What is the Canada Aviation and Space Museum? As the name implies the museum focuses on aviation in Canada throughout history as well as spaceflight. As you walk through the museum you will see over 130 aircrafts along with various historical artifacts. The museum offers exhibitions, tours, and visits as well as educational programming and other activities. You can hold birthday parties and other social events at museum and it is a popular place for students to do research for their history papers.
Our favorite thing to do at the Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa as to hop aboard the Redbird FMX flight simulator. Sitting in the cockpit of the simulator will allow you to experience the latest in advanced flight simulator technology. There are multiple screens within your vision around the cockpit that show you the realistic views of the ground below. This is the best place to take anyone who is considering a career as a pilot, or someone who always wanted to fly but pursued a different path. It’s not quite like virtual reality, but you will be immersed in the flight simulation and it will give you a feel for the real thing.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is located at 11 Aviation Pkwy. in Ottawa, Canada. The museum is open daily throughout the year and on all statutory holidays except for Christmas. Admission fees range from $10 for youth to $15 for adults, however, members and veterans can enter for free. A membership is a great idea for anyone interested in enjoying more than one exhibition or event. There are many exhibitions held at the museum, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you want to see more! Upon signing up for a membership, you will also gain access to the Canada Agriculture Museum, The Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum. The free admission benefit applies to each of these places as well as 10% discounts on merchandise at the gift shop and at the cafeteria.
Many people don’t know this about the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, however, there are many educational programs available to kids. Programs vary depending on age. There are self-guided school visits (AKA field trips) and more intensive programs teaching kids about aviation and technology. Learn how aircrafts are build and the technology that is used to keep pilots and passengers safe while traveling at high speeds. This is a program is available for teenagers in grades 9, 10, and 11. For younger children there are adventure style educational programs which include scavenger hunts, building small machines, and dressing up in costumes. You may be disappointed if you’re no longer a student but think that these educational programs sound super fun. You can consider becoming a volunteer and chaperoning a program, or just enjoy the exhibition and flight simulation while your kids do group activities.
No matter what you choose to do at the museum we hope you have a great time!
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