$400,000 from the Canadian Experiences Fund to Help Improve Visitor Experience at Canada’s Cold War Museum
Ottawa, Ontario – March 4, 2020: The Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum, is ready to transform the overall experience for its visitors, to attract new audiences, and to enhance Canada’s most significant Cold War artefact – the Diefenbunker.
With work already underway, each week this bunker-turned-museum is unveiling major improvements – some are visible like exterior and interior directional signage, compelling exhibition enhancements, the creation of a dedicated youth room, and the development of an 8-language audio guide. As an aging historic site, there are several infrastructure and building improvements that are happening behind the scenes that have a huge impact on how visitors experience the museum, like accessible washrooms and pertinent mechanical and electrical upgrades.
“Strong regional economies are essential for Canada’s success and sustainability. For that, we need to work together to make the right investments that will enable communities in all regions of the country to develop experiences to attract more tourists year-round. This investment will help the Diefenbunker Museum to boost tourism and better tell the story of Canada’s Cold War history.”
“We are incredibly thrilled and grateful to the federal government for this important support. The Diefenbunker Museum is truly one-of-a-kind. We are Canada’s, if not the world’s, only Cold War bunker open to the public that operates as a national historic site and museum year-round. This funding allows the museum to not just survive, but thrive as an important historical, cultural, tourist destination and serves to strengthen our own economy as well as the surrounding businesses in rural Ottawa.”