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“A hidden gem”

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Ranked #6 of 169 things to do in Winnipeg
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Winnipeg's Aviation Museum is temporarily closed for relocation, and scheduled to reopen in 2020. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and display of Canada's unique aviation heritage from the golden age of bush flying.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

Very interesting to see all the planes, and there were surprises around every corner. Its a self-guided tour however they do have guided tours available. It's a great place to learn about Canadian aviation history from bush planes to fighter jets. There is lots of parking available. The only issue is it can be a bit difficult to find and get to as it is by the Winnipeg international airport. Got to actually go inside the displayed Viscount, which was really a trip back in time! Lots of displays and on-going restorations to view and there are some rare artifacts featured such as one of the original Avro Arrow nose cones, which my husband was apoplectic about!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank bansema777
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"guided tour"
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"international airport"
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"vintage aircraft"
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"avro arrow"
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"air force"
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"kids area"
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"observation deck"
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"large collection"
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"lots of history"
in 6 reviews
"great place to visit"
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"kids and adults"
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Go back in time and see some of great Canadian Aero history. Really nice restored exhibits. Nostalgia!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank DNS666
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Our 12 year old asked to visit here on our trip to Winnipeg. We lucked out and went on the guided tour they have on certain days. Our tour guide Gerry was fantastic! Lots of interesting information and a bunch of little jokes! We loved it and would definitely go back!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank jmfries1972
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Spent a few hours enjoying the aircraft on display, very interesting look back at Canadian aviation history and the bush plane gallery which help to open up the north was great. We were able to sit in and walk through a couple of the planes. They also have some interactive displays. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank butch447
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

If you've got a long layover or you live in the Winnipeg area...A GEM !!! as it's only a ten minute cab ride to the beginning of passenger air travel in Winnipeg. It's current location is the original Winnipeg passenger air terminal. You enter at the original check-in desk and scale (for weighing your luggage and the passenger). The flight announcement board is maintained and the original boarding gate is off to the right.

The building is unique as the Air Canada Vickers's Viscounts were serviced here until servicing was moved to headquarters in Montreal. The tails of the Viscounts were too tall for the hangar doors so a mobile jack system raised the nose wheel to drop the stabilizer enough to pass under both entering and when service was complete.

A full tour of the inside of the Viscount (accompanied by museum staff) shows the rear entrance for passengers, with a coat check area rear of that door. The galley hasn't changed much. The overhead bins were merely shelves for hats and coats as carry-on did not exist as all luggage was stowed.

For access to the emergency exits mid cabin you climbed over the seats and avoided the rope ladder that was affixed in a ceiling locker. the window punched out. Lots more stories to see and hear.

The number and sizes of the various bush planes tell a history of canadian discovery (mapping) and the continuing supply for the outlying communities.

Soon a new location is to be built nearer to the main passenger terminal but visit this one before its lost to the wrecking ball.

Kudos to the volunteers for the hundreds and thousands of hours spent restoring these aircraft...A truly historical cornucopia of Canadian aviation.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank bobbriggs2016
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