Museum Facts and Figures

The following facts and information have been prepared as references and to answer questions you may have about the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Address
Civic Address Mailing Address
 
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Parkway
Ottawa, Ontario
K1K 4R3
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 5A3

Brief History

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is recognized as having the most extensive aviation collection in Canada and one which ranks among the best in the world. The Museum collects artifacts that illustrate the development of the flying machine in both peace time and war, from the pioneer period to the present time. Although the Museum highlights Canadian achievements in science and technology in the aviation industry, it is not exclusive; aircraft and other artifacts from many nations are also represented in the collection.

In 1964, three government-owned aeronautical collections were amalgamated and moved to new headquarters at Ottawas historic Rockcliffe Airport, and then into the current Museum building, which opened in 1988. The Canada Aviation and Space Museum, a component of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation since 1967, has continued to grow by acquiring both civil and military aircraft important to Canadian and world aviation history. The collection now comprises more than 130 aircraft and countless other artifacts such as engines, propellers, and important works of aviation art, as well as library and archival resources.

Annual Attendance by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Attendance
 
2003–2004 164,763
2004–2005 166,650
2005–2006 152,402

Opening Hours

Regular schedule (after Labour Day to April 30)
Day Hours

* except holidays, Remembrance Day (November 11) and school breaks. Closed Christmas Day (December 25); open New Year's Day (January 1)

Monday and Tuesday Closed *
Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer schedule (May 1 to Labour Day)
Day Hours
 
Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Artifacts

More than 130 aircraft and countless other artifacts such as engines, propellers, and important works of aviation art, as well as library and archival resources.

Current Museum Building

Ground Breaking ceremony: May 25, 1983

Official Opening: June 18, 1988

Architectural Team: Michael Lundholm, Director of Architectural Services, National Museums of Canada and Public Works Canada

Construction Firm: Thomas Fuller Construction

Engineering Consultants: Adjelian Rubeli Limited

13,918 square metres of space (149,758 square feet)

New Reserve Hangar

Ground Breaking ceremony: November 7, 2002

Official Opening: April 14, 2005

Architectural Team: ARCOP Group

Construction Firm: Herve Pomerleau Inc.

Geotechnical Engineering: Jacques Whitford and Associates

Mechanical and the Electrical Engineering: Bouthillette, Parizeau and Associates

Structural Engineering: Halsall Associates Limited

Civil Engineering: Trow Asssociates

8,200 square metres of space (87,000 square feet)

Library and Archives, and Administration Wing

1,878 square metres of space (20,215 square feet)