Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Pier 21 was one of the most important ports for immigration in Canada and welcomed more than one million refugees between 1928 and 1971, comparable to Ellis Island on the US East Coast. The Canadian Museum of Immigration was built in 1999 to tell the story of this mass immigration and provide access to the only ocean immigration shed still standing in Canada. As part of the National Museums of Canada, it is the only museum in the country dedicated solely to immigration. Its exhibits are such that they appeal even to children and acquaint them with a major historical phenomenon that occurred over decades. Learn more about the Canadian role in World War II, delve into the desperate stories and dreams of the brides and children who sought refuge in Halifax, and purchase a souvenir at the gift shop as a remembrance of your visit. Temporary exhibits and projects such as Digital Storytelling and Culture Trunks give visitors a fun and holistic learning experience.

Location:  1055 Marginal Road

Business hours:  Mar - We-Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Apr - Tu-Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., May-Oct - Mo-Su 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nov - Mo-Su 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Dec-Feb - We-Su 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.