Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
4.5
Escape Games • Speciality Museums
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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 ft of bunker secrets and relive the experience of the Cold War. With its extraordinary engineering and architectural features, the Diefenbunker is a poignant reminder of one of the most turbulent periods of modern history.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Pamela M
Toronto, Canada149 contributions
Unique, informative experience you can't get anywhere else
Jul. 2021
Take the Guided Tour - worth the extra money, as they will provide all the information you need, with a good flow of each floor and in an order that makes sense. And you can go back and tour anything you want to explore longer on your own afterwards.

Very interesting history and so amazingly preserved. There is also a ham radio demonstration where volunteers who are ham radio enthusiasts come in to use morse code to correspond with people around the world.

If history is your thing - especially Canadian history - this is a place you won't want to miss when in the Ottawa Region.
Written August 4, 2021
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Craig A
Toronto, Canada99 contributions
Like a time machine
Aug. 2021 • Solo
Like a time machine preserved. Take the guided tour the guide will answer all your questions. Pretty cool the way they have preserved the rooms with equipment from the various years.
Written August 1, 2021
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MrsMopette
Gatineau, Canada24 contributions
Great visit with the grandchildren
Jul. 2021
We had our two granddaughters (9 and 10) and had a very good time going through the bunkers. It is a great experience for kids to discover a part of our past and the equipment that was used many years ago.
Written July 31, 2021
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155032Traveller2012
Montreal, Canada111 contributions
Fun day, great tour.
Jul. 2021 • Family
Had a great time learning about Canada's role during the Cold War. Guide Sam was very good, answered all our questions , and explained the rooms and their purpose in detail. We were a group from 8-71 i think the age would be best for those 10 and up but great for history buffs.
Written July 29, 2021
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Teyla
9 contributions
Great for all ages
Oct. 2020
This is a must see for anyone in the area. We took the free passes from our library and visted the Direfenbunker. Staff is friendly and there is lots to learn.
Written February 15, 2021
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Steve T
2 contributions
A blast from the past!
Aug. 2020
I haven’t been inside in a long time, and I can’t imagine anything would have changed. I was in a large group and one very large person had difficulty with the steps. It’s also a bit claustrophobic, but well worth a peek into the mindset of the people living in the threat of nuclear destruction. There’s a surprising amount of space in mist areas, and looking at the technology of the times is quite interesting. Our group as a whole really enjoyed the tour, and I look forward to taking my family there.
Written January 19, 2021
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CM M
Ottawa, Canada21 contributions
Been here many times, still amazes me!
Jan. 2020
A great hidden gem in Ottawa. Learn all about the Cold War, and how people would live in a Bunker. Pricey, but the museum pass at Ottawa Public Libraries helps Ottawa residents.
Written December 13, 2020
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pitlord
subotica6 contributions
Unique and authentic
Dec. 2020
Unique experience. I visited the museum during the pandemic, therefore it was empty which really emphasized experience. Being alone down there really brings you back to the times of the Cold War.

The difference between a normal museum and Diefenbunker is that in a normal museum exhibits are old but the museum building is modern while here, once go in, you are in a totally different world. The corridors are narrow, the rooms are small, everything is authentic.

I probably wouldn't have that same cringe experience if it was crowded with tourists.
Written December 5, 2020
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Karen D
Ottawa, Canada20 contributions
A must see.
Dec. 2019
This is worth seeing. They built a place underground during the war and it is really neat to see all the work that was put into it at the time.
Written November 29, 2020
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Sachin Soman
Toronto, Canada150 contributions
Interesting bunker to visit.
Oct. 2020
Visited in October-2020. Very helpful and friendly staff. I self guided myself for the tour. Staff handed out a detailed map of the place to help myself. Lots of fun facts about cold war and canada's preparedness towards nuclear attacks. Must visit.
Written October 26, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum is open:
  • Mon - Fri 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.