Talk:List of aerospace museums

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Scope is going to become a problem here unless it's carefully defined somewhere. I've just added quite a few museums from around the world based on this excellent website. This was a very interesting exercise for the purpose of learning about the wide variety of collections and institutions that might be thought of as an aerospace museum.

A few suggestions based on this experience:

Major institutions:

  • Any national museum of aviation, space, or air force, naval aviation, or army aviation museum – include; these are the cornerstones of this list!
  • Any national museum of science, technology, transport, or national military museum – include if we can verify that it has any aerospace content at all. I'm presuming that anything that we can confirm for an institution of this type will be the "tip of the iceberg" and that the institution probably holds far more, even if in the form of archives.
  • I suggest that these museums should be included even if the museum is not regularly accessible to the public. For example, the air force museums of many smaller nations are often located on military bases and not generally open to the public.

Smaller institutions (publicly owned or operated by a foundation):

  • Any museums with a predominantly aerospace theme, including those dedicated to an aerospace engineer, designer, aviator, astronaut, or aerospace manufacturer – include
  • Museums without a predominantly aerospace theme – include only if they have "significant" aerospace content. For the museums I listed from, I used an arbitrary cutoff of five airframes. For example, this meant that an automobile museum in Italy that had three ex-military aircraft displayed on its roof didn't make this list... My local museum has four complete aircraft on display, plus a few engines. I wouldn't list it here either.
  • I suggest that these museums should be included even if the museum is not regularly accessible to the public. For example, the internal museums of corporations may not generally open to the public but may have significant collections.

Private institutions and collections

  • As for the category above, but include only if regularly accessible to the public. That is, the collection has set regular opening times and is not "by appointment only"

Do these suggestions sound reasonable? --Rlandmann (talk) 09:23, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Actually yes it does! - Ahunt (talk) 13:55, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Links to this page[edit]

I have added a link to this list page from Template:Canadian Aviation Museums. - Ahunt (talk) 14:18, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

OMAR Mine Museum[edit]

I just re-added this museum, based on this account of their collection, which says that the museum has 10 different aircraft types on display (their Su-7 is pictured), plus a variety of air-dropped ordnance. I think that qualifies as a significant aerospace collection. --Rlandmann (talk) 18:16, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

Okay - the Wikipedia article really needs to be updated with that info! It says it is just a mine museum! - Ahunt (talk) 18:49, 11 January 2009 (UTC)

United States[edit]

The US seems to have the lion's share of the world's aerospace museums; is there any sense in breaking this very long section into subsections by state? --Rlandmann (talk) 22:01, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

That would be good. - BillCJ (talk) 23:55, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
I would go as far and making it a new page. There are some big organizations too, like CAF. --Flightsoffancy (talk) 16:45, 27 January 2010 (UTC)
I don't see any need to do that at this stage and I think we have most US museums listed now. - Ahunt (talk) 18:27, 27 January 2010 (UTC)