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Hovercraft Museum, Lee-on-the-Solent

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4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
The Hovercraft Museum, located in Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire, England, is a museum run by a registered charity dedicated to hovercraft and is open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.The museum has a large collection of over 60 hovercraft of various designs. Situated at HMS Daedalus by the large slipway from where many hovercraft have been tested, the museum collection includes SR.N5 and SR.N6 hovercraft, one of which is fully operational. The collection currently contains the last two remaining SR.N4 craft, the world's largest civil hovercraft which have been laid up here since their retirement from cross-Channel services on 1 October 2000.The museum houses the world's largest library of documents, publications, film, video, photographs and drawings on hovercraft, all of which is available for research by prior arrangement. A number of hovercraft manufacturers have deposited their complete archives with the museum for safekeeping, thus swelling this important repository of information.The museum also contains a large collection of original manufacturers' hovercraft models including the world's first working hovercraft model built by Christopher Cockerell.The museum reopened in January 2016 after being closed for essential building work over nearly two years. Shortly afterwards the remaining SR.N4 craft came under threat of scrapping when the site owners the Homes and Communities Agency proposed the redevelopment of the land. The museum trust started a petition calling for one of the craft to be preserved.
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  • A proper museum. Great exhibits, knowledgeable staff (volunteers) and good value. Also, dogs made very welcome. Refreshingly in-corporate. Well worth a visit. 
  • My four year old daughter and I went to the museum on a grey windy saturday not really knowing what to expect and we both loved it. There were so many different hovercraft of different sizes and types...  read more »
  • This is a must for anyone with an interest in historic British inventions. There are the iconic cross-channel SRN4's to the very smallest hovercraft, even a hover-Mini! Many of the exhibits are open s...  read more »
  • Adult entry only £7 at present. Great for hovercraft enthusiasts (like my 2 year old). Amazing collection of craft and great to see the volunteers working on them. Some interactive exhibits, small shop and drinks and toilets on site. Staff are very friendly. Lots of history gathered in one place, hopefully the government will see sense and let them keep the big srn4 craft even though they are in a bit of a state. Like all small museums they could do with more funding and volunteers.
  • A really interesting and fun experience with friendly staff and some serious hovercrafts to enjoy. I've riden in the Isle of Wight hovercraft many times but have never seen any others. Great fun
  • A great place to visit. I haven't been to the open day for a couple of years. Would love to know when it is this year. Happy memories of travelling to France on them.
  • A really interesting place to visit, just make sure you go on a day when it's open!
  • A great place if intrested in hovercrafts
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