The Edmonton Regional Airports Authority announced late Saturday it was donating a five-hectare site at the Villeneuve Airport, northwest of Edmonton, which will house the new Alberta Flying Heritage Museum.
“It’s going to be a very different museum than the Alberta Aviation Museum is going to have to evolve into,” said Thomas Hinderks, executive director of the Alberta Aviation Museum.
The existing facility at the City Centre Airport will continue to operate as a traditional static-style museum after the airport shuts down. Due to a lack of space, it will focus on telling Edmonton’s aviation history from 1911 to 2013.
The new museum will celebrate aviation history covering central and northern Alberta.
“The new museum will focus on living history and the experience, with the majority of its aircraft being flying aircraft and operated regularly. There will be a focus on interactive exhibits,” Hinderks said.
Construction of the first building on-site is expected to start early next year.
The project will cost about $10 million and fundraising will start immediately. Initial discussions have also begun with the provincial and federal governments for contributions, Hinderks said.