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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Facinating

Who knew? Living in the shadow of a superpower motivates governments to take great precautions... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rongela
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Ottawa, Canada
Amazing place

A treasure trove of Cold War history and memorabilia. Definitely worth a visit. The vult is an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
fintech16
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Ottawa, Canada
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Visit one of the most unique tourist attractions in Canada! Built to protect top officials of the Canadian government from nuclear attack, this once-secret underground bunker is now a museum & National Historic Site of Canada. Explore over 100,000sq...more
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3929 Carp Rd, Carp, Ottawa, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Who knew? Living in the shadow of a superpower motivates governments to take great precautions. Although never used, the history and planning that went into creating this cold war "bunker" is fascinating. So much larger than we expected!!!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Rongela
Reviewed 4 days ago

A treasure trove of Cold War history and memorabilia. Definitely worth a visit. The vult is an amazing structure

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank fintech16
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Diefenbunker is an amazing place to visit. The interior is set up to respresent what it looked like during the time the bunker was in use. It brings back memories of that time, as I was working then. The bunker also puts on special...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Europe33
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Never new this was there. A great piece of living history. To walk through a cold war Bunker and see what could have been was sobering. A little out of the way from Ottawa but we'll worth the visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BryanSToronto
Kelly E, Manager at Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your 4 star review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed visiting our hidden gem!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to visit the Diefenbunker with my adult son. We enjoyed the eerie atmosphere of the place, and found the young people working there very helpful and nice. We thought it was an intriguing place to visit, with all the old furniture, we felt...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nicole L
Kelly E, Manager at Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Nicole, We're so glad to hear you and your son enjoyed your visit and the eerie atmosphere! Thank you for recommending us, we hope to welcome you both back underground soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We got a private tour in this place which you can't even start to imagine is can actually exist. From the minute you enter the place you feel like you're in a time capsule from the 60' Everything is kept as it was, this is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Reut S
Kelly E, Manager at Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi Reut S, Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip back in time and had a chance to witness a pivotal moment in our history.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drive out to Arnprior, then head towards the farm town of Carp. This Emergency Government Headquarters is the last of a system of nuclear fallout shelters built by the Government of Canada in the 1950s and 1960s as part of continuity of government planning at...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank samobispo
Kelly E, Manager at Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and learned a lot along the way! You're right, our facility is 100,000 square feet over four floors which means giving yourself a lot of time to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Je m'attendais à une visite sombre et humide d'un vieux bunker mal conçu...I was amazed by the level of effort to restore to the original the buildings, equipment, the sensation and vibes when visiting the various operational rooms and dormitories. Simply an amazing visit, my...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank pascalmarie2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having lived through the tail end of the Cold War, this museum does a great job explaining the fear surrounding the Cold War and what life was like for the military personnel assigned to an underground command center. Hint - it was monotonous and bland....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Susan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For my visiting adult nephew, we booked online and in advance for a guided tour at the Diefenbunker in mid-February, and it was amazing! However, given the mature and historical issues, I'm not sure if young children will get as much out of the museum...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Adrian C
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charu9bank
August 11, 2018|
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Response from BournemouthFan | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We self guided. It took about 2 hours. There is plenty of info around and the map explains the route and where everything is. The tours appeared to miss some bits from what we saw but I am sure the stories make up for... More
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asbalance
June 28, 2018|
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Response from Kelly E | Property representative |
Yes, for the most part the Bunker is accessible. We have an elevator that can take you to each floor with the assistance of a staff member to operate it. There are a couple of rooms with "lips" that make it difficult for a... More
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KimfromCanada2012
May 27, 2018|
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Response from helen182018 | Reviewed this property |
It is wheelchair accessible but you’d be able to do one floor as the bunker is spread over 4 floors and I don’t recall it having a lift.
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