which is (for me) the best thing in there...More

Thank samsonovicz
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went in June 2016. Very interesting museum, full of fascinating items and stories, on both local history and beyond. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Russell M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not often that you can go on-board an old flying boat, but you can here. Plenty of other things to interest anyone interested in planes.

Thank Geoff T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sky Museum looks unprepossessing from outside, and is fairly difficult to find (Southampton Council take note), but on entering there is a vast array of amazing aircraft including a massive Sunderland Sea Plane converted to an Australian passenger aircraft after the war. There are...More

Thank Dr_Chris_Gordon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this place on Google maps when looking for somewhere to go on the bus for a change. As I am interested in planes I thought it worth a visit and how glad I am I went. I walked in to a welcome from...More

Thank SheilaBikerChick49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great selection of locally relevant planes, enthusiastic and genuine volunteers. If you are interested in the subject this is a great place to visit.

Thank SP_Southampton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting museum especially given the connection with Supermarine, the Spitfire and the Schneider Trophy. Made more interesting for us as we are local and know many of the different places referred to especially the bombing and major impact it had on the city....More

Thank Sean S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had talked about going to this museum for some time, due to its links with Supermarine, Spitfires and the Schneider Trophy. We were not disappointed and spent nearly 2 hours looking at so many exhibits and chatting to the staff / volunteers. who were...More

1  Thank nickpayne82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lot of aeroplanes in one small place! Highly recommended. From the enthusiasm of the volunteers that let you sit in the cockpit and give you the history on some of the exhibits, to being able to touch a Spitfire and such iconic planes,...More

Thank Now_We_Are_Fifty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband is very keen on aircraft history so enjoyed it. Having visited a number of aircraft museums over the years I found the experience here to be disappointing in comparison. The building was cold which was a bad start. The exhibits were far too...More

Thank oko42
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11 September 2017|
Response from les h | Reviewed this property |
yo ..... Solent Sky is open throughout the year, six days a week. Tuesday - Saturday: 10 - 5 (last entry 4) Sunday: 12 - 5 (last entry 4) doesn't look like it's open on Mondays .... :(
11 April 2017|
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Response from Outofthelaw | Reviewed this property |
15mins Walking
John C
6 September 2016|
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Response from les h | Reviewed this property |
there is a yellow bi-plane .... BB-807 .... I don't know much about it though