Two new permanent exhibitions honour Inuit and other stories from Canada’s Cold War history

Virtual Reality Experience

On November 26, 2022, we launched our new virtual reality experience! The year is 1962. The Cuban Missile Crisis is over, but the Soviets have launched a nuclear attack on Canada’s capital. You have made it to the end of a 30-day lockdown period and have been given...

Mannequin dressed in Cold War apparel situated to the right in the Diefenbunker’s escape hatch. A large mass of wires drape in front of the mannequin and continue diagonally across the escape hatch and disappear into the top left corner.

Green Infrastructure Lighting Retrofit Project

Wednesday, July 6, 2022 —  We are grateful to FedDev Ontario for investing $600,000 in the Diefenbunker to support tourism relief and revitalization. These funds will go towards upgrading our facilities and exhibitions, allowing us to expand our inclusion of...

Federal Warning Centre with upgraded lighting

2022 Artist-in-Residence exhibition opens at the Diefenbunker

Ottawa, Ontario, October 14, 2022 — The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is pleased to launch its 2022 Artist-in-Residence exhibition, featuring the work of Ottawa-based artist Christos Pantieras. Opening Friday, October 14, 2022, Justin Case: The Enemy...

Image of the 2022 Artist-in-Residence exhibition "Justin Case: The Enemy Within."

2022 Cold War Speaker Series: The LGBT Purge

On October 6, 2022, we held the second session in our Cold War Speaker Series, where we were honoured to welcome Michelle Douglas and Christos Pantieras who presented their topic, The LGBT Purge: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow through Personal Experience and Visual...

2022 Cold War Speaker Series promotional image with Michelle Douglas and Christos Pantieras in the middle and "The LGBT Purge" text underneath.

Blast Tunnel Experience

On August 31, 2022, we opened our new Blast Tunnel experience! This three-minute projected experience is a thought-provoking video that will prepare you for your tour of the Diefenbunker. Through audio and visual effects, you will be immersed in the atmosphere of...

Blast Tunnel experience projected onto the floor of the Blast Tunnel.

Mapping the Cold War: The Spatialization of Preparedness

Introduction On Monday, August 15, 2022 and Tuesday, August 16, 2022, we were pleased to host a symposium at the Diefenbunker in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University. Mapping the Cold War: The Spatialization of Preparedness brought multidisciplinary experts...

Symposium participants gather in the Cafeteria

Archaeology Month 2022

  August is Archaeology Month! Throughout August, we will be highlighting the archaeology of the Cold War as we unveil material remains of the past. Archaeology gives insight into history by voicing the involuntary (or voluntary) silence of the past. The Cold...

Historical image of large machinery digging and preparing the land where the Diefenbunker is to be built.
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