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 Telegram 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?

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Anna Frlan is our 2016 Artist-in-Residence
Anna Frlan is a sculptor of steel, dedicated to transforming this surprisingly pliable material through a process-oriented studio practice. The daughter of Croatian émigrés, she is currently exploring the connection between industrial steel and twentieth-century weaponry production.

Her exhibition, The Age of Atomic Anxiety runs until January 31, 2017. A must see!


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Our toilets are pooped, and NEED YOUR HELP!
Every detail of this 100,000 square foot underground facility was carefully designed, including its truly remarkable toilets. That’s right – its toilets. The Diefenbunker’s historic toilets are mounted on a one-inch thick, hard rubber pads and have flexible connections to the main system so they can’t break or disconnect in case of an explosion (insert potty humour here). Learn more about a Toilet Tale here. Or donate right now at  http://bit.ly/DiefenbunkerToiletTale

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Escape the Diefenbunker
The Diefenbunker and Escape Manor have partnered to bring you the World’s Largest Escape Room! The experience runs Wednesday through Sunday evenings and resides within our 100,000 square foot facility. Staying true to our historic roots, this elaborate endeavor is themed around espionage… Read more!

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WE WON! The Diefenbunker is proud to have received the Ontario Museum Association‘s Award of Excellence in Programs for our Conflict Resolution Workshops (with WOW Distinction!). Congratulations to our Conflict Resolution team, and to all the other excellent OMA award recipients! Read the OMA Media Release for full details!