Prologue: Destination Ottawa (via Tucson and Calexico)

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks It’s done – 62 matted and framed photographic prints have been packed into the back of a rented Dodge Grand Caravan for the twelve-day, 4.600 km trek to Ottawa, Canada. On August 2 an exhibition of my photographs documenting abandoned nuclear missile bases – both here in the United States and in Eastern Europe – will open at … Continue reading Prologue: Destination Ottawa (via Tucson and Calexico)

Father’s Day By: Julie Beun It’s not top secret and won’t involve any real commandos, but Operation Father’s Day will see the Diefenbunker overrun with the Royal Canadian Dragoons and some of the rarest Cold War vehicles ever seen. Aimed at both raising money for the Cold War museum and the Guild of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, the event will also feature an unprecedented display … Continue reading

Installing “To warn other Canadians”

With over 100 artworks to hang, we have been very busy at the Diefenbunker installing our inaugural artist-in-residence exhibition in preparation for its launch on Saturday, April 26th. To warn other Canadians is the outcome of Gatineau-based artist Gail Bourgeois’ six month artist residency at the Diefenbunker. During this time, Gail was given exclusive access to the100 000 sq. ft. bunker, the museum collection and … Continue reading Installing “To warn other Canadians”

Spring is in the air – even underground!

The Diefenbunker started off strong in 2014 with a new website, new initiatives and a new vision for the year. Winter escaped us underground, and now – Spring has sprung and we’re sprouting new events like the grass above. April will close with a clever Easter Egg Hunt in our 100,000 sq/ft venue (talk about rewarding when you find the golden [chocolate] eggs!) on Saturday … Continue reading Spring is in the air – even underground!

A Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Diefenbunker

On November 11th, staff, volunteers, and visitors will gather in our Building Peace exhibit to honour our veterans for Remembrance Day. As Canada’s Cold War Museum, we have a unique responsibility to those who fought in Cold War conflicts, in Canada and beyond. In many ways, the Diefenbunker stands as a monument to the peaceful resolution of the Cold War – the fact that it … Continue reading A Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Diefenbunker

Do some good – Thoughts on Peace

We love when we do business with companies who really care. One of the companies we are currently working with, Crowe Productions, knew about our 1000 Cranes for Peace Challenge for our upcoming exhibition, Building Peace and sent us this powerful message from one of their friends. Post written by Rob Kellough on August 6th, the Anniversary of the devastating bombing on Hiroshima. It’s odd to have … Continue reading Do some good – Thoughts on Peace

Today we begin our season of peace

Yesterday marked a somber anniversary. Sixty-eight years ago today, on August 6, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, the second detonated on Nagasaki, Japan. This event often marks the end of the Second World War, and in many minds it is also the beginning of the Cold War. Today we begin our season of … Continue reading Today we begin our season of peace