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Air Defense Museum
La Baie , Quebec
Tourism Region: Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Canadian military aviation history has been marked by exceptional heroes and their extraordinary exploits. The Masters of the Sky exhibition relates the glory and misfortunes of these airmen through history.

A first in Quebec, the multimedia exhibition State of Alert presents aircraft that criss-crossed the skies over the course of time. Using augmented reality technology, visitors are plunged into an unusual sensory environment that is truly unforgettable.

Furthermore, one hundred years ago, a new weapon arrived on the military scene, changing war radically: the airplane. The exhibition Scourge of War relates the history of aviation during the First World War, a dark period of humanity in which soldiers and civilians alike faced a new threat, one that came from the sky.

Finally, don't miss out on the popular guided tour of the Bagotville base. See fighter jets close up and watch actual take-offs on the only military base in Canada that is open to the public during operating hours.

Discover the Air Defence Museum and uncover the secrets of Canada's aviation history – you will see just how critical Bagotville has been and continues to be to our country's air force.

About the Collections
Parts and military uniforms
Air navigation instruments
Artifacts from military aircraft
Books, etc.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: environ 7 000

Our archives include documents and military uniforms, photographs, aerial navigation instruments, medals, artifacts from military aircraft, maps, and various personal documents, planes, helicopters and books.
Cartographic Materials • Electronic Records • Prints and Drawings • Manuscripts • Films and Videos • Photographs • Sound Recordings • Textual Records
• Other : Pièces d'appareils

Decorative Arts
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery • Costumes • Glass • Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork
• Other : N/A

Fine Arts
Only a few paintings on military
Culture: Canadian
Period: Contemporary
Media: Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings • Sculpture • Film and Video
Other : N/A

Human History
Le Musée de la Défense aérienne a pour objet de traiter de l'histoire de l'aviation militaire canadienne, en mettant l'emphase sur l'aspect humain. Les artéfacts possédés servent à soutenir cet aspect (voir ci-dessous)
Ceremonial Objects • Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices • Communications Devices • Costumes and Accessories • Currency • Electricity • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Medals • Memorabilia • Military History and Technology • Oral History • Physics, Mathematics or Metrology • Printing and Bookbinding • Religious or Liturgical Objects • Sports Equipment • Stamps • Transportation : Aviation • Local History • Weapons
• Other : N/A

Natural Sciences

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Services & Activities
Identification et évaluation d'artéfacts

Research Services
Historical research on topics related to Canadian military aviation
Archival Records • Library • Object or Scientific specimen identification • Conservation or Restoration
• Other : N/A

Educational Programs
Available Soon
School Programs : Age 5-11 (k-6) : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary) • Classes or Workshops • Films
• Other : N/A

Visitor Services
Gift Shop
Picnic area with tables
Bilingual Services • Films and Videos • Guided Tours : English : French • Accessible by Public Transportation • Audio Guides : English : French • Children's Activities or Services : Nursing area or Change Table • Parking Facilities : Free : Bus • Gift shop • Special Needs Facilities : Parking : Signs : Washrooms : Wheelchairs available : Wheelchair access • Washrooms
• Other : N/A
• Other Guided Tours: N/A

Volunteer Services

Number of volunteers: 56
Activities: Representation on Board of Directors
Restoring artefacts
Organization fundraising
Design of advertising material
Various tasks related to preparing the opening

Member Privileges

Food Services
Picnic Area
• Other : N/A

Internet Services
General Information  •  Collections  •  Events  •  Virtual Exhibitions  •  Education  •  Children  •  Directions or Map  • 

Other Services

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Publications & Products
Divers souvenirs

Posters • Postcards • Brochures • Books • Monographs • T-Shirts or Sweatshirts or Caps • Commemorative Souvenirs • Other : N/A

Hours & Admission

Operation: Year Round  By Appointment 
June-September: guided tours of the museum and 3 Wing Bagotville
October-May: tours of the museum only
Open: June to September : everyday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Guided tour of the Base: 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. It is best to reserve a seat in advance.
We accept groups of 20 and more only with a reservation.
Off season (September in mid June): the museum can welcome groups of 20 or more only with a reservation.
Closed: Outside the period from June to September, we are open for groups who have previously done a reservation request.
Admission: Charged
Adults: $12
Children under 5: Free
Students: $6
Seniors: $8
Groups of 20 or more: $8 per person
Families : 2 adults, 2 students: $28
2 adults, 3 students: $33
Veterans and active military personnel of the Department of National Defense: Free
Discounts: Seniors • Students • Groups

Air Defense Museum
6513, chemin Saint-Anicet,  La Baie,  Quebec 
G7B 3N8
Telephone:   1-418-677-7159
Fax:   1-418-677-4104

E-mail: museebagotville@forces.gc.ca

Mailing Address:
Air Defense Museum
P.O. Box 567 , Alouette , Quebec
G0V 1A0

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Last updated: 2014 05 05