What better place to visit than the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, just under an hour away from us, in Hamilton, ON. This organisation works to restore, preserve, and display aircraft flown by the Canadian military since the beginning of World War II, as well as a variety of associated artifacts. The CWHM provides educational programming for school groups, summer camps, sleepovers, a unique setting for catered events (including weddings!) and a wealth of historical information and knowledgeable volunteer interpreters.
As we pulled into the parking lot, Boo spied this jet out front and almost squealed. "Is that a real plane, Mommy, or just a model?" It's a real one. He jumped out and ran over to take some photos. This set an exciting mood to start our visit.
Before entering the hangar with the planes there are numerous informational and artifact displays concerning the development of the Canadian air forces and life during the wars. Uniforms, badges, medals, plane parts, ration cards, and more are on display. Just think of what it was like for our parents and grandparents using these ration cards to get their groceries. I really like the great information provided on women's roles during the wars as well, both in the forces and on the homefront.
The planes in the hangar, and out on the tarmac, are fascinating. displays of aircraft artwork, bomb bays and more make for lots of entertainment.
You can see more photos of our visit over on the Raising My Boys Facebook page.
The CWHM is open year-round, 7 days a week, 9-5 (excluding Christmas and New Years). Children 5 and under are free, and other admission rates run from $8-12 each. Group pricing is available. It is located at the Hamilton International Airport, 9280 Airport Road in Mount Hope, ON. Parking is free. I should also note that they have a licensed canteen, serving affordable and yummy lunch options. Special kids meals are available.
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Disclosure: I received complimentary access to the museum to facilitate this post. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.