We had a record-breaking week in September at the Alberta Aviation Museum with Open Cockpit Day on 23rd and Servus Community Access night on the 28th. More than 1000 people came through our doors during the two events.
Open Cockpit Day attracted 700 paying visitors, two-and-a-half times the number we had last year. Servus’ free admission night attracted more than 300 people for the free, three-hour event.

“We are experiencing an explosion of interest in our museum,” says Events Coordinator Zena Conlin. “Edmontonians are finally realizing that we are here to stay and have an amazing story to tell.”

The number of children in the crowd is also a very encouraging sign, says Conlin. “We feel it’s our role to share Alberta’s aviation heritage with the next generation. Clearly we are on the right path.”

Courtney Luke and her husband brought their three small children, the youngest only seven months old to the Servus event.

“We came across it online on a Facebook page. My two year old loves airplanes,” Luke says.

She appreciates Servus’ decision to sponsor the free Community Access Night every month.

“With three kids, it’s expensive. So we are always looking for cheap or innexpensive things to do and this certainly fits the bill. It’s something we will definately try out again.”

The next Servus Community Access Night will be held October 26 from 5-8pm. Many thanks to Servus for becoming a partner with the museum and to their staff for helping open our facility to a whole new audience. You can find more about Servus Community Partnerships here. More coverage of Open Cockpit Day 2017 can be found here.