Health and Safety
To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for our visitors and staff, the following health and safety guidelines are in place.
For safety reasons, some spaces are closed. For more information, visit Site Plan & Facilities.
STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS
If you have any symptoms, please postpone your visit until you are well.
FACE MASKS RECOMMENDED
Masks are no longer mandatory but recommended in the museums.
ENHANCED CLEANING AND HAND-WASHING STATIONS
Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum. High-touch areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDED
Families and other social units keep at least two metres (six feet) apart from others when possible.
Visitor Code of Conduct
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is a national museum and is open to all. Respectful use of the space and resources ensures a safe and enriching experience for all visitors.
IMPORTANT! During COVID-19, following the museum and public health guidelines will help to keep you and your loved ones safe during your visit.
We also ask that you adhere to the guidelines defined in the PDF below.
List of prohibited items
- Any bag exceeding 35cm x 35cm x 15.25cm in size
- Hard-covered briefcases
- Flags, banners, or posters that might obstruct a visitor’s view
- Alcohol and glass bottles
- Drones or other similar objects
- Any object that makes noise (bells, horns)
- Any animal, except service animals (presentation of certification required)
- Fireworks or other pyrotechnical apparatus
- Laser pointers
- Audio visual equipment; i.e., video cameras on tripods (exceptions need preapproval by Public Affairs prior entry) Please contact: email@example.com
- Any weapon, pocket knife, cutter, blade, or any other knives, prohibited weapons, blunt objects, aerosol, capsicum/“pepper spray”*
- Any object deemed suspicious by security personnel*
*KNIVES, WEAPONS or SUSPICIOUS ITEMS
- Any knife, weapon, or object considered dangerous or risky is prohibited on the premises
- Any person with that type of item in their possession will be denied access to the venue, unless they voluntarily dispose of the object in the containers provided for this purpose
Weapons and other items voluntarily given up for that purpose will be destroyed
Visitors must purchase their tickets online in advance of their visit. Members and those visiting during the free hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. are required to reserve their time slot using the e-ticket portal below.
This process ensures that we keep the capacity of site visitors within the recommended guidelines, and that practises such as physical distancing can be maintained.
When purchasing your ticket, you will be able to select a time slot. Your e-tickets will be available to download on your mobile device.
NOTE: E-tickets are non-transferable, and cannot be cancelled. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Stay at home with symptoms
If you have (mild) symptoms such as shortness of breath, fever, or a sore throat shortly before your planned visit, stay at home. You can switch your ticket to another day, free of charge. Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Yes. Everyone must purchase an advance ticket online. Visitors will not be able to purchase a ticket from our staff on-site. You will be able to choose a specific time to start your visit. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
Please ensure you arrive on time. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the museum later than your booked start time. This is due to the limited capacity of the museum, as a result of the guidelines issued by Ontario Public Health. Allow for sufficient time to park and make your way to the museum entrance.
Visitors are responsible for arriving on time for the visit time indicated on their ticket.
While some tickets are available on site, visitors are required to purchase their tickets online to ensure they can visit at their desired time. Unable to purchase your tickets online or have questions? Please contact our Customer Relations Team by phone at: 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416, or by email: contact@IngeniumCanada.org.
No, there is no restriction on the duration of your visit. Please note that an average visit takes approximately two hours.
No. In order to respect the reduced site capacity, re-entry is not permitted.
Currently, the museum is only open to individual visitors.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is open year-round.
Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Monday (inclusive).
The museum is open on statutory holidays, except December 25.
The museum offers free admission from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please reserve your tickets in advance.
Special Masked Hours
The museum will be offering Special Masked Hours. Masks will be mandatory for all visitors during this time to give vulnerable and high-risk individuals an option to visit the museum in an environment with more health measures in place. No exceptions will be made. The date and time will soon be announced.
Visit the Museum today. Your admission fee includes great family-friendly programming and access to a world-renowned collection for self-guided exploration or a guided tour. Current admission fees are:
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|Category||Fees for visits before June 1, 2022||Fees for visits after June 1, 2022|
|Senior (age 60+) / Student *||$13||$14|
|Youth (ages 3-17)||$10||$11|
|Child (age 2 and under)||Free||Free|
|Family (6 pers. - max 2 adults)||$38||$41|
All admission prices do not include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
Admission is free daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. You MUST reserve your ticket online in advance for that time slot.
*Students must show valid student identification.
** Free admission does not apply to special exhibitions and events.
Complimentary parking passes are available to Veterans at the admissions desk.
Ingenium offers free admission to all active Canadian military personnel, Canadian military veterans, Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and a support leader accompanying a person with disabilities. When available, presentation of an Identification Card is requested.
Become a member for unlimited free admission!
If you have a pass for a free museum visit, please check in at the museum’s front desk. You will be able to access the museum at the next available time slot. Please note that we cannot guarantee access to our museum at a specific time.
Group Fees (minimum 15 people)
In order to maintain required health and safety practises at our sites, we are unable to accommodate group visits at this time.
11 Aviation Parkway in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Museum is a must-see destination in Canada’s Capital Region. Located just ten minutes from Parliament Hill by car, the Museum is easily accessible. Visit by car, bicycle, public transit, or even airplane!
From downtown Ottawa:
- Follow Sussex Drive east (becomes the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway)
- Exit at Aviation Parkway
From Ottawa west:
- Follow Highway 417 east
- Take exit 115, St Laurent Blvd north
- Turn right on Ogilvie Road
- Turn left on Aviation Parkway
From Ottawa east:
- Follow Highway 174 west
- Take exit 115, St Laurent Blvd north
- Turn right on Ogilvie Road
- Turn left on Aviation Parkway
- Follow Highway 417 west
- Take exit 113B, Aviation Parkway
The Museum is conveniently located on the Ottawa River Pathway. Find out more about the capital’s cycling paths on the National Capital Commission website.
By Public Transit
OC Transpo route 25 brings you to the Museum. Please check the route schedule and map carefully, as not all 25 buses bring you directly to the Museum’s doorstep.
Alternatively, OC Transpo route 7 takes you to the intersection of St Laurent Boulevard and Hemlock Road. From there, you can walk to the Museum by following Hemlock Road eastwards to the Aviation Parkway. (Approximate distance to the Museum is 1.4 kilometres.)
The Museum is conveniently located next to the Ottawa Rockcliffe Airport, home of the Rockcliffe Flying Club. GPS co-ordinates are N45 27 46 W75 38 46. If visiting by airplane:
- When you arrive at Rockcliffe, contact the Rockcliffe Flying Club at radio frequency 123.5 — club personnel will notify the Museum of your visit.
- Taxi over to the Museum, and park at the northeast corner of the building.
- A Museum Visitor Services staff member will greet you and escort you to the Museum.
The museum offers paid, on-site parking, with registration of your license plate.
ON-SITE PARKING – PAY BY PHONE!
Please pay for parking on-site upon arrival.
Download the Park Indigo app on your phone before your museum visit and skip the lines at the pay stations.
- Download the app on IOS or Android.
- When you arrive at the museum, find a parking spot.
- Using the app, select the museum as your location.
- Enter your licence plate number.
- Select the desired amount of time (average visit is a minimum of 2 hours).
- Pay by phone* and enjoy your museum visit!
*Please pay for parking on-site. Paying in advance does NOT GUARANTEE a parking place.
ON-SITE PARKING FEES
- $3 per hour
- $8 daily maximum
- $4 evening flat rate after 5 p.m.
Rates include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
An average visit to the museum lasts two hours.
A daily maximum parking ticket is valid at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum (same day only).
The museum remains committed to providing visitors with an affordable educational experience. All parking revenues will be invested in the museum to support programming. Automated pay stations are conveniently located and easy to use.
ON-SITE PAYMENT METHODS
If you are unable to download the Park Indigo app, you may make use of the on-site pay stations by using coins, Visa, Mastercard, or Amex. Please respect the guidelines for physical distancing, handwashing, and wearing a mask while paying for parking.
DESIGNATED ACCESSIBLE PARKING
As part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to accessibility, designated spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required). There is no fee for parking vehicles with this valid permit.
Free Parking for Veterans
Complimentary parking is available for Veterans by visiting the museum front desk (remember your licence plate number).
We recommend you download the Park Indigo app on your phone before your museum visit, for a touchless option.
However, for those who are unable to do so, the existing parking meters will be available.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is dedicated to accessibility for all.
With a few minor exceptions, the museum building and grounds are barrier-free. Regular and motorized wheelchairs are available for use in the museum. Strollers are also available. There is no extra charge for wheelchair or stroller use. For individuals or groups with special needs, such as visual or hearing impairments or learning disabilities, museum staff will gladly work with you to accommodate.
Designated Accessible Parking
As part of the Museum’s commitment to full accessibility, designated spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required). There is no fee for parking vehicles with this permit.
Site Plan and Facilities
There are lots of things to see and do as you explore Canada’s aviation and aerospace technology! Among the museum’s highlights are the largest surviving pieces of the famous Avro Arrow (its nose section and two wing tips), the original Canadarm used on the Endeavour space shuttle and the Lancaster bomber from the Second World War.
For your health and safety, the following are currently unavailable: the Health in Space exhibition, the Cessna demonstration area, the Redbird simulator, F-16s simulators, Glider Studio (young children play area), the Demonstration Stage, the Observation deck, and the Hangar.
Some interactive touch experiences in the exhibitions are not currently available. This is to meet the City of Ottawa’s current public health guidelines.
Visit the full list of exhibitions that are open and closed.
Visitors to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum enjoy more than just a world-renowned collection of aircraft and artifacts. Top-notch facilities and amenities ensure your visit is both memorable and comfortable.
The museum is fully accessible and barrier-free. Regular and motorized wheelchairs, as well as strollers, are available at no extra cost. As part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to accessibility, designated parking spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required). There is no fee for parking vehicles with this valid permit.
Washrooms, public telephones, and an ATM are all conveniently located near the main entrance. See the Floor Plan for a detailed map of the museum’s interior.
Enhance Your Experience
Guests are invited to enjoy the museum’s outdoor picnic tables, weather permitting. And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the Aeronautica Boutique.
Renting the museum's venues
Ingenium and its three museum sites are available for events.
Please note that some of our spaces may not be available for booking, and events may be limited based on provincial guidelines for capacity and social distancing.
Check with our events team for available dates.
Guests can still enjoy the entire collection of aircraft featured in the museum, in addition to Engine Alley and the Canada in Space exhibition. Interactive touch experiences in the exhibitions are not currently available.
The following areas will remain temporarily closed for health and safety reasons:
- Health In Space: Daring to Explore
- Museum demonstration areas
- Runway observation area
- Flight simulators (including the Redbird)
- Preschool play area
- Outdoor play structure
Food and Drink
The Collective | Le Collectif; an Urban Element experience is the new café at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Learn more about The Collective | Le Collectif.
Check out The Collective | Le Collectif seasonal menu!
hours of operation
Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bottle-filler fountains are available on-site. For health and safety reasons, there are no drinking fountains. We recommend guests bring their own water bottle.
Food and drink are not permitted on the museum floor.
During temperate weather, picnic tables are available adjacent to the museum
Yes, but there is a limited number of picnic tables.
Your visit to the Museum is sure to be memorable. Keep the experience fresh with a souvenir from the Aeronautica Boutique. Or, find the perfect gift for the aviation enthusiast in your life.
A wide selection of “flight-flavoured” items includes:
- airplane and space shuttle toys
- collectibles and executive gifts
- adult and children’s apparel
- aviation books and DVDs
- lapel pins and key chains
- model kits
Hours of operation
The Boutique is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays to Mondays.
Become a member of Ingenium and receive a 10% discount on regularly priced items at all times at the Boutique.
The Boutique is open on statutory holidays, except December 25.
(All prices in Canadian dollars; shipping extra)
Filming and Photos
Cameras and video cameras are permitted in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Devices must be hand-held, and photographs or films must be for personal use only.
The aircraft and artifacts on display throughout the Museum may be easily damaged. Visitors are asked to respect barriers and exercise care when photographing or filming.