The new funds, along with the museum’s $ 400,000, now give it $ 1.5 million to spend on what he calls “critical improvements.” The Cold War bunker was built in 1961 and requires considerable work to bring it up to 2020 standards. The work required includes renovating the original toilet to meet accessibility requirements, as well as installing new ones. ventilation and electrical systems and the modernization of its plumbing.
“These infrastructure improvements will allow the museum to thrive as a visitor-oriented, relevant and vibrant organization while preserving a critical aspect of Canadian history,” said a statement from the Diefenbunker Museum.
The Diefenbunker was built to house Canada’s military and government leaders in the event of a nuclear attack. In March, the museum said it needed up to $ 3 million to pay for the upgrades.
Current renovations are expected to be completed by the end of 2022.