April 04 – April 30
A prediction of shiny airliners taking off from Winnipeg en-route to destinations east and west seemed like a far-fetched dream to many Canadians in the early 1930s. Yet, in 1938, Winnipeg’s position at the centre of Canada made it the perfect location for the newly formed Trans-Canada Air Line’s (TCA) head office. Winnipeg was quickly transformed into one of the nation’s busiest air centres. The historic building, where more than 1,200 people — including maintenance, customer service, clerical, and management staff — once worked to keep the TCA fleet flying, is today home to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. You are invited to the original TCA headquarters, to board the historic Vickers Viscount, and experience a trip back in time. Guided tours are free with paid admission. Tours are always free for members. Tours are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm.
May 02 – May 30
The myriad rivers of the north and the vast frozen plains of the south challenged early explorers and settlers of Manitoba. Bush planes—which first appeared in Manitoba skies in 1920—provided a gateway to the vast northern resources of our province and today form the backbone of the modern industry. The challenge of adapting the fair-weather bush planes of the 1920s and 1930s to our extreme climate launched many Manitobans to hero status, among them “Punch” Dickins and “Wop” May.
Manitoba inventors and engineers made countless breakthroughs, from cold-weather flying technology to Canada’s first helicopter, and advances in satellites and rocketry. Join us during the month of May to learn more about Manitoba’s flying heritage. Tours are free with admission. Tours are always free for members. Tours are held each week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.
The second floor at the museum will be closed until 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The second floor at the museum will be closed from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2017 for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The museum will be closed on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 for a private event. The Windsock Gift Shop will be open. We apologize for any inconvenience.
We’re celebrating two birthdays on May 12, 2017 and you’re invited! Firstly, to mark Canada’s 150th, we are unveiling a special birthday “gift” to our valued visitors. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada has partnered with the Canada Aviation & Space Museum in Ottawa to take your museum experience into the digital age! You will now be able to go in-depth with the compelling stories of aviation history via your hand-held device. This new digital interactive, audio/visual guide draws you into the adventure – starting with a brand-new exhibit of James A. Richardson’s dream to develop an airline industry and then takes you on a compelling journey featuring the aircraft that showcases Canada’s innovation and pioneering spirit.
James A. Richardson was a proud Manitoban and considered to be the “Father of Commercial Aviation in Canada.” His story spans our great country and you will be drawn into it with a full account of his venture and adventure, digitally. This new program and exhibit will be open to the public on Manitoba Day, May 12th.
Visit us at any time during regular hours Monday through Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, or Sundays: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Regular admission rates apply, but if you want to get in on the best value-for-money deal, purchase a membership and you will get free admission for 12 months of the year, on any day and to any event the museum offers. See you then!