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“Not very impressive”

Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Ranked #11 of 273 things to do in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located on a former military air base just 5 kilometres from the Prime Minister’s residence in Ottawa, the Museum focuses on aviation in Canada 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 aviation museums in the world. Museum Highlights: Largest surviving piece of the famous Avro Arrow (its nose section); the original Canadarm used on the Endeavour space shuttle; Lancaster WWII bomber; Life in Orbit: The International Space Station exhibition.
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We stopped by Aviation Museum. Not very impressed with the display as we have been to better Aviation museum.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Took the grandkids there and they had a ball. Very interesting.Great place to take a school trip for a day. Interesting to see the improvements over the years in aviation and space.

Thank Sonnysdream
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went to visit the star wars exhibit. We were thrilled with seeing everything. We continued on to the aviation and space museum as it was included in our fee.

Thank Michele F
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have been bringing our kids to this museum every couple of years. They enjoy it every time. And they take away something new every visit because they understand more as they get older. I would say this museum is a nice place to take little kids who would go "oooh" and "aaah" at the plane models but not for much information.

On our second last visit, they were able to participate in the Parks program where the kids were given a little booklet and taken around to highlighted planes and have the significance explained to them. This program was interesting for the adults too. It should actually have been specified for older children - maybe 6-12 yrs old. The really small kids wouldn't have understood the program.

The museum is small enough to be completed within 1 hour. While there were a lot of models of planes and helicopters, I felt that there wasn't enough information provided i.e. the history, statistics, etc. There was also not a lot of information on the Avro. We had previously visited the Downsview Aviation Museum before it shut down and found that the history and detailed information there was better.

Our last visit was to visit the special exhibit Star Wars Identity. It was super expensive! There was a lot of detailed information and was very well put together but should have been targeted to a more mature Star Wars fans audience - recommended for audience 12 and above. My 6 year old can read but not fast enough to keep up with the pace. We ended up reading a lot to him and also just skipping a lot, especially the thinking behind each character and discussions around the iterations of the design.

Thank TwoSK
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

The museum had a good selection of planes representing many eras of flight in Canada. It's not everyday you can walk around a Lancaster bomber or a CF-18 fighter jet. It is not a huge museum but a well laid out and informative look at aviation. If you get a chance to take a ride in the open cockpit bi-plane it is worth the ride, cost starts about $60.00 / person and two can ride up front at a time. Worth paying a little extra for a little more flying time as well. The only downfall was getting to the museum and having to pay for parking as well.... its only $6.00 for the day but I guess nothing in life is free....

Thank Steve D
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