Hovercraft Museum

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Coordinates: 50°48′27″N 1°12′35″W / 50.80759°N 1.20974°W / 50.80759; -1.20974

Hovercraft Museum
SRN4 Hovercraft The Princess Margaret.jpg
Mark 3 SR.N4 Hovercraft, The Princess Margaret
Established 1988
Location Building 40, Daedalus Site,
Argus Gate, Chalk Lane,
Lee-on-Solent, Hants PO13 9JY
United Kingdom
Type Maritime museum
Collection size 60 full size craft
Hovercraft archive and library
Website Hovercraft Museum

The Hovercraft Museum, located in Lee-on-the-Solent in Hampshire, England, is dedicated to hovercraft.

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.

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