Tours and School Groups

Update: Group Tours resumed on July 28, 2021. As we gradually reopen, the group size is temporarily limited to 15 people. 

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Daily Tours & Self-Guided Tours

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  • Buy your tickets online in advance to secure your spot.
  • Spots are limited to allow for physical distancing. Learn more about our safety measures here.

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Special Reopening Guided Tour Times

English Tours
Weekdays: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

French Tours
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m.

We recommend arriving 5 – 10 minutes before the start of your guided tour in order to ensure adequate time for the check-in process.

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).

Notes:

  • 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

To book:

Please complete a Group Registration Form (PDF) and return it to our Operations Team by email at reservations@diefenbunker.ca.

For more information:

For more information or to check availability, please contact our Operations Team by email at reservations@diefenbunker.ca or by phone at 613-839-0007 x237.

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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.

Programs

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.

To book:

Please fill out our Program Request Form and return it to our Operations Team by email at reservations@diefenbunker.ca.

For more information:

For more information or to check availability, please contact our Operations Team by email at reservations@diefenbunker.ca or by phone at 613-839-0007 x237.

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