The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, will be more environmentally friendly and accessible after an investment of over $977,000 from the federal government.

“The Diefenbunker extends its sincere gratitude to the Government of Canada for their vital contributions to the preservation of a unique national historic site and Canada’s most significant Cold War artifact. These facility upgrades will allow us to create more accessible and vibrant community spaces for the public to engage with history, so that we can continue thriving as a one-of-a-kind museum and immersive history destination for visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Christine McGuire, Executive Director, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

The comprehensive retrofit of the 100,000-square-foot underground cultural facility, to enhance environmental conditions and accessibility. The upgrades will include improved air ventilation systems, a new entrance to support more accessibility, and upgraded electrical systems to improve efficiency and support future technology.

“The Diefenbunker is a monumental site that attracts thousands of tourists annually with its fascinating insights into our nation’s Cold War history. Today’s additional investments will help preserve and enhance the museum, while enriching visitor experiences and further promoting tourism in the Ottawa area,” said Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development.

The federal government is investing $977,753 in this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program. The Diefenbunker is contributing $244,439 to the project.

The Diefenbunker is Ottawa’s immersive history destination, inside an impressive four-storey underground facility that operated as the country’s central communications headquarters during the Cold War. Since 1998, the Diefenbunker has operated as a one-of-a-kind museum, national historic site, and independent charitable organization, preserving important Canadian Cold War stories and artifacts.

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Featured image: (L to R) Susan McLeod, Chair, Diefenbunker Board of Directors; the Honourable Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development; Christine McGuire, Diefenbunker Executive Director. (Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum)


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