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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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Truly a hidden gem.

Took my two grandchildren here. The most friendly and welcoming museum I have ever visited... read more

Reviewed yesterday
SymesD
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Lymington, England, United Kingdom
Little gem of a museum

Great visit with my 6 year old son who loved the Captain Crisp quiz which kept his attention whilst... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Peter G
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Winchester, 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
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Reviewed yesterday

Took my two grandchildren here. The most friendly and welcoming museum I have ever visited. Exhibits well listed. Truly a fascinating place. Only downside was finding it and parking. But well worth the effort.

Thank SymesD
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great visit with my 6 year old son who loved the Captain Crisp quiz which kept his attention whilst I got to enjoy the exhibits though will definitely be back on my own to properly get stuck in. Staff were chatty and welcoming. Bonus that...More

Thank Peter G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Solent sky on a wet day to kill a bit of time. It is a fabulous place, so much packed into the building, great volunteers who are very knowledgeable and keen to show you the exhibits. The history of the flying boat service...More

Thank Peenutter
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I think kids in particular, and anyone else with an interest in aviation and the Battle of Britain, will have an enjoyable couple of hours here. It seems staffed by volunteers, knowledgeable and friendly, so that's a plus. It's essentially a large hangar-style building with...More

Thank JaymoOslo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum. Lived in Southampton 20 years and never knew the place existed. Full of aircraft all from the Solent area. Massive amount of information about all the planes. Loads of aircraft, including the iconic Spitfire, can sit in a cockpit of one,the huge Beachcomber...More

Thank darsot77
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff have a great depth of knowledge and it's as much fun for my 6 and 4 year old as it is for me at 41

Thank Stu P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was amazed at such a small place with more information than I ever thought we would find in this place. Staff were real friendly and interacted well. Some renovations going on but all for the good. These places need more funding. Will definitely return with...More

Thank Jackie L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited over the pre Easter weekend, and the museum was excellent. Will definitely return again. Staff were helpful and informative, which helps make the most out of the trip.

Thank rachel b
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both my daughters really enjoyed visiting the Sky Museum. The quiz sheet was very engaging and took my daughter all over the museum looking for the answers. My youngest particularly enjoyed the planes that you could go inside and spent ages pretending to be a...More

Thank Indigo M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to bring the kids to the museum on Easter Monday as it had been about 7 or 8 years since our last visit. This museum really is a hidden gem, I don't think that many people realise that it is here or how...More

Thank 38dg78
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Stella F
25 February 2018|
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Response from les h | Reviewed this property |
sadly no .... but there are other cockpits you can sit in
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Steven M
19 February 2018|
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Response from JGADV | Reviewed this property |
Best way would be to take the bus to the eastern docks or Town Quay, alternative would be taxi or if you 're up to it, it only takes about 20 minutes to walk
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sport58
5 February 2018|
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Response from Dibleygirl | Reviewed this property |
Hi it's within walking distance, but suggest you take a taxi to avoid getting lost! The building looks like an industrial unit, so you could easily miss it. Enjoy your visit!
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