The Bunker will be the site of a film shoot that will impact our hours and access to certain areas within the Museum in the coming week.

-April 23-27 and May 2: It will be business as usual although the film crew and art department will be unloading and setting up. A few of our spaces will certainly look a little different at this time too!
-April 28-30: The crew will be filming on these days so we will close at noon each day and will limit access to the Museum in the morning. Visitors are welcome to join the 11 a.m. tour (by reservation at 613-839-0007) but there will be no self-guiding.
-May 1: Another day of filming but we will be open all day as usual. The Med Centre will be closed to visitors, though and we expect a flurry of activity in that general area.
BONUS: The Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s mobile exhibition will be parked outside on May 1 and 2. A pretty great trade off for what won’t be on view inside the Museum!

If and when there are changes to this plan we will update our website and social media right away. If in doubt, just give us call. We’ve done all we can to limit the time we are closed to the public and thank you for your cooperation and understanding over this period.

Ottawa’s Most Unique Historical Site

The Diefenbunker is a four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker, and was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961. The name of the facility was given by a Toronto Star journalist who exposed a story of its development. Want to know more? Visit us for a tour!

Watch our teaser trailer for a quick peek into our underground bunker! Thanks Ottawa Tourism for the great video!

What’s new at the Diefenbunker?

The Ottawa Museums and Archives virtual collections catalogue has been launched, and we are excited to be one of the 11 community or city-run museums to be contributing digitized records and a wide range of artefacts. There are already 34,000 active records to view and that’s just the beginning! Visit the site and please let us know what you think.


Wunderbar! The Diefenbunker and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany are finalists for Ottawa Tourism’s 2015 Partnership of the Year Award for the exhibitions and festivities surrounding the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 30th.
Congratulations to all!


We won! A huge thank you to all of our supporters for voting us Tourism Business of the Year – West Carleton at the West Ottawa Board of Trade People’s Choice Business Awards. For a full list of winners, click here.


We are now offering innovative youth Conflict Resolution Workshops free of charge to schools across Ottawa, providing opportunities to communities and schools that do not always have access to museum programming. To continue to offer this program at no cost, we need your help. Visit our Canada Help donation page for details on how you can join us in our efforts to build a culture of peace.

Jesse Stewart  Wheels of Time (low) (640x607)
We are excited to launch 2015 with our second artist-in-residence, Jesse Stewart.  Jesse is an award-winning composer, percussionist, visual artist, sound artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, and educator dedicated to re-imagining the spaces between artistic and academic disciplines. Over the coming months he will present a number of sound installations throughout the facility, incorporating audio sourced from the Museum’s archives.  Additionally, he will present a series of solo performances in some of the Museum’s most iconic spaces.  These will be documented and presented in an exhibition this summer. Photo: Tony Fouhse.


AMAZING! The Diefenbunker was one of the featured stops on The Amazing Race Canada Season 2 finale! We were extremely excited to participate and share in the adventure with the finalists! If you missed our prime time debut, you can watch the episode on CTVOnline!