Springing forward at the Diefenbunker

Can you believe it’s nearly April?  This past month flew by so quickly for us here at the Museum.  With two weeks of steady family visits during the Quebec and Ontario March breaks, and a sold out week of Spy Camp, we have happily had our hands quite full.  Now, we’re looking forward to the many great programs and events we have planned over the coming months:

Artist-in-residence Jesse Stewart will begin installing his first sound installations throughout the Museum in April. Come see how an award-winning musician interprets our spaces. We are sure he’ll encourage you to hear things in a whole new way!

The Easter Bunny will be hopping from floor to floor at the Bunker on April 4th, leaving behind nut free chocolate eggs for the kids. Join us for the hunt!


Afghanistan, Unordinary Lives, an exhibition of photographs by Slovenian photographer Manca Juvan will launch on April 23rd. The exhibition has traveled to venues in the United States, France, Brussels, Luxembourg and more, and we are proud to partner with the Embassy of Slovenia in sharing Juvan’s photographs with Ottawa audiences.

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We are pleased to be hosting two very special private events in April:

Our amazing volunteers will be honoured with a with an evening of appreciation on April 14th.  From tour guides and facility maintenance, to zombies and members of the Diefenbunker Volunteer Radio Group, we are fortunate to work with such dedicated and generous community members.

The Diefenbunker Alumni Association is meeting for their annual reunion on April 25th.  What stories they must have!  Visit our website to learn more about the Association.

“And the winner of Ottawa Tourism’s 2015 Partnership of the Year is …”  Fingers crossed our names will be called at the awards ceremony on April 30th!  We are finalists with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany for our 25|Berlin exhibitions and graffiti workshop.  We’ve extended the dates for German Canadian Graffiti Jam: The Bunker Reunion and The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse by Leslie Hossack to May 3rd so come out to see what has us in the running for this award.

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Already a dramatic space, our blast tunnel will boom with the sound of an extended piece for solo bass drum and percussion by Jesse Stewart on May 3rd. There are still a few tickets left for the second performance that evening so don’t miss out!  It’s sure to be a memorable event.


May is also the month in which we welcome our new summer staff.  We look forward to getting to know them all and invite you to come out for a tour with the new recruits!

Roses and brunch are great, but how about adding a visit to the Diefenbunker with mom on Mother’s Day?  We’ll be offering a special Women’s History Tour and discounted admission for that special lady.  Dare to be different!

Happy Spring!


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