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Exploring Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa (Review)

Did you know, our nation’s capital has MANY incredible museums? They are so fun to visit all year long but during our cold winter months, we were especially grateful to have these establishments so close by for exploring and keeping us busy. We had a great time at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and you will find below our review!

Canada Aviation and Space Museum Review

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Ingenium Museums 3-in-1 Membership

One of our favourite museums is the newly re-opened Canada Science and Technology Museum. I reviewed it a couple of months back for Ottawa Mommy Club and since then decided to visit the Canada Aviation & Space Museum. When you have a membership for Ingenium you get unlimited access to all three of their museums (Aviation, Science and Tech, and Agriculture), it’s such a great deal!

Ingenium Membership Benefits

Not only do you have access to all three Ottawa museums, but through their reciprocal agreement, you have access to over 360 museums and science centres throughout Canada and the world! You also have the option to purchase a parking pass which is really cost effective if you’re visiting the museums often. There is a 10% discount for members in their gift shops, and cafeterias. You can see all the perks here.

An Ottawa Museum Rich in History

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is so neat, full of history with a collection containing a huge variety of aircrafts from before the 1stWorld War to today. Fun for adults but of course my 2 and 4 year old boys just get a kick out of looking at all these huge aircrafts. They were in awe!

One thing I love most about this museum is that it’s a HUGE space, so it’s perfect to let your littles run around, explore and burn energy. I feel confident taking the two of them there alone and not losing them. There is a big open space in the middle of the museum with all sorts of toy planes that they can sit on and drive, almost like tricycles. They absolutely love this, and that’s a big win for me! 

Jax got a kick out of the simulator machine that you could pretend you are flying with your arms spread out following the on-screen instruction. This was pretty cool.

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Fun Demonstrations 

The museum offers demonstrations throughout the day at the back of the museum. We were there just in time for the ejection seat demonstration which happens at 2pm everyday, among many others. Jax got to demonstrate and thought this was really cool. Check out the museum’s video under Things to Do!

Guided Tours

Of course, you can do your own self-guided tour and spend all sorts of time at your own pace, but they do also offer guided tours. We went on a weekday which was great because we had the whole place to discover basically all by ourselves, however, had I known that they also do kids tours every Saturday at 11am, we will definitely do that next! Good thing we have a membership! 

Spacious Play Area

Tucked away by the gift shop is a little play room full of toys including, planes (of course), blocks, puppets, colouring books, plenty of toddler tables, chairs and more! We wrapped up our day playing for a good 45 minutes, it was so fun they didn’t want to leave… it’s always fun playing with other people’s toys, right?

Jax, Hudson and I highly recommend the Canada Aviation & Space Museum and we can’t wait to visit again!

Born and raised in Ottawa, I’m a wife and mom of two beautiful toddler boys that keep me busy having fun at home and running all over the city exploring new adventures. I studied Communications and Marketing at Carleton University which led me to a Marketing career in the Shopping centre and Real estate industries. That led me to selling homes. I’m currently employed in my hardest and most rewarding role of all, as a Stay at home mom. I love being a mom and am a huge kid at heart, hence why I love taking my kids to everything and experiencing all that this city has to offer. I’m fun loving, love shopping, reading, and watching movies. I also am a dog lover and have a beautiful German Shepherd Nika.

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  1. I just love the Science & Technology museum, but I don’t remember to much of the Aviation & Space museum. From your photos it looks like a really fun place to spend an afternoon.

  2. How fun would this prize be!!!!!! My family would love to visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and I bet the first thing my son would do was to hit up the simulation machine for sure! I would love to watch the daily ejection seat demonstrations…how fun!!!!


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