Come and discover the science behind Cold War archaeology!

Join us at the Diefenbunker to celebrate Archaeology Month where we will be offering family-friendly activities, including geocaching, a scavenger hunt, and an artifact handling table. We are also very happy to announce that our popular Machine Room and Outdoor tour will be returning this year, along with a new temporary exhibit titled: The Archaeology of the Cold War: Secrets, Myths and Ruins.

While you’re here, also be sure to visit Opposing Forces: Photographs of Abandoned Nuclear Missile Bases, an exhibition by photographer Brett Leigh Dicks documenting the legacy of the Cold War and the decaying reminders of the faceoff between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, on display from August 2 – September 9, 2018.

Archaeology Month Tour

Join us for weekly behind-the-scenes tours of several of the Diefenbunker’s industrial features, both above ground and buried (including the Machine Room!). For safety reasons, these tours are limited to visitors aged 15 and older. Flat, close-toed footwear is required. The tours will enter areas that are not wheelchair accessible and may present challenges to people with mobility issues. Maximum 12 people, so please call 613-839-0007 to book your tickets in advance!

Tour Times
Archaeology Month themed tours will take place Wednesdays and Saturdays for the month of August at 10:30 am.

The Archaeology of the Cold War: Secrets, Myths and Ruins Exhibit
Come and discover the Archaeology of the Cold War, an emerging field that has largely been overlooked – until now. On display for the month of August only, visitors are invited to delve into the past and investigate a period of time that has been almost completely removed from our living memory. Despite the limitations of the Cold War as restrictive in terms of confidentiality and secrecy, archaeologists are beginning to recognize this period as a viable area of study and excavation. Join us as we explore this new field of study and the physical evidence left behind by one of the most turbulent periods of our time.

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Hunt for top secret geocaches on the grounds ABOVE Canada’s Cold War Museum. Geocaching enthusiasts of all ages, especially children and families, will love this unique program. Visit for full details! August 1 to August 31.

All activities are included in museum admission. Call to reserve.