The south-east corner of Victoria International Airport is home to the BC Aviation Museum complete with 3 hangers chock full of early flying machines that will thrill both the aviation enthusiast as well as simply enthusiastic visitors of all ages. The museum is open year round with the exception of Christmas and New Years. Guests can take in a wide selection of aviation art, browse the library, visit the gift shop and even arrange special group tours for schools and other organizations such as Scouts, Girl Guides, and community programs. Groups and organizations are invited to book their visit by calling 250.655.3300
The main hanger houses all manner of flying machines including some early examples of machines that were meant to soar but, for one reason or other, never quite made it off the ground. The exhibit includes many flying machines that have been painstakingly restored to make them airworthy but intended solely for ground display.
The displays that one will find begin with what are known as the ‘Early Birds’ that date back prior to 1913 including a life-size replica of the DaVinci Ornithoper. Unfortunately the early dream of soaring through the air in this human-powered machine complete with flapping wings never quite made it off the ground. Other equally amazing displays of early flying machines include the Chanute-Type Glider, Gibson Twin Plane, the Hawks, and War Birds along with more modern examples of aircraft.
The museum’s library provides a rich source of interesting aviation material for visitors who simply wish to relax and explore or for the more serious who are looking for in depth research. With more than 8,000 titles, 600 videos, 13,500+ magazines and pictures, there is something that is sure to interest all ages in this fascinating library. While all are welcome, those who wish to take full advantage of all the resources the library has to offer will need to take out a membership. Library staff also welcomes inquiries by phone at 250.655.3300 or via email at: [email protected].
The museum gift shop has a wide range of aviation related souvenirs and gifts that are sure to please all ages. Among some of the many items they carry are: toys/models, jewelry, key chains, mugs, books, DVDs, and more. General or more specific information about the gift shop is available by contacting them directly at: [email protected] .
The BC Aviation Museum also has a restoration facility located next to the Main Display Hanger and while all visitors are welcome, they must be accompanied by a tour guide. Included in this 5,000 square foot hanger are areas for metal and wood working as well as instrument repair and parts storage. Restoration of these incredible aircraft is handled by a group of extremely dedicated volunteers and includes the likes of the North American Harvard Mk.II, the Auster AOP 6, and more.
The museum hosts a number of year round activities and events which are posted on their website.
Admission to the museum is:
Youth (13 – 18 yrs) $ 8.00
Children (7 – 12 yrs) $ 4.00
Children under 6 years and under are free when accompanied by a family member.
Group rates – groups must be pre-booked and have a minimum of 10 people. These rates can be obtained by calling 250.655.3300
Museum hours are:
Summer Hours: (May 1 to Sept. 30) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: (Oct. 1 to April 30) 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Both Admission rates and hours are also available by scrolling to the bottom of the museum’s main page.
The BC Aviation Museum also includes detailed directions for getting to their facility.