The Hovercraft Museum Achieves Arts Council Accreditation

The Hovercraft Museum is pleased to announce that it has achieved full accredited status with Arts Council England.


Administered by Arts Council England on behalf of the UK Accreditation Partnership, Accreditation is the benchmark for well-run Museums and Galleries.


It means that The Hovercraft Museum is properly managed and governed to the nationally agreed industry standard and shows the museum takes proper care of its collections, sharing them with visitors and keeping them safe for future generations.


Accreditation opens up exciting funding opportunities, allows museums to host touring exhibitions and gives access to professional advice and support. It also gives confidence to donors and sponsors who may wish to support the museum in preserving heritage and inspiring future generations.


Accreditation covers museums of all types and sizes – from the smallest volunteer-run museums to national museums – and more than 1,700 museums are currently taking part in the scheme across the UK.
More information about the Accreditation scheme can be found here.


“We are absolutely delighted and honoured to receive the notification that the museum has been awarded Accredited status.  It is an amazing result and a true representation of the journey the museum has been on over the past few years.”

Louise Jenkins, Chair of Trustees at The Hovercraft Museum

Why not join Spirit Chasers Paranormal UK for a Paranormal Investigation?

Have you been meaning to take part in a Paranormal Investigation but never had the chance, or are you a seasoned investigator looking for a unique venue?

Join us together with Spirit Chasers Paranormal UK as we embark on a paranormal investigation at The Hovercraft Museum in Lee-on-the-Solent.  Based on a former military site, HMS Daedalus, there have been many reports of activity from the years of military operation dating back to WW1.  Ranging from strange voices and noises to a member of our volunteer team refusing to work at night after an encounter.

You’ll have the opportunity to board at least three hovercraft and experience our WW1 hangars as part of your investigations. The professional team at Spirit Chasers Paranormal UK will be working with you to investigate paranormal activity using modern techniques and equipment.

Please be aware that this is not a tour, and is not suitable for children or people of a nervous disposition.

Book now

R.I.P. Queen Elizabeth II

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Always a great supporter of innovation and technology, she helped to champion the hovercraft as it was initially developed along with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Royal family at this time.

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Our Sincere Condolences

The Hovercraft Museum would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Daniel Newton who was tragically involved in a fatal accident at the World Hovercraft Racing Championships in Sweden today. Our thoughts are with them and also our wider hovercraft family.

Museum welcomes new craft to the Collection – AP1-88 ‘Falcon’

She has been gifted to us by her former Swedish owners Hoverline Ltd and will be available for you to view as of Wednesday this week when we are next Open!
Many thanks goes to all of our volunteers and other supporting organisations during the move from Southampton including Itchen Marine Towage Ltd, Boarhunt Garage, Southern Recovery Service Transport Ltd, Griffon Hoverwork, MRB Transport, Cushman & Wakefield and Wates Group (not forgetting all of the very patient residents of Lee-on-the-Solent!)
You can find out more about ‘Falcon’ in the Collection page of the website.

Special Offer: Hovercraft Ride & Museum Entry Combo Ticket

On the 26th and 27th of May 2019 you can visit The Hovercraft Museum and take a trip in a Hovercraft at a discounted rate!  For the price of only £20 for adults, and £10 for children you can take a 15 Minute Spin Around Lee-on-The-Solent Waters AND experience a Historic Hovercraft adventure exploring The Hovercraft Museum.

Rides will be occurring at 11:00, 11:30 & 14:00 on the 26th & 27th May.  Call Hovertravel on 01983 717700 to book these tickets in advance, or buy your tickets on the day*.

*Tickets are bought on the day on a first-come-first-serve basis so please plan ahead!

Great news!

A BH7 Hovercraft exiting the sea onto a stone beach
In addition to being a unique museum in our own right, we are now unique for a different reason as we have just had our BH7 Hovercraft added to the national ships register alongside such famous vessels such as HMS Victory and The Mary Rose.

Did you know that we now have FOUR craft listed on the National Historic Ships’ Register – a feat we don’t believe has been achieved by any other museum in the UK!

The craft listed are:

  • SRN4 “The Princess Anne”
  • BH7
  • SRN5 “006”
  • SRN6 “Sea Hawk”

To make it even more special in 2019 both BH7 and The Princess Anne will be 50 years old. Why not celebrate by paying a visit and seeing once again these magnificent craft.

Santa is on his way!

Santa is adding to his already busy schedule this Christmas by making a very special visit to the Hovercraft Museum on Saturday 15th December.  Santa will be giving out gifts (and coal) free of charge between 10:00 and 12:00.

Normal entry prices apply and include a Santa visit and gift at no extra cost.  Santa’s time is limited and is on a “first come, first serve” basis so don’t miss out.  We hope to see you soon!

Watch us on Flog It!

Earlier last year Flog It! visited us at Lee on the Solent to shoot a segment for series 16 – with presenter Paul Martin even taking a ride on a hovercraft!  You can watch this episode live on BBC1 this Monday (3rd December 2018) at 16:30.  The episode will be available for 28 days after this broadcast on BBC iPlayer.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed filming it!