WELCOME TO SOLENT SKY MUSEUM
WELCOME TO SOLENT SKY - HOME OF THE SPITFIRE AND THE EMPIRE FLYING BOATS
Come and visit us! We are at Albert Road South, Southampton, SO14 3FR. Call us on 02380 635830
Solent Sky is also home to the Hampshire Police & Fire Heritage Trust and you can find out more about them by visiting their website www.hampshirepolicefireheritage.co.uk
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: 12:00pm - 5:00pm (10am - 5pm during special events - please see below)
Family Ticket £25
Parking is available on-street outside the museum.
Please note that council parking meter charges apply.
TRAM CELEBRATION 2023
17 - 18 June 2023
Come and celebrate the 100th anniversary of Southampton Tram 11 at our third annual tram celebration. Dozens of model tramways will be available to see along with trade stalls selling collectibles, and of course 20 aircraft from the golden age of aviation. Come and join in the fun!
VISIT THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE SPITFIRE
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.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
Heritage Emergency Fund
SUPPORTED BY THE GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION
LIGHT VESSEL 78
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.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR AT SOLENT SKY
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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