Storage Wing

As the Museum’s collection continued to grow over the years, the Museum’s ability to store and protect Canadian aviation heritage had not. The collection had grown beyond the capacity of the existing Museum building and could no longer be properly conserved or displayed for the many who visit each year. In 2001 funding was granted to build a new storage facility and the process to address the situation began.

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum then developed a long-term architectural plan to ensure a unified design for the storage facility and all other future phases of the Museum complex. It was also intended to increase the visibility of the Museum to local and national audiences, and enhance the international reputation of this pre-eminent aeronautical collection. The first phase was to build an appropriate storage facility and a library, archives and administrative wing.

The new Storage Wing provides a highly visible addition to the existing Museum building by creating a physical symbol representing the power and grace of flight. The structure’s reflective metal shell and glazed facade reveal the collection within while orienting the visitor to the Museum and bring to mind the experience of a working airport.

With Phase 1 completed in early 2005 and the new overall plan in place, the Museum is now focusing on its next major priority—to develop a dedicated conservation facility, in order to continue the important work of preserving Canada’s proud aerospace heritage.

Tours

If you're interested in a tour of the Museum and/or Storage Wing, please visit the Tours section of our website.

Quick Facts

  • Ground Breaking ceremony: November 7, 2002
  • Official Opening: April 14, 2005
  • Architectural Team: ARCOP Group
  • Construction Firm: Herve Pomerleau Inc.
  • 8,200 square metres of space (87,000 square feet)

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