Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast. Our exhibits immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper understanding of how newcomers shape our country. Our staff and collections provide opportunities for visitors to discover the countless journeys to Canada and find their own family’s connection to the story. Countless Journeys. One Canada.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mommabear7218
    Brampton, Canada23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotional Experience
    Emotional and amazing experience. My husband's mother arrived here July 1958 with 6 littles one in tow from Italy. He saw the spot where they disembarked and all that they went thru during the voyage. He was extremely emotional during our visit. Thank you to the volunteers who were able to locate documents for both sides of our families. We will be visiting again August 2023.
    Visited August 2022
    Written March 8, 2023
  • williamNola
    314 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    if you love ellis island you will also like this place
    this place is at the end of the boardwalk strip but well worth the walk. the film is more a commercial for canada than a story about past immigration- but watch it anyway. the exibits are self explanitory but try and take a free tour with one of the docents. it enhances the story. not as many details as you might like but staff is very nice and will answer any questions you might. it is cool to be in the actual place where the huddled masses got of the ship
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 1, 2023
  • PavlaPavla
    Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A new home
    The place where immigrants first entered the territory of Canada after a long journey across the ocean is today a place that charts this history. There were two places in particular that caught my attention: an interactive map on which visitors used string to mark where they used to live before immigrating to Canada. And another one it was the place where people wrote messages; not in the guest book, but on pieces of paper and then hung them on strings. Messages from around the world and in many languages. The exhibition itself shows the objects that the immigrants had with them when they came to Canada, you can read their memories here, watch the film.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 14, 2023
  • MissK
    Mississauga, Canada71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go see the J.J. Lee exhibit while it's still here
    We planned to visit this Museum, with the knowledge that there would be a special exhibit about Chinese immigration. The exhibit showcased many artifacts, videos, clothing, and an actual head tax certificate and a rich culture that should be talked about more often. It is sad to hear how much racism Chinese people faced and are now finally able to share their stories to fill in missing parts of history. As a minority, I hope people take the opportunity to learn about previously unshared experiences. At least the museum recognizes the importance of Chinese culture so this was special. Definitely visit the museum. The location is gorgeous also as it's right along the water. The lady selling the tickets needs some lessons on friendly customer service, but otherwise it was good. There is plenty of parking available outdoors and you just need to pay at the meter. The bathrooms are clean also.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Stirling B
    Ottawa, Canada641 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    New Life in Canada
    The Canadian Immigration Museum documents the lives of Immigrants who landed in Canada over a span of 40 years from the late 1920s to the early 1970s. Amongst the most interesting features is the messages written on paper from people who immigrated or had family who immigrated to Canada. Well worth a visit when in Halifax
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 26, 2023
  • JC
    London, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative and worthwhile visit!
    I was not sure what to expect when we visited the Museum, however I found it so interesting and informative. The tour guides were very good in the way they explained things and were open to questions from the visitors. I had not realised how important Pier 21 was and the scale in which it operated. I would highly recommend visiting the museum if you get the chance!
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Mario A
    Montreal, Canada2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mom’s entry from Italy to Canada
    Was really heart warming to relive my parents’ footsteps from when they entered Canada in 1957/58. Tours run frequently in English and French and explained in detail. We walked around every room in the museum, simulating every step immigrants had to go through. There are also lots of personal stories and personal belongings throughout the museum. We also watched a video documenting peoples’ journeys. Worth the visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Penny Maddy
    Idaho City, Idaho5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience! A must-see for everyone
    This museum goes above and beyond and shows a lot about Canadian history. Beautiful exhibits and activities, and the staff were incredibly knowledgeable. Brunette lady had a lot of interesting info to share. The museum is kid-friendly but will probably be appreciated more by adults. Easy to access from the docks. Would definitely visit again.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Daveygrohl
    Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    If you’re visiting on a cruise, it’s in the same building so really handy. We spent over two hours here, it really is one of the best put together museums I’ve been to. It was incredibly moving and sensitively put together.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Dave U
    West End, Honduras4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful and Friendly
    We had a few minutes before we had to reboard our cruise ship at the end of the day, so we strolled down to the "Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21". After chatting with one of the employees for a couple of moments, they assisted me with finding my ancestors who immigrated to Canada from England. They quickly found the immigration card signed by my grandmother, who lied about her age to permit her to travel alone. They found information on her older sister who had travelled to Canada before her. Although it was less than 30 minutes in total, their team provided me with some information and insight into my ancestors which I had never known. Wonderful place, I will attempt to stop by again whenever I am in the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
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Lauryn Collins
Halifax, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Went with a close friend to trace check out the museum's offerings and to trace our history, as we both had ancestors who had gone through Pier 21. Poignant, informative, and engaging, we had an impeccable learning experience and got to connect a bit to our individual histories using the on-sight archival services. Whether or not you have a personal connection the Pier 21, this is well worth a visit while you're in Halifax!
Written December 23, 2023
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Foodange
Manchester, UK2,822 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Couples
Both the Pier 21 and the Canadian Immigration Story Exhibits are really worth a visit; we learned so much.
Surprised by the blatant racism of Canada not that long ago, wanting only white Europeans until relatively recently.
A bit of a contrast with USA and UK but full marks for the honesty.
There are also desks downstairs in the Family History Center where you can start the search for answers about your ancestors, which we did.
Written November 15, 2023
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Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada423 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Solo
The museum provides huge insights into the waves of immigration which kickstarted modern Canada - most early immigrants were from Europe and came by ship which meant coming through Halifax. Get yourself on a tour as the guides provide interesting additional insights into the lives and experience of those who arrived. Who knew there were 42,000 war brides who married Canadian servicemen just at the end of WW II who arrived in Canada through Halifax. And there is a section where you can search for your forebearers...I found reference to my grandfather who arrived in Canada from Scotland in 1911. Well worth several hours.
Written October 8, 2023
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Neal R
North Adams, MA51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023
The Canadian Museum of Immigration is a must see during a visit to Halifax. In a short time, 1-2 hours, you can learn a lot about how Canada attracted immigrants. And the museum, in a balanced way, explained the impact of immigration on First Nations and highlighted the historical preferences and prejudices that helped some immigrants and hurt others.
All in all, a great way to learn about how Canada became a multi-cultural and dynamic country in the 21st Century by doing many things on immigration right. But the museum does not gloss over the problems and challenges of immigration--past and present.
Written October 7, 2023
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joe-chicago-23
Chesterfield, MO1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We planned in advance to go to this museum even before we discovered that it was next to where our ship was docked. It's certainly worth the admission price.
We started with a guided tour portion. The stories we heard were amazing and we have no reason to believe they were not true. Many photos and displays are available for viewing. Canadian immigration has a long history and its laws have changed numerous times.
Written September 30, 2023
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Griswold Vacations
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We went to the Pier 21 Immigration Museum in Halifax. I have been wanting to visit this museum to retrace where we landed as new immigrants to Canada.
Seeing the images and videos of the new immigrants coming through Pier 21 over the years was very emotional.
Reflecting on the many immigration stories similar to that of our family was emotional.
The displays in the museum are well presented and worth the time to explore, whether or not you came through Pier 21 as a new immigrant to Canada.
Written September 26, 2023
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Dave U
West End, Honduras4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We had a few minutes before we had to reboard our cruise ship at the end of the day, so we strolled down to the "Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21". After chatting with one of the employees for a couple of moments, they assisted me with finding my ancestors who immigrated to Canada from England. They quickly found the immigration card signed by my grandmother, who lied about her age to permit her to travel alone. They found information on her older sister who had travelled to Canada before her. Although it was less than 30 minutes in total, their team provided me with some information and insight into my ancestors which I had never known. Wonderful place, I will attempt to stop by again whenever I am in the area.
Written September 22, 2023
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mabh1504
Berkeley, CA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really informative, interactive displays & much less crowded than Ellis Island (at least when we were there). Would definitely recommend.
Written September 19, 2023
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Daveygrohl
Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
If you’re visiting on a cruise, it’s in the same building so really handy. We spent over two hours here, it really is one of the best put together museums I’ve been to. It was incredibly moving and sensitively put together.
Written September 2, 2023
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Angela M
Preston, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples

Leave enough time to thoroughly enjoy and get the most of your visit. Excellent displays , film and tour staff all very helpful
Written August 25, 2023
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