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Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum

Venture four storeys underground and enter the classified world that was the Cold War era. Built in secrecy by the Canadian government, the underground bunker was made to house top government and military officials in the event of an attack. The nuclear bunker, a National Historic Site of Canada, is now Canada’s Cold War Museum. It provides a unique peek into this era dominated by secrets, fear, and anxiety. See where the prime minister — John Diefenbaker at the time, who commissioned the bunker — would have slept, imagine the emergency broadcasts that would have emanated from the radio studio that is built into the bunker, and walk inside the Bank of Canada vault.

Exhibits throughout the year highlight different aspects of the Cold War, with the Museum pulling many documents and artifacts out from the shadows.

 

Fast Facts

  • The Museum is nick-named after John Diefenbaker, Canada's Prime Minister who commissioned the bunker's construction.
  • The Museum includes 1960s era government rooms, living quarters and cryptographic areas.
  • Spy HQ and the Rex Zero rooms are areas designated for children’s programming.
  • The bunker is over 100,000 square feet and is four storeys high.
  • Visitors get to tour the Prime Minister's suite and War Cabinet Room.
  • The bunker houses a CBC radio studio that would have broadcast to any survivors of a nuclear attack - Hello, is anyone out there?
  • Take the money and run! A Bank of Canada vault is built into the bunker.
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