Winnipeg aviation museum to get new building

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg is getting a new two-storey addition. Image courtesy Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Facebook
The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg is getting a new two-storey addition.
Image courtesy Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Facebook

The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg is getting $8.8 million in funding from the federal government for a new two-storey building to accommodate its artifacts.

The museum is home to an extensive collection of aircraft ranging from transport to military, private and commercial, as well as thousands of aviation artifacts.

A new facility of approximately 7990 m2 (86,000 sf) will be built to accommodate current and future artifacts. Once complete, the public will have access to interactive spaces, classrooms, a library, special exhibitions, and galleries. The second floor will feature an observation deck with views of the aircraft runway and the main aircraft display space on the first floor.

“This is an extraordinary day in Canada’s aviation history,” said Terry Slobodian, CEO of the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. “We will soon begin the construction of an aviation adventure and signature attraction to house this world-class collection of pioneering aircraft as a beacon of inspiration and learning for generations to come.”

The museum is scheduled to open in 2021.

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