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30 Years of Safeguarding History

Today, we mark a significant anniversary at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. On June 5, 1994, the Diefenbunker was formally declared a national historic site, recognized for its importance as Canada’s most significant Cold War artifact and for its unique...

Aerial view of the Diefenbunker's exterior.

Diefenbunker welcomes its one-millionth visitor

Ottawa, Ontario, May 29, 2024 — The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum welcomes its one-millionth visitor since the museum opened to the public in 1998. To celebrate this historic moment, the one millionth visitor and their accompanying guests were offered free...

The Diefenbunker's one-millionth visitor holds up a sign, standing beside Diefenbunker Executive Director Christine McGuire, with red, black, and white balloons behind them.

Don Kwan selected as Diefenbunker’s 2024 Artist-in-Residence

Le français suit. Ottawa, Ontario, April 29, 2024 — The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is pleased to announce Don Kwan as its 2024 Artist-in-Residence. Don’s residency will culminate in a multi-sensory exhibition honouring the vital contributions made by...

Diefenbunker 2024 Artist-in-Residence Don Kwan stands in front of historic computer equipment in the Diefenbunker.

Sensory Bags

On April 23, 2024, we introduced a sensory bag program at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum! This new offering was developed by the Ottawa Museum Network for their member museums, to be implemented as a specialized resource for visitors. These backpacks...

Table full of sensory items for the launch of the Sensory Bag Program at the museum.

Digitizing our Collections

Thanks to funding through the Digital Access to Heritage component of Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program (MAP), the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum has been able to take significant steps toward digitizing its collections holdings. In August of...

Digitization Assistant, Kyle Judd Lunt, photographs an artifact from the Diefenbunker's collections.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Funding

Over the last year, the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum has made significant strides in upgrading accessibility throughout the facility, implementing projects that have made visitor spaces and experiences more inclusive.  In November of 2023, we opened a...

Visitors explore the Diefenbunker's new Machine Room viewing platform.

Whisky Tasting Fundraiser

On Friday, November 18, 2023, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum was thrilled to host the return of our signature annual Whisky Tasting Fundraiser!   We welcomed over one hundred people to this special event, to partake in tasteful whisky and food pairings,...

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