Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa

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#4 of 17 in Museums in Ottawa
Reach the final frontier at Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and learn about mankind’s adventures in the sky. Wander around giant hangars and observe an extensive collection of civilian and military aircraft displaying the history of Canadian aviation. Find out what it feels like to sit in the cockpit of a plane, or even in the ejector seat, and inspect artifacts relating to the International Space Station. You can even take a trip in a biplane over Ottawa. Be sure to check the museum's website before visiting, as special events take place throughout the year. Plan to visit Canada Aviation and Space Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Ottawa attractions using our Ottawa vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Good collection of aviation memorabilia and plenty of information of the history of all the exhibits. Worth a visit if like us you're killing time between checking out of the hotel and checking in for...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Some 120 planes waiting to teach you their story very well traced. The conquest of the air force is very well described with old appliances (early 1900), the story of the main fliers and builders as well as a multitude of photos. Then see how fast to Jet Aviation or more useful to the canader. Animation for children and the passage in the Simulator make this fun Museum. Located at about 20 minutes from the heart of Ottawa this museum is a must-see. too bad the parking is not free. Access by bus possible. Count 2.5 to 3 hours for a visit. The Museum has a picnic area, a fast restaurant. To see!
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  • August 13, 2017
    Have been many times but this is the first time with the special exhibit on space, astronauts, and the space station. Well done, interactive, informative and suitable for all ages.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    Amazing display of Canadian and international aviation equipment. Was very surprised to see the WWII bomber with open bomb bay doors (amazing!) and the German planes including the Messerschmidt Komet. Worth the visit.
  • June 6, 2017
    Excellent layout and amazing exhibits of planes from every era. Wasn't busy at all so there was no waits to check out the mock up cockpits. Plenty of photo ops. The space exhibit and canada arm was a nice addition.
  • June 3, 2017
    We visited today because it was open doors day for the storage wing, it was nice to get reacquainted with some of the old friends that are hidden away. Of course, we also visited the main museum with our family membership. We love this place!
  • June 19, 2017
    Awesome cruise over to museum, couple nice view points along the way. Awesome planes and space things. Quite interesting. Cafe as well.
  • June 25, 2017
    Decently interesting, but probably more so for someone that already has a significant interest in aviation. I would recommend going when it's free, as I found it a bit limited compared to other museums in Ottawa.

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