Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax

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Understand how a country can change and benefit through multiculturalism at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, a museum raising awareness of immigration in Canada. Find out what it was like to immigrate though pier 21, and see how immigrants have contributed to the country's culture up to the present day. Check out what's on display at the museum's temporary exhibits, which change regularly. Don't miss the gift shop, which stocks books, clothing, and signature products, the proceeds of which support the museum's ongoing research into immigration and genealogy. Plan your Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 visit and explore what else you can see and do in Halifax using our Halifax trip planning app .
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  • Enjoyed very much my visit at Pier 21. Ran out of time since I did not get there till mid afternoon. I needed certain answers about my Parent's immigration to Canada in 1962, and I found them with the...  more »
  • Great place to come to learn about Canadian immigration during a critical point in Canadian (and world) history. Not much in the way of artifacts or exhibits. I'd recommend taking the free guided tour...  more »
  • Halifax was a major immigration point to Canada hrough the ages and there are loads of exhibits and information about the sort of people who came and their experiences.  more »
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  • Great exhibit! My grandmother came through here when she immigrated to Canada from Europe in 1950. Very cool to visit her port of arrival. The museum really was incredibly informative and they even had a special library to help visitors find their family. Such a great time. I can't wait to visit again. Really nice to see history preserved. All should visit.
  • As an immigrant myself this place was a must in my visit to Halifax. The last port of entrance by the sea that was conserved practically as when it was used by millions to start a new life in this great country. Great exhibitions, interaction with guides is organic and very informative. Prepare yourself for many emotions. AMAZING PLACE.
  • We come here every year to Celebrate Canada Day. Take the guided tour. The guides, the personal stories of people who came through this building when it was operational as an immigration centre - that is something you will not easily forget. It will surprise and move you. If you had family who entered Canada - it will connect you in a way you didn't know you were missing. amenities: the doors can be a little awkward at times, but it is fully accessible. The bathrooms have always been very clean and the staff have always been the most wonderful story tellers.
  • This place are very attractive. It has a dock area for cruise ship. Also, it is a place to buy survenir. The reason I gave 4 star because for disability ramp need improvement.
  • I went here in a whim, having had everything closed when I was gallivanting in the area. I took the guided tour and I was wowed by the rich history and this place's contribution to Canada's immigration and Canada's being (if I'm honest). I got chills experiencing a taste of what it was like for immigrants to come into a foreign country for the first time, with very little food, exhausted from the voyage and not knowing where to go and what the future holds. It was truly a great experience.

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