The museum is located at CFB Shearwater in Shearwater Nova Scotia. The museum acquires, conserves, organizes, researches and interprets to CF personnel and the public at large for their study, education and enjoyment, artifacts and documents which exemplify the history of Canadian Maritime Military Aviation.
A number of permanent exhibits are featured at the museum with maritime aviation and naval history being a key theme. Included in an exhibit on the HMCS Bonaventure, Canada's last aircraft carrier. The exhibit includes a reconstruction of the briefing room aboard the aircraft carrier, complete with original seats.