The ICAO Museum


As part of the activities celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention, at the instigation and under the leadership of Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council (from 2014 to 2019), ICAO created a museum which would trace the history of air transport and pay tribute to the developments related to the Organization’s past, present and future. Walking through different periods related to milestones of ICAO’s work, visitors to the new museum can discover the most significant legal documents, public figures and achievements of the UN Specialized Agency for aviation during its years of existence. ICAO Member State donations have been selected and arranged to create an exhibition dedicated to the civil aviation community, and the retrospective also includes a brief overview of aviation before ICAO was formally established under the Chicago Convention of 1944. Located at Headquarters, the Museum was officially inaugurated on 5 December 2014 and named the “Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu Museum”.


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention and to help engage youth in appreciating the role of safe and reliable civil aviation services, ICAO had organized a drawing contest, on the theme: Aviation – Bringing the World Together, open to children (ages 3 to 12) of ICAO staff, National Delegations, and Member State Civil Aviation Authorities. The best drawings were selected and were temporarily displayed in the ICAO Museum, as shown by the pictures here below.


The headquarters of ICAO in Montréal are not simply office buildings or conference centres. If they are to symbolize the Organization they house, they must also have some of the qualities of a museum. ICAO has gradually acquired outstanding works of art. The Guided Tour of ICAO Art Collection (2002 Edition) as shown by the following link (The ICAO Art Collection) reveals a remarkable collection of art and artefacts donated or loaned by the Organization’s Contracting States and displayed in the building as of 2002. It is to be noted that some the artefacts have been moved to the ICAO Museum further to its opening in 2014, resulting in the reorganization of others within the Conference Center.


Souvenir cover of the Inauguration of the ICAO Museum - 5 December 2014.

Photomontage based on the best drawings as selected at the end of the contest (see below).






                  Gift from ASECNA. See footnote below.







General views of the Museum.


View of the original entrance to the Museum (from 2014 to 2022).


Temporarily exhibition: Pictures of the best drawings as shown in the ICAO Museum.

The theme of the drawing contest was: Aviation – Bringing the World Together.

From left to right: Winning Drawing by Erica-Marie Bressi, 11-year old; Gold, Bronze and Silver Winners.


Temporarily exhibition: The ICAO Museum paid tribute to the First Licensed Women Pilots.

A set of 6 frames was exhibited, one for each region in the world.

Pictured from left to right:





Date of pilot’s license


Melody Millicent Dankwa


15 Avril 1965


Gladys Standford

New Zealand

22 December 1925


Raymonde de Laroche


8 March 1910

Middle East

Loftia Elnadi


27 September 1933

North America

Harriet Quimby

United States

1 August 1911

South America and Mexico

Amalia Celia Figueredo


1 October 1914




The ICAO flag commemorating its 75th anniversary had been hoisted atop Mt. Everest on 23 May 2019 by Pasang Tendi Sherpa (see picture).

During the 56th Conference of Directors General of Asia Pacific Region, held at Kathmandu, Nepal from 19 to 23 August 2019, this flag was handed over to ICAO Council President Dr. Aliu on 19 August 2019 (see picture).

It is exhibited in the ICAO Museum.


Footnote about the gift from ASECNA to ICAO Museum:

Amadou Ousmane Guitteye, Director General of ASECNA (Agence pour la sécurité aérienne en Afrique et à Madagascar) proceeded to the handing over of three old pieces of ASECNA heritage equipment to the ICAO Museum. He explained that this donation constituted ASECNA's contribution to the ICAO initiative to retrace the progress made by civil aviation from its beginnings to the present day. This donation consisted of:

- A RCA AR-88 receiver used for the exchange of ATS messages by Morse Code, between the 1960s and the end of the 1970s, at the Central Communications Office (Bureau Central des Communications, BCT) at the ASECNA Representation in Madagascar.

- An AN/GRC-9 type HF transmitter/receiver which was used for radio communications during maintenance operations on remote and isolated sites, between the 1970s and the mid-1980s at the Madagascar Representation.

- A METRIX LX 109 A (U61) lampmeter used between the 70s and 80s for maintenance operations of HF transmitters, BLU transmitter/receiver, radio beacons, VOR, ILS, etc.

Note that ICAO bestowed the Edward Warner Award on ASECNA in 1972.