Tours and School Groups

Update: We’re excited to announce that Group Tours will resume on July 28, 2021. As we gradually reopen, the group size is temporarily limited to 9 people. 

Read the most up-to-date information on how we’re keeping you safe here

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Daily Tours & Self-Guided Tours

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  • Buy your tickets online in advance.
  • We have limited the number of visitors inside the building to allow for physical distancing.
  • Be patient: If the museum is busy, we may ask you to wait outside (make sure to dress for the weather).
  • Learn more about our safety measures here.

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Special Reopening Guided Tour Times

English Tours
Weekdays: 11:00 am and 2 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am and 1 pm

French Tours
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm

Self-guided Tours

Take your time to explore: There is no limit on how long you stay, so you can explore all day.

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Diefenbunker Group Tours

Looking for somewhere different to bring your group? The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum has been named Canada’s most significant Cold War site for visitors interested in culture and history. This National Historic Site of Canada is an underground nuclear bunker built in secrecy during the height of the Cold War, located just 35 km from Ottawa. As the Central Emergency Headquarters, it was meant to house the top officials of the government and military during the risk of nuclear attack.

Tours of this unique facility take visitors through recreations of government rooms, living quarters, and cryptographic areas. Some of the focal points include the Prime Minister’s suite, the War Cabinet Room, the Medical Centre, and the Bank of Canada Vault.

Guided tours can be booked Monday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours are offered in English or French and last 60 minutes (45 minute or 90 minute long tours are available upon request).


  • We require a minimum of 2 weeks notice for all bookings

Group Tour Rates (all rates include HST):

  • Adults $16
  • Seniors $15
  • Students (University) $11
  • Children and Youth (ages 18 and under) $8.50

For more information:

Please contact or call 613.839.0007 x225 to check availability.

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School Visits
 The Diefenbunker is one of the most unique educational sites in Canada. Come visit the museum with your class or school tour group and let participants experience the complexities of the Cold War first-hand.Tours of the Diefenbunker allow students to immerse themselves in the Cold War and experience Canadian history from a perspective unlike any other. The Diefenbunker offers curriculum programs with links to social studies, language arts, science, mathematics, and visual arts. To reserve, please fill out our Program Request Form.






Art and Peacebuilding (Grades 4-12)

What was the role of art in the Cold War? How can art be used to build and promote peace? This workshop will encourage dialogue and discussion about the role of art in peacebuilding and how art can be an expression of values and how it can be used to promote ideas.

Continuity of Government (Grades 7-12)

Learn about the War Measures Act and the role that the different levels of government play in an emergency. A first person scenario will assign key roles to students who will have to make a difficult decision for Canada.

Daily Life in the Diefenbunker (Grades 5-9)

Students will explore what life would have been like in the Diefenbunker during a lockdown. They will be split into three groups (military, civilian, and government) and discover the roles of each one of those groups during an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness (Grades 6-12)

What did people do to keep safe? Participants will use primary sources to discover what the government suggested people do during the Cold War to keep themselves safe. Do we do enough today?

Conflict Resolution Workshops

The Diefenbunker’s popular conflict resolution program has been modified to a one-day, on-site at the Bunker program that teaches participants conflict resolution methods, skills, and tests their abilities by putting what they have learned into action.

How does Conflict Resolution work?

  • Throughout the day, students will take part in three activities focused on conflict resolution:
  • Youth participants will learn vocabulary and skills necessary for successful conflict resolution.
  • Participants will take on the roles of key government and military officials during an emergency scenario, and learn to communicate and make decisions on a global scale, applying the conflict resolution skills taught by the Diefenbunker’s trained instructors.
  • The session will culminate in a debriefing and self-analysis session that encourages youth to reflect on the activities and how to apply conflict resolution skills in their daily lives.
  • Conflict resolution skills follow the model developed by YOUCAN Ottawa, who have been successfully teaching conflict resolution skills to youth for over 20 years.

Who is invited to participate in Conflict Resolution?

  • Youth in grades 7 to 10.
  • Schools and community groups in the Ottawa area.

The museum is open year-round, excluding select holidays. School Programs are offered daily Monday to Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm (special requests can be accommodated after 4:00pm).  Programs are offered in English or French (with advance notice) and can be scheduled for 60 or 90 minutes.  Please book at least two weeks prior as space is limited.

Please contact or (613) 839-0007 x225.

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Canadian Signature Experiences (CSE)

CTC Badge

The Diefenbunker is proud to be among the 28 Canadian tourism businesses selected to join the Canadian Tourism Commissions’ 2013 Canadian Signature Experiences collection.  Recognized for its 11 Steps to Survival tour, Evacuation Distance: Paranoia & Preparedness, the Bunker is the only Ottawa business to be recognized this year, and is one of only five CSE members in the nation’s Capital!

The international travellers that CTC targets in 10 countries around the world  want exotic experiences …adventures that enrich their lives…stories and memories of the unique and unexpected they will take back home.  The CSE collection is made up of outstanding Canadian tourism enterprises from coast to coast to coast that deliver such authentic experiences.  The Diefenbunker is honoured to join this distinguished collection.

Evacuation Distance: Paranoia & Preparedness, the Diefenbunker’s Canadian Signature Experience

Experience the tension and tumult of nuclear threat as you journey deep into a 100,000 square foot underground bunker built in secrecy by the Canadian Government during the height of the Cold War. Explore rooms built to run Canada’s emergency government: the Prime Minister’s suite with its single bed, the War Cabinet Room, a period operating room, and broadcast centre.

On this two-hour guided group tour, visitors will carry out each step of the official 11 Steps to Survival guide issued to citizens by the Canadian Government during the Cold War era. Learn about radioactive fallout, how to take shelter, and survive on army rations. Have your photo taken in the iconic Blast Tunnel. Sit in the cafeteria and be “treated” to your own military ration pack. Listen to an emergency broadcast from the Canadian Broadcasting Centre studio. Touch 1960s-era typewriters and phones, and imagine life in the aftermath of nuclear annihilation.


  • The Bunker requires a minimum of 2 weeks advance notice for bookings.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Group Rates

School Groups:

  • $28 per Student/Teacher
    Includes: Extended tour, a complimentary rental to watch the ’11 Steps’ video, a ration pack tasting (1 pack/10 people), a complimentary GROUP picture.

Senior Groups:

  • $28 per person
    Includes: Extended tour, a complimentary rental to watch the ’11 Steps’ video, a ration pack tasting (1 pack/10 people). 

Adult Groups:

  • $34 per person
    Includes: Extended tour, a complimentary rental to watch the ’11 Steps’ video, a ration pack tasting (1 pack/10 people).

Full lunch or customized bag lunches can be provided at an extra cost.

Please contact Angelina Roncali at  or 613.839.0007 x225 for details.

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