Plan Your Visit


What to Expect

Did you know that Winnipeg is home to Canada’s first international airport? Or that the very first helicopter to fly in Canada was built in rural Manitoba? Would you be intrigued if we said you could see evidence of a top-secret project initiated during the Cold War?

Take a journey throughout time, from the golden age of aviation in the 20’s and 30’s, to the present day. Learn how aviation has shaped our country and leave wondering, “what’s next?”


Our new, purpose-built, state-of-the-art building is prominently located on Wellington Avenue, the main entrance/exit road for Winnipeg Richardson International Airport.

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, a modern beige building with a glass front peak is pictured against a blue sky dotted with clouds. The museum is photographed from a low angle so the grass in the foreground fills the lower half of the frame.
Our beautiful new museum.
David Lipnowski photo

Upon entering the museum, under the majestic figure of a Tiger Moth hanging overhead, visitors begin exploring the Richardson Gallery of Flight.

Visitors will be guided by the story of flight across western and northern Canada through 14 immersive galleries, including 22 aircraft and a rich selection of artefacts. The galleries highlighting Manitoba’s remarkable contribution to aviation history and the wonder behind the science of flight will inspire future aviators and inventors.

As the museum seeks to honour and commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ history and aviation in Western Canada, we share stories of Indigenous involvement in aviation across Northern Manitoba throughout the exhibits covering two floors of display space.

The museum also features:

  • outdoor Aviation Plaza
  • Founders’ Observation Lounge
  • kids’ zone for interactive play
  • a temporary gallery for visiting exhibits
  • archive room
  • volunteer collection management space
  • Landing Zone Boutique gift shop
  • snack bar
  • meeting rooms
  • unique venue space for special events
museum map
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