Our blast doors are open! We look forward to welcoming you underground.
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*For the best experience, we suggest at least one hour to explore the Diefenbunker. The admissions desk closes 30 minutes before the museum closes. Tickets cannot be purchased after this time.
*We highly recommend buying your tickets online in advance of your visit to the museum to ensure there are still spots available.
We strongly recommend wearing a mask while visiting the site. Read more about how we’re keeping you safe.
CURRENT PROGRAMS & EVENTS
2022 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition | October 14, 2022 – February 15, 2023
Justin Case: The Enemy Within features work by Ottawa-based artist Christos Pantieras. Admission is included with general admission to the museum. More info.
Cold War Speaker Series | October 6, 2022 and November 17, 2022
We invite you to join us virtually this fall to hear from experts about a variety of relevant Cold War themes and events. Register for the Speaker Series.
Virtual & On-Site Educational Programs | Ongoing
Now accepting 2022 bookings. Experience Canadian history from an immersive perpsective unlike any other. Learn more.
ENJOY OUR NEW AUDIO GUIDE
We have an informative free Audio Guide that gives the history of the Diefenbunker, available in eight languages.
Connect to the Diefenbunker’s free Wi-Fi on your device to begin! Select your preferred language once you open the Audio Guide. Don’t forget your earbuds/headphones!
You can view the Diefenbunker from any device, and even with VR goggles if you have them! Click on the images below to open the tour.
Machine Room – Self-guided
Machine Room – Narrated
About Canada’s Cold War Museum
The Diefenbunker is a massive four-storey underground bunker, built between 1959 and 1961. During the Cold War, top officials were to take shelter here in the event of a nuclear war. It was active as Canadian Forces Station Carp until 1994.
Today, it operates as a not-for-profit, charitable museum with award-winning tours and programs.
Let’s learn more about the Diefenbunker from home with our collection of online activities and resources. You can explore:
About the Cold War
The Cold War is the period between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and ends with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It was a period of tense conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union and each country’s respective allies.
Learn more in this 2-minute video from Historica Canada explaining the Cold War and Canada’s role.
Ways to Support
During the unprecedented times, we’ve had many people ask to help. Thank you.
As a private, non-profit museum, we depend on visitors for 75% of our operating revenue. We need your support now more than ever. There are many easy ways that you can best support us so we can continue to inform and inspire you through lessons learned from the Cold War.
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Latest News and Stories
NEWS RELEASE – Government of Canada supports upgrades at Canada’s Cold War Museum (July 2022)
PRESS RELEASE – Diefenbunker announces Christos Pantieras as its 2022 Artist-in-Residence (Mar 2022)
PRESS RELEASE – Diefenbunker awarded $104,600 in provincial funding to support operations (Nov 2021)
PRESS RELEASE – 2021 Artist-in-Residence exhibition opens at the Diefenbunker (Nov 2021)
PRESS RELEASE – The Diefenbunker announces Mairi Brascoupé as its 2021 Artist-in-Residence (Jun 2021)
Diefenbunker Ready for Visitors – CTV News Ottawa
Diefenbunker to offer virtual tours – CTV News Ottawa
Over $1M in funding going to the Diefenbunker Museum for ‘crucial’ upgrades – CBC News (Dec 2020)
Diefenbunker Museum gets $1.1M for ‘crucial upgrades’ – CBC News (Dec 2020)
Diefenbunker Announcement (Dec 2020)
PRESS RELEASE – $400,000 from the Canadian Experiences Fund to Help Improve Visitor Experience at Canada’s Cold War Museum
Diefenbunker still needs $3M for repairs – CBC Ottawa (Mar 2020)
The Capital’s most famous Cold War relic is getting a high priced upgrade – CTV News (Mar 2020)
Diefenbunker Receives $400,000 Grant – West Carleton Online (subscription) (Mar 2020)
Recipients of the 2021 OMA Award of Excellence in Special Projects
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