To showcase the legacy of Joseph-Armand Bombardier to inspire future generations.
The Museum’s mission is to showcase the legacy of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his successors to show visitors that everyone has the ability to solve problems, to be ingenious, and to be innovative in their personal and professional pursuits. The spirit of Bombardier is inspiring, infectious, and a source of pride.
In 1971, the J. Armand Bombardier Museum opened its doors in Valcourt. Robert Bourassa, Premier of Quebec at the time, and Yvonne L. Bombardier, widow of the famous inventor and President of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, attended the inauguration ceremony. The first exhibition told Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s story through his inventions. The Bombardier Garage, the inventor’s first workspace, became a historical addition to the Museum in 1970, as the Museum was being built.
In 1990, the Museum opened two new halls in the presence of Robert Bourassa, former Premier of Quebec, and Janine Bombardier, daughter of the inventor and president of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation. For the first time, one of the halls presented an exhibition on the history of the world’s snowmobile industry and the evolution of this vehicle’s technology from 1960 to the present. Snowmobile models, winter clothing, racing vehicles, and interpretation panels helped visitors gain a better understanding of all the aspects of the industry. The other hall hosted temporary exhibitions on subjects related to the Museum’s themes.In 2012, a project was launched to renovate and expand the Museum to completely revitalize its facilities and exhibitions and to make it a unique institution open to the world. In February 2015, the Museum closed temporarily to move forward with the work required for its upgrading. In spring 2016, the institution will reopen its doors to the public, and will be known from then on as the Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier.
The Museum of Ingenuity J. Armand Bombardier
Ingenuity consists of finding solutions to impediments, challenges, and constraints by using what is at hand. It’s the ability to do a great deal with resources that are often limited. Ingenuity doesn’t wait for favourable or ideal circumstances; it is rooted in the needs and constraints of the current moment. Ingenuity is expressed tangibly as a solution that is admired for its intelligence.
The ingenuity of Joseph-Armand Bombardier and his successors paved the way for spectacular developments in the field of transportation and has been immortalized over time. Ingenuity can be seen not only in the technological solutions, but also in the ability to manage, anticipate, and create a vision for business development.
The spirit of Bombardier reflects a vision of the world that the Museum turns into an experience that encourages visitors to adopt and share.
The Museum is charged with emotion and is a source of inspiration, creativity, ingenuity, and innovation. Its ambiance conveys the notion that you have to think bigger, fully explore your ideas and dreams, and believe that anything is possible. These realities do not apply specifically to a small group of enlightened people. They are within everyone’s reach!