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Canada Aviation and Space Museum
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #11 of 256 things to do in Ottawa
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Museum engages visitors with the wonder of flight through its spectacular collection, educational programming, activities, and special events. The Museum focuses on aviation in Canada, but within an international context, from its beginnings in 1909 to the present day. As Canada’s contribution to aviation expanded to include aerospace technology, the Museum’s collection and mandate grew to include space flight.The Collection itself consists of more than 130 aircraft and artifacts (propellers, engines) from both civil and military service. It gives particular, but not exclusive, reference to Canadian achievements. The most extensive aviation collection in Canada, it is also considered one of the finest in the world.Care and development of this collection remains one of the Museum’s main purposes. The Museum practises conservation and restoration techniques to keep the collection in a condition equal to the highest standards.
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Having been to many other Canadian and US aviation museum, this one has an extensive collection of aircraft, with very informative info boards. As you can see in the pictures, the barriers are very minimal, so nothing hampers the view on the exhibits. Strongly recommend for anyone with any shred of interest. It's quite cheap too...

Visited August 2012
Thank Jean-Philippe C
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Ottawa, Canada
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good place to go with kids!”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

A lot of planes and attractions for kids during the week. I know that you can do some night tour too. The souvenir shop is great.

Visited February 2013
Thank Morgane P
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
“Better than I expected - not to be missed!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

So many beautiful planes, several that visitors were allowed to sit in. Also 3 or 4 flight simulators. Visitors can also take a ride in a helicopter or biplane. I didn't think it was going to be enjoyable but I was absolutely wrong. It was terrific. Don't miss the Star Wars Identities exhibit that is at the Museum (actually in one of the hangars). If you're a fan you will love it.

Visited May 2013
Thank Marylou M
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Inuvik, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Wookie there, it's a plane”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

The only reason I went to the Aviation museum was because the Star Wars Exhibit was in town. The $28+ I plunked down for Star Wars included "free" admission to the Aviation museum. I was a bit disappointed by both.
I read, watched and listened to every single exhibit, except one, which seemed to be clips of mentoring, and I finished the exhibit within 90 minutes. The theme of the exhibit is Identities, and sometimes it felt like I was in a social sciences class using the Star Wars saga as an example. I didn't really like the Identities theme and the create your own identity was not worth the price the admission. There were many movie props and there was some insight into the development of the making the movies, which was really enjoyable. I just wish there was more.
After the Star Wars exhibit I went to the Aviation museum. There were a lot of planes on display, each with a bit of info. While they grouped planes together, I had to keep checking my visitor map in an attempt to get to display to display in the order they were meant to be seen. I was also unfortunate to be there at the same time as a large school group. It was difficult to listen to video displays as the kids were yelling and running around and also hogging the more interesting displays. It was deafening inside the space living display, which had a lot of hands-on displays.
For the aviation museum, I'd suggest you looking into guided tours. I eavesdropped on a guided tour for a bit and it did make it a lot more interesting.

Visited May 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not that interesting”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

As far as air and space museums go this may be the most boring one I've ever been to. Nothing compares to the Smithsonian's in Washington D.C. or the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and I've also been to several in England that were much more impressive.

Here in Ottawa they've crammed as many aircraft as they could into these buildings but alas nothing special here. I spent the extra $9 for the Star Wars Exhibit and that was actually more interesting than the other hangar was. If you've never been to air museum you'll probably like it, if you've been to others don't waste your money. If you're a Star Wars fan they have some pretty nice props and models from all 6 movies but if you don't want to drop $28+ with tax to see props save your money and enjoy other sites in the city.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Dan B
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