Canada Aviation Museum
In Ottawa, Ontario
The Canada Aviation Museum is dedicated to the history of aviation. Though it places an emphasis on Canada’s role, the museum celebrates aircraft and aviation achievements all over the world.
The museum’s collection includes 130 aircraft from all time periods, including the P-40 Curtiss, Consolidated PBY-5A, de Havilland Twin Otter, Hawker Hurricane XII, and Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet. In addition to the impressive number of airplanes on display, the Canada Aviation Museum also has thousands of books and periodicals, technical manuals, and more than 35,000 research images.
The Canada Aviation Museum offers several workshops with 30 variations of aviation programs for kids. “Adventures in a Bush Plane” and “Earn Your Pilot’s Wings” are just two of those offered. Some of them, such as the “Earn Your Pilots Wings program” are interactive. Included as part of the activities, children are encouraged to sit in the cockpit of a real airplane.
The museum also offers the “Night Flight Sleepover Program” for children ages 5-18. For adults, programs include the Vintage Flying Experience during which a privately operated charter company provides an exciting sight-seeing trip in a de Havilland Canada Chipmunk.
“Let There Be Flight” is an exhibit dedicated to Orville and Wilbur Wright and their aviation achievements. “The People in Aviation Exhibit” features, “High Flyers: Canadian Women in Aviation”, highlighting women pilots and their contributions to the world of aviation.
The Canada Aviation Museum is located at 11 Aviation Parkway in Ottawa, Ontario. Visit the museum’s Website for more information.
The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday except on holidays, Remembrance Day (November 11) and school breaks. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Between May 1 and Labour Day, hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day, but open on New Year’s Day.