About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Mission and Vision

As the national repository of Canada’s aeronautical and space heritage, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum is guided in its undertakings by its Mission and Vision statements. Broadly, its mandate is to:

  • create a greater appreciation for Canada’s aviation heritage
  • demonstrate the vital role of aviation in the lives of Canadians
  • illustrate the significance of aviation in the growth and prosperity of this country


The Museum invites Canadians of all ages and from all regions to explore the wonders of flight and the contribution of aviation to the transformation and development of Canada. It achieves this by collecting, preserving, depicting, and displaying aeronautical artifacts and interpreting their significance — scientific and technical, social and cultural, historic and economic — to Canada and the world.


The Museum will:

  1. maintain and strengthen its place as Canada’s leading aeronautical and aerospace museum and one of the best in the world
  2. encourage a greater appreciation of Canada’s aviation and aerospace heritage
  3. highlight the vital role and influence of aviation and aerospace in the lives of Canadians and in the growth and prosperity of their country
  4. showcase Canada’s place in the history of aviation and aerospace

The Museum will accomplish this by:

  • developing and maintaining a representative collection of artifacts and archival material that is significant to Canadian and, in many instances, world aeronautical and aerospace history
  • presenting creative and engaging programs that bring aviation history to life and stimulate a lasting interest in the fascinating world of flight
  • disseminating accurate, relevant information about all aspects of the Museum and the wider world of aeronautics to the broadest possible range of audiences through electronic and other forms of media
  • providing an informative, enjoyable visitor experience that meets both actual and anticipated needs
  • conducting authoritative historical research in the field of aeronautics from a primarily Canadian perspective and supporting independent historical research by providing access to research resources
  • encouraging greater awareness of Canada’s rich aviation heritage by participating in networks of museums and co-operating with other organizations interested in aeronautical heritage at the local, national, and international level
  • presenting the highest calibre of temporary and permanent exhibitions that communicate various aspects of the aviation story and complement the Museum’s artifacts
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