“I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new – one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare.” These were the words President Dwight D. Eisenhower addressed the assembly with at the 470th Plenary Meeting of … Continue reading Gamma Gardens: The Garden of the Future
We are introducing a new segment to our blog: Artifact of the Month! January’s artifact of the month features the decontamination showers Geiger counter. Imagine this: Canada has been hit by a nuclear attack. You are one of the 535 people designated to enter the bunker in case of nuclear war. As you and hundreds of others file in through the blast tunnel you … Continue reading Artifact of the Month: Geiger Counter
Twas’ the night before Grinchmas and all through the bunker, Not a creature was stirring from their deep nightly slumber. All the staff had gone home, and all gone to bed, With visions of tomorrows activities in their heads! The presents had been wrapped, the stockings were hung, And carols of joy were ready to be sung, The hot chocolate was warming, … Continue reading Twas’ the Night Before Grinchmas
Our team is ever growing and last week we welcomed Courtney to our team! Courtney has ten years experience working in the museum and heritage sectors. During her Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies in England, she curated a multi-institutional digital exhibition in partnership with Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites UNESCO World Heritage Site and Google Arts and Culture (30 Objects/30 Years). Courtney recently … Continue reading Diefenbunker Introduces new Visitor Experience Manager
This week the Diefenbunker family welcome two new members to the team: Kat and Mat! Kat and Mat have both joined our team as Diefenbunker guides and will be guiding you on your next tour! We asked them both to write a few words on what their first weeks have been like! Mat For my first week I was thoroughly shown around the … Continue reading Livin’ the Guide Life
The Diefenbunker Museum always has exciting things going on underground, but this past Thursday we shook things up and had a little fun above ground! For many years now a large artifact has remained off property in a farmer’s field. This large artifact is a 1500 pound antenna tuning hut. The antennas on top of the bunker tune at a certain frequency. The hut had … Continue reading Artifact by Air
All across Ottawa today, schools are closed for a snow day!! That means kids are home and probably wondering what to do… Well we have a few ideas! Just like the schools, the Diefenbunker is closed today too due to the snow! With our whisky tasting event tomorrow, our staff members are hard at work, at home crafting!! That’s right, you heard me, CRAFTING! What … Continue reading Snow Day? S’No Problem! Strengthen your spy skills with these at home crafts!