Located in Valcourt, in the Eastern Townships, the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier encourages visitor participation through its numerous interactive displays. Star in a Ski Doo® commercial, pilot an aircraft from the C Series, invent a vehicle from the future and test it at the Idea Studio, and much more! Explore the life and work of J. Armand Bombardier at the Passion as a way of life multimedia theatre, and learn about the Bombardier company’s vibrant evolution through the multimedia show A Passion for Success, produced by Moment Factory. Top it all off with a visit to the Fab Lab—a digital fabrication laboratory—and a tour of the reserve and archives. The Museum will delight the young and old alike, making it a wonderful family destination.
To keep the legacy of Joseph Armand Bombardier alive as a source of inspiration for future generations.
In 1971, the J. Armand Bombardier Museum opened its doors in Valcourt. The first exhibition told Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s story through his inventions. The Bombardier Garage, the inventor’s first workspace, was extracted from its original site on St. Joseph Street and annexed to the Museum as it was under construction. Since its creation, the Museum has been governed by the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, whose mission is to perpetuate the humanitarian work of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and contribute to the fulfilment of Bombardier’s social responsibility.
In 1990, the Museum opened two new halls. One hall presented the very first exhibition on the history of the snowmobile industry worldwide and the development of skidoo technology from 1960 to the present. The other hall hosted temporary exhibitions.
In celebration the inventor’s 100th anniversary, the Museum mounted a new exhibit dedicated to the life and work of Joseph‑Armand Bombardier. It shone the light on several major innovations, including the famed sprocket wheel and track drive system. The exhibit showcased the inventor’s work from the beginning, through 14 entirely restored vehicles, providing an overview of the evolution of the technologies and models and the industrial design of the different eras.
In spring 2016, the Museum reopened to the public following a complete revamp, and was from then on known as the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier. Bombardier ingenuity was the guiding principle. Multimedia, interactive displays, amazing artifacts, immersive environments and much more now allows visitors to experiment with the very foundations of ingenuity and get their own creative juices flowing.