Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Hamilton

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Inspect some of the most important flying machines in the history of aviation at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The facility boasts a collection of 36 military jets, propeller-driven aircraft, and helicopters, with each displayed alongside historical information of when and how they were used, as well as biographical details about those who made, crewed, and flew them. Home to one of only two flyable Avro Lancasters in the world, the facility supplements its vast collection with interactive exhibits, flight simulators, and flying demonstrations. Put Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and other Hamilton attractions into our Hamilton travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is a definite must for all visitors and residents of Hamilton to see. An excellent collection of vintage warplanes all lovingly restored by volunteer mechanics, including one of only two...  more »
  • So much wonderful information has been written about this unique museum that I would just be re-stating the obvious. What I do not see enough of, however, is mention of the RUNWAY CAFE, which offers....  more »
  • I received as a gift to fly in the Stearman biplane. It was so much fun. The pilot did an excellent flying job and also did some steeper turns that showed just how tight it could corner. The...  more »
  • Was here on Family Day holiday weekend so much of the space was given over to children's activities (lots going on for them!) and the planes had been squeezed up to make space. Still enjoyed getting up close to this great collection, and the Lancaster is just stunning. Keep up the good work, Canada!
  • Great little aviation museum right by Hamilton International Airport. Lots of open space to wander and view the planes at your own leisurely pace. There are a few planes you can actually sit in too. There are some planes being restored, some being repaired and some fully finished. It really lets you see what's going on on the insides. Very cool. There's also a gift shop with airplane models for purchase, clothing, books and some toys for the kids. There is a limited cafe styled restaurant too. It's a not-for-profit, private museum, so purchases at the restaurant and gift shop go towards keeping the museum operational.
  • Wonderful museum. If you like aviation and history you will love this place. It is so exciting to be able to get so close to the airplane. You can even sit in a couple. Very knowledgeable volunteers and staff.
  • One the best place to learn about Canada's aviation history! Its amazing to see their fleet of aircraft that are still flying! The tour guides are very friendly and tell great stories of these planes! Their gift shop has a wide collection of merchandise ranging from models, blueprints to small memorabilia!
  • I attended the Hobby Show on March 24. It was extremely busy. It’s a fantastic venue and show, however my experience was ruined by a Canteen staff member. After making my way through the crowded hobby exhibit I was experiencing some mobility issues and pain and saw what I thought was a rest area set up for the hobby exhibit. Apparently it was not and it was part of the “Canteen” which I wasn’t aware of. Suddenly a woman on staff began raising her voice loud enough to single me out and embarrass me by rudely telling me that if I wasn’t going to buy any food that I needed to leave. There was no sign on the table I was sitting at or on the wall nearby and most of the people around me were not consuming food. It was undignified to say the least. I asked if there was anywhere to rest for people with mobility issues and I was rudely told no and again reminded me that I needed to leave immediately. This experience ruined my day and I left the entire venue humiliated. There are kind and professional ways to inform valued guests of things like this and there are humiliating ways. I didn’t know food was available and would have loved to have something. A kind invitation to purchase something would have been enough. Staff should not assume that guests know the venue and rules as well as they do. Also, it would be lovely if there were at least a few courtesy benches or seats for guests that do not require purchases to use. I saw many people with disabilities, mobility issues, elderly and mothers with strollers etc that could benefit from such a basic courtesy. After the way I was treated I was done putting anymore money into the venue and my anxiety was triggered.

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