Federal government funds Diefenbunker to make it more sustainable, accessible

Canada's Cold War museum, the Diefenbunker, received an investment from the federal government.

The federal government is investing over $977,000 in the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum — in an effort to create a more environmental and accessible space.

The project was announced by Jenna Sudds, Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development; and Christine McGuire, Executive Director of the Diefenbunker, earlier today.

Christine McGuire, Executive Director, Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, announces the federal government’s investment. (Darcy DeToni/CityNews)

This investment “will support a long life for a site of great historical importance and one that educates Canadians on the realities of the Cold War,” the Government of Canada said in a news release.

The museum attracts thousands of tourists annually with it’s blast from the past Cold War-era interior. The government’s funding will help preserve the museum and bring better programming for visitors, Sudds explained.

The 100,000-square-foot underground cultural facility will go through a comprehensive retrofit, in efforts to improve environmental conditions and accessibility.

Additionally, electrical systems will be upgraded to improve efficiency and support future technology, wrote the Government of Canada.

“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,” Christine McGuire, Executive Director of the Diefenbunker, said.

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