The museum is open year-round but hours vary seasonally.
|May 1 to September 3||Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|September 4 to May 1||Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays|
The museum is open on statutory holidays except December 25.
- Open tuesdays during Ontario and Quebec March breaks (March 6 and March 13)
The museum will close at 2 p.m. on December 24
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:
|Senior (age 60+) / Student *||$13|
|Youth (ages 3-17)||$10|
|Child (age 2 and under)||Free|
|Family (6 pers. - max 2 adults)||$38|
Fees do not include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
Admission is free daily between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
*Students must show valid student identification.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum participates in the Canada's Capital Museums Passport Program: 3 Museums - 3 Days - 35 Dollars.
Group access and tours are arranged separately. Discounted rates apply.
Additional fees apply for certain amenities, such as flight simulators and parking. Complimentary parking passes are available to Veterans.
Take your next gathering to new heights at the Museum. A variety of group programming includes:
- Educational programs for pre-school, primary, and secondary school groups
- Museum guided tours of the world-renowned collection
- Self-guided tours to explore the collection at your own pace
- Birthday parties to celebrate a child’s birthday in style
- Sleepovers for an overnight adventure
- From the Ground up an evening of activities and workshops
- Reserve Hangar tours to see even more of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s world-renowned collection
Reservations must be made in advance to ensure the best possible experience for your group. Contact the Reservations Office for more information: 613-991-3053. The office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (excluding holidays).
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.
OC Transpo route 129 brings you to the Museum. Please check the route schedule and map carefully, as not all 129 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.
$3.00 per hour
$8.00 maximum per day
Machines accept coins, Visa and MasterCard.
Rates include applicable taxes and are subject to change without notice.
An average visit to the Museum lasts two hours.
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.
Designated Accessible Parking
As part of the Museum’s commitment to full accessibility, designated spaces are available for people with special needs (permit required).
Free Parking for Veterans
Complimentary parking passes are available for Veterans.
You can pick up each of these guides at the Museum’s Admission desk.
The Reserve Hangar houses many interesting aircraft that are not listed in the Museum floor plan. Details on all aircraft in the collection are available online. Reserve Hangar tours are also offered daily.
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. Designated accessible spaces are also available in the Museum parking lot.
Washrooms, public telephones, a coat room, and an ATM are all conveniently located near the main entrance. See the Museum Floor Plan for a detailed map of the Museum interior.
Enhance Your Experience
Experience the sensation of flight in one of the Museum’s flight simulators. Or, enjoy the real thing with a helicopter flight or biplane ride. (Additional fees apply.)
Enjoy a snack or a light meal in Café La Vigilance, or at the covered outdoor picnic tables, weather permitting. And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from the Aeronautica Boutique.
Rent the Museum’s Facilities
The Museum also offers an array of impressive and multi-functional spaces for rent. Let the Museum provide the backdrop and services for your next meeting or event.
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. The Museum also provides designated accessible parking.
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. Please alert Museum staff of any special needs when booking an educational program or group visit.
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. The second-floor mezzanine offers a terrific view of the entire collection.
Need to refuel while enjoying the programs and exhibitions at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum? Enjoy a snack or a light meal at Café La Vigilance, conveniently located within the Museum.
Food and drink are not permitted on the Museum floor.
Catering is available for programming and events.
During temperate weather, a covered picnic area is available adjacent to the Museum.
From May to September: The cafeteria is open seven days a week during Museum hours. Museum admission is not required.
From September to May: The cafeteria is open Friday to Sunday. It is closed Monday to Thursday but service is available through vending machines offering sandwiches/salads/snacks and a coffee and tea service.
- The Café will be open the weeks of February 2-19 for Winterlude (closed Tuesdays)
- The Café will be open for March breaks in Ontario and Quebec
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
May 1 to September 3 Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
September 4 to May 1 Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays
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)
ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES AT THE CANADA AVIATION AND SPACE MUSEUM
As part of its mandate, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum must provide a safe environment for visitors and employees. The possession of, or use of, objects that are dangerous or prohibited by law is not permitted on the premises during museum visits or events at our establishment.
To that end, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will be enhancing security and control methods to fulfill its safekeeping and surveillance duties. The Museum reserves the right to implement the following measures as required.
- Backpacks, coolers, sports bags, strollers, and purses will be subject to “bag searches” at all entry points.
- Should you exit the building or event area for any reason, you will be subject to a subsequent “bag search” upon re-entry.
The following items are not permitted in the museum, or any event area:
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