We very much regret that owing to the Coronavirus we will have to close the doors of the museum to the public from 19 March. This is our first closure in 45 years of operation.

During the closure the museum will still be very active, and we will keep you informed on a regular basis about our continuing work – make sure to follow us on Facebook @solentskymuseum for updates.

And of course, the moment we are able to open again we will inform you in the hope that you come and see us!

For enquiries please email




Come and visit us! We are at Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR. Call us on 02380 635830

Last Entry 4pm every day

Mon: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tue: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Wed: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Thu: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Fri: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Sun: 12:00am - 5:00pm

Adults £8

Concessions £6.50

Children £5.50

Family Ticket £18.00

Parking is available on-street outside the museum.

Please note that council parking meter charges apply.



This fabulous floating lighthouse guarded the waters of Southampton for many years, and guided the great flying boats and cruise liners into the city. Now she has been saved for the nation and is undergoing a programme of restoration by Solent Sky volunteers.



Learn about local aircraft manufacturers' contribution to the Great War and the story of the first aircraft to sink a submarine. An exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.



Hampshire and the Solent region were the centre of the world for aviation research and development between 1910 and 1960. More than 26 aircraft manufacturers made this area their home and built everything from biplanes to spacecraft, and of course the legendary Spitfire.

Solent Sky depicts the incredible story of aviation in Hampshire and the Solent region, with more than 20 airframes from the golden age of aviation.



Online reviews of Solent Sky. Review us yourself at TripAdvisor!

A top quality museum. How they've managed to get so many aircraft into the building is a miracle. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We visited as part of the RAF Baton Relay and they couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. If you're in the area make sure you visit. There's a Police & & Fire. Service museum too.

Paul Buttolph

This is one of these places where you go to and think that was great. Not because it is the most technologically advanced museum or that it has the most amazing stuff but because it is quirky, the staff are committed and so knowledgeable and you go that was a great memory and fun.

As Australians touring in the UK we were amazed to find the Aussie connection with the Ansett flying boat, never seen one back home but get to see one in Southampton of all places.

I kind of enjoyed talking to the staff more than the actual place!

Simon Mamouney

We decided to stop for a visit here with our two young boys, we'd heard parking can be a problem but managed to park at the Ocean Village a few minutes away (would be nicer if there were spaces closer though). The staff went out of their way to make it entertaining for the kids, giving them a quiz to do, coming back often to ask how they were getting on and letting them jump into some cockpits to play with the controls. Whilst it's only a small museum, it was very enjoyable with some interesting exhibits and enthusiastic staff.

Kyle Wood



We are delighted to announce that the winner of the first Spitfire Legend "Fly in a Spitfire" prize is ticket number 278, Mr L Loveless of Hedge End, Southampton. The winning ticket was drawn on 1st April at 12 noon at Solent Sky Museum by an independent adjudicator. Congratulations to Mr Loveless, and don't worry if you didn't win - the next Spitfire Legend draw will be held soon!



Our Beginnings

Solent Sky began as the RJ Mitchell Memorial Museum in 1974. Since that time we have expanded to include all aviation in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight, the region known as the Solent. Although we now house many aeroplanes, our core is still the Supermarine Spitfire, which was designed and built in Southampton.


Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Romance of the Flying Boat Exhibition



Charity Number 262995

023 8063 5830

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