There is never a shortage of interesting stories at the Diefenbunker! This month, we are featuring two artifacts together. Especially since they fit perfectly with Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019 and it is the kick-off of the giving season. It is a world-wide day of supporting charities and causes that we care about. The Diefenbunker is a charitable museum and was “born” helping another cause.

Did you know that a group of dedicated volunteers started the Diefenbunker Museum? In fact, it all began with a fundraiser for the local Carp Public Library!

In 1995, this screwdriver (yes a screwdriver!) reopened the Diefenbunker’s blast doors for the first time since it was decommissioned in 1994. Once the doors were open, the volunteers led visitors through the building wearing these T-shirts. These tours brought thousands of people to the site and helped raise much needed funds for the library. The screwdriver and volunteer shirt have a direct connection to the idea of turning the Diefenbunker into the museum that it is today.

text with screwdriver explainging how it was used to open the Bunker   I'll guide you through history text on tshirt and screwdriver

I'll Guide you Through History, blue tshirt and rusted screw driver 18" long

Thank you to all of our supporters over the past 20+ years.

If you’d like to support the museum, please visit our page to learn more.


Spies Among Us: The 75th Anniversary of the Gouzenko Affair
Nagasaki mushroom cloud
Marking 75 Years: The Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Easter Bunny came early!
Diefenbunker Jigsaw Puzzles
Museum Alphabet, Bunker Style
Museum Alphabet
Virtual Tours
Blast Tunnel with Colour our Collections
March Break in Carp
Air conditioner
Ever wonder how to heat and cool a nuclear Bunker?
CFS Carp Winter Carnival
Artifact of the Month: The Blast Tunnel
The Eames Chair
The Bank of Canada Vault
Duck and Cover: How one desk could save your life
The Community Room
Artifact of the Month: Radiac
Welcome Skylar and Leo
DeBunking the Bunker – Part. 1
Volunteer of the Month: Corinne
Artifact of the Month: The Model
This is the story of how one lock and key, unlocked terror.
Volunteer of the Month: Hunter
Hello, the 1960s are calling, they want their gift shop back!
Artifact of the Month: The Prime Minister’s Bed
The Forgotten Bedroom
The History of the Cherry Blossom Empire
"Radiation and You"
It’s a Bunker kind of weekend!
"To Harry, Love Felicity"
Carol Wainio named Diefenbunker’s 2019 Artist-in-Residence
Gamma Gardens: The Garden of the Future
Artifact of the Month: Geiger Counter
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