In this North Dakota bunker, the kitchen's been tidied, but not much else has changed since the former Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility was deactivated in 1997 after a run of over 20 years. It's also called the Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site.
The East German fallout shelter was built in the 1970s by the feared state secret police. It housed enough supplies, including canned soup and biscuits, to tide over as many as 130 people for three weeks, before being reborn as the Bunkermuseum.
The exhibits at the Prague Nuclear Bunker Exposition are as eerie as the history of this plus-size facility that lies about "four floors deep" under the city. The shelter was said to be capable of housing up to 5,000 people during the chilliest days of the Cold War.
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Up to 60 people could call this bomb-proof civil-defense bunker home in the British city of York. Opened in 1961 in and in use until 1991, the facility is now a tourist destination.
This bunker, designed to serve up to 600 British military and civilian personnel, thought of everything, including an operating room. Decommissioned in 1992, it's now a museum and for-hire filming location owned and run by the family on whose farmland it was built.
You could say the bathroom in this bunker, once known as F4, has seen better days. Then again, the facility, located about 131 feet underground, was built in the 1950s by rule of Hungary's then-Stalinist strongman, so... maybe it hasn't.
This workspace could be from the set of "Mad Men" -- that is, if Don Draper's crew was housed in a four-story, 100,000-square-foot bunker located 75 feet beneath Ottawa. This mammoth Diefenbunker facility is now a museum.
K7 was the code name for this bunker built into a mountainside, and intended as the chief command-and-control center for the Swiss military. In 2012, the facility became a cloud data center for Radix Technologies. The map room was one of the few remaining vestiges of the complex's former life.
This control-room door made plain the serious matters contemplated at the concrete-encased Bare Mountain US government bunker, burrowed into the side of a Massachusetts mountain in 1957.
Roughly 20 years after the feds moved out, Amherst College bought the three-story bunker in 1992, and converted it into a book depository now used by a total of five colleges.
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Vintage anti-aircraft station
A visitor, dressed as an East German NVA army soldier, plays with switches in a former Russian mobile anti-aircraft radar station during an overnight stay in the Bunkermuseum in the former East Germany.
Originally built for secure aircraft-part manufacture during the bomb-ridden days of World War II, this underground British complex was reimagined during the Cold War as a nuclear bunker. It included a BBC studio that was capable of broadcasting public-service announcements.
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The Greenbrier bunker
Only the best for our members of Congress. This was apparently the guiding principle when the US government built a "five-star fallout shelter" into a mountain under the historic Greenbrier resort in West Virginia.
Maintained in secrecy for roughly 30 years until it was outed in 1992, the facility, designed to fit all 535 senators and representatives, plus about 565 others, is now a tourist destination.