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Solent Sky Museum

This Southampton museum pays tribute to the region’s rich aviation history and is home to some of Britain’s most iconic aircraft, including the legendary Spitfire.

The Solent Sky Museum pays tribute to the aviation history of Southampton, Solent and Greater Hampshire. The museum centers on the important work and breakthroughs in aircraft technology in the first half of the 20th century, which was rapidly accelerated by the two world wars. The small site showcases 18 significant aircraft, including the legendary Spitfire, which helped defend English skies during the Battle of Britain in the summer and autumn of 1940. 

Marvel at the iconic Rolls Royce-powered Supermarine Spitfire, which first took off from Southampton in 1936. Climb aboard the Sandringham Flying Boat, which was converted to a luxury passenger aircraft after World War II. Spend time in the snug cockpit of a Swift or Harrier Jumper Jet and explore the intricate array of buttons and levers on the consoles. Aviation buffs will also enjoy poring over the fascinating collection of engines, uniforms and memorabilia on display. 

The museum staff and guides are particularly helpful and knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Listen to their stories about heroic air battles and gain fascinating insights in the engineering and design details that make these aircraft so special. Capture photos of family and friends in and around the aircrafts. When you get home visit the online shop to purchase books, cards, models and toys with an aviation theme. 

Entrance fees apply, with concessions for seniors, children under 5 years of age and families. The museum is open in the morning until the late afternoon from Tuesday until Sunday, with a slightly later opening time on Sundays. The museum also opens its doors on Mondays during school holidays.

The Solent Sky Museum is located in an unassuming warehouse on the western side of the Itchen Bridge at the junction of the River Itchen and the River Test. If you’re feeling energetic, take the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) walk from the museum to Southampton Central Railway Station via scenic Hoglands and Palmerston Parks. Otherwise, buses stop nearby.


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