Pictures of the Diefenbunker, a museum of the cold war in Ottawa, Canada (19 pictures)

On October 27th, 2010 I toured the Diefenbunker which is a museum of the cold war in Ottawa, Canada. It was a private tour as part of the GCC summit that was held in Ottawa (which I presented 2 papers). In our group, we had several people from eastern Germany, the Czech republic and Russia, which was on the other side of the cold war.

The Diefenbunker was designed to protect the Canadian government if cold war had turned into a war involving nuclear weapons. Fortunately, it was never used. It was named after John Diefenbaker, who was prime minister of Canada when the facility was first built. One Canadian prime minister who learned that there was no provision for spouses and children to be protected, vowed never to set foot in the bunker.

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Picture #1: Home supplies in case of an attack
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35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 19:59:23
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 08:17
Picture #2: Communications machine
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.3, ISO 3200, 1/25 sec, 20.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 40.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 20:03:10
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 08:23
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Picture #3: Gas mask
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f/4.1, ISO 3200, 1/25 sec, 17.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 34.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 20:03:36
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Picture #4: Early computerized gun turret control system
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.1, ISO 2500, 1/60 sec, 17.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 34.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 20:04:06
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 08:27
Picture #5: Cafeteria motativational display
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.3, ISO 200, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 20.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 40.0mm
Extra equipment used: Olympus FL-36
Programs used: gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 20:13:10
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Picture #6: Small nuke
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f/4.0, ISO 200, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 14.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
Extra equipment used: Olympus FL-36
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:19:54
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 08:37
Picture #7: What damage a 1 megaton nuclear bomb expolding over Ottaw would do
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f/4.3, ISO 3200, 1/40 sec, 20.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 40.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:21:23
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 08:58
Picture #8: Small nuke #2
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.5, ISO 200, FL-36 flash, 1/60 sec, 22.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 44.0mm
Extra equipment used: Olympus FL-36 flash
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:23:19
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Picture #9: Blast tunnel
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f/4.1, ISO 3200, 1/25 sec, 17.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 34.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:31:01
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Picture #10: Machine
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.5, ISO 2500, 1/60 sec, 22.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 44.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:37:08
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Picture #11: Bank vault door to protect the gold supply
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f/4.1, ISO 3200, 1/20 sec, 17.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 34.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:46:57
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:01
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Picture #12: War memorial
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f/4.2, ISO 3200, 1/20 sec, 18.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 36.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:49:46
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 08:50
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This was the most sobering part of the museum. The rubble is from Hiroshima or Nagasaki, and the wall lists all of the wars and conflicts in the world that have occurred in the last years.
Picture #13: Teletype machines
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.0, ISO 2500, 1/60 sec, 14.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:52:06
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:02
Picture #14: War room
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35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
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Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:58:30
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Picture #15: War room #2
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.0, ISO 3200, 1/60 sec, 14.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
Programs used: neatimage, gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 21:59:40
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:12
Picture #16: Prime minister's cot
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.0, ISO 3200, 1/50 sec, 14.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
Programs used: neatimage, gimp
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 22:10:25
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:15
Picture #17: Prime minister's desk
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2010, All rights reserved
Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.0, ISO 3200, 1/60 sec, 14.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
Programs used: default crop, gimp, neatimage
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 22:10:30
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:15
Picture #18: Emergency Canadian broadcast facilities
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Copyright, Michael Meissner 2010, All rights reserved
Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.0, ISO 3200, 1/60 sec, 14.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 28.0mm
Programs used: default crop, gimp, neatimage
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 22:17:47
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:18
Picture #19: Computers
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Olympus E-P2 camera with Olympus-m43 14-150mm lens
f/4.1, ISO 3200, 1/40 sec, 15.0mm, auto mode, vivid color, matrix metering, auto + manual focus, image stabilization, auto
35mm equivalent focal length 30.0mm
Programs used: default crop, gimp, neatimage
Taken by Michael Meissner on October 27, 2010 22:24:37
Last modified on March 13, 2011 at 09:20

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