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Canadian Air and Space Museum (formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum)
Established 1997
Location de Havilland Canada aircraft manufacturing building, Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Type Aviation Museum
Curator Paul Cabot - Manager & Curator
Public transit access Downsview (TTC) station, Route 101 Downsview Park bus

The Canadian Air and Space Museum (formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum) is an aviation museum featuring artifacts, exhibits and stories illustrating a century of Canadian aviation heritage and achievements. The museum is located in a hangar that once housed the original de Havilland Canada aircraft manufacturing building.

Located in what is now known as Downsview Park, the hangar was later appropriated by the Royal Canadian Air Force as a part of RCAF Station Downsview, and then later as CFB Toronto, which was closed in April 1996.

The institution is largely run by volunteers, and has the goal of educating visitors on the Canadian aerospace industry and technology.


The building

The museum is housed in what was the original factory for the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada. It is the oldest surviving aircraft factory building in Canada.[1] This building saw the creation of the de Havilland Beaver and Otter bush planes which helped to open the Canadian North, and was also the place where Alouette I, the first Canadian satellite was assembled.

Collection and exhibits

Current museum displays include: an Avro Lancaster undergoing restoration; a full-scale replica of the Avro Arrow, a de Havilland Tiger Moth, Grumman Tracker and many other Canadian-made aircraft. The museum also houses the original equipment that was used to build over a thousand Curtiss JN-4 biplanes in between 1917 and 1918, flight training simulators from the 1940s and 1950s, and exhibits relating to the history of Downsview air force base.


List of Aircraft displayed

Engine Collection


Art gallery

  • The First DH82C Tiger Moth original oil painting by Charles Kadin, 1998.

Planned expansion

The museum was re-launched under its new name on February 20, 2009.[2] The museum currently has plans to further renovate the premises to better house their large exhibits and to provide more detailed information for visitors and school programs. There will be specific galleries to house the full-sized Avro Arrow replica, another for the Avro Lancaster, and additional galleries dedicated to the history of the de Havilland aircraft company, Canadian achievements in space, including a theatre and planetarium.


The Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.


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