The Canadian Air & Space Museum (formerly the Toronto Aerospace Museum) was founded in Toronto in 1997 as a registered non-profit organization (Number BN 87605 3968 RR0001). Located in the original manufacturing factory of the iconic de Havilland Aircraft of Canada, located in Downsview Park, the Museum showcased aviation and aerospace history to thousands of visitors and school groups each year. The Museum was run and supported by a small staff and hundreds of volunteers.
While the Canadian Air & Space Museum has always prided itself on telling the distinctly Canadian stories of aviation, military, and aerospace science and technology, it equally tells the stories of the people connected to these innovations. In doing so, the museum is not only chronicling their achievements, it is honouring these larger than life pioneers, and preserving their legacies for future generations.
In September 2011, the Museum's buildings were designated to be repurposed and the Museum needed to pack up and find a new home.