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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Address: 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7, Canada
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+1 902-425-7770
09:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Plan a visit to this national testament to the Canadian immigration experience, which pays tribute to the citizens of Canada who have enriched this culturally diverse country. The Museum showcases the vast contributions of newcomers to Canada's culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day, see how Canada is shaped by the world in experiential ways.

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Amazing piece of history!

Enjoyed our visit to this amazing piece of Halifax heritage. Lots of information and well laid out. Visited the archive center where the staff was able to find the ship my... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed our visit to this amazing piece of Halifax heritage. Lots of information and well laid out. Visited the archive center where the staff was able to find the ship my mother sailed on included photographs, manifest and ship menus. What a great discovery!!

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Shelburne, Vermont
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic tour guide, George from the Netherlands, who himself immigrated over 50 years ago. He took us through the process of how displaced people and refugees managed to rebuild their lives in an accepting country. The artifacts ate amazing and there's a research centre where you could find out about your own ancestors. The pictures show recreations of the Immigration... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great visit, very emotional, would go back and spend more time. Friends actually found their grandmothers name on one of the boats that came across for the UK, staff were friendly and fast and interesting to see all the personal letters and displays.

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Vaughan, Ontario
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our parents arrived in Halifax in the 1950's. The tour took us back in time in our parents shoes. It can get a little emotional at times.

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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this museum 1 hour before it closed thinking we will have more than enough time to see everything.. But after 10 min I realised there's so much to see so we asked if we could leave right away and come back tomorrow morning - the staff were kind enough to say yes to that. They said visitors... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a good morning here wandering the exhibits. Was impressed by the interactive nature of many of the displays and the curative effort into bringing history alive. The amount of primary source information here is commendable. Found exhibitions to be informative, but a little jingoistic. While it's not a popular topic, more insight into the difficulties of the immigrant experience... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second visit to pier 21. We made a special trip to see the Day One exhibit. The pier is a must see when in Halifax. Brings to mind the sacrifices and bravery made by both soldiers leaving here during the world wars and also the immigrants coming here for a better life. Thanks to George, the tour... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the guided tour of the museum. Our guide was very knowledgeable and genuine. the best part of the building (which is huge) are the views of the waterfront. While you're there, if you have any relatives who may have immigrated to Canada between 1925-1935, you should definitely check out the archives on the main floor. The staff there... More 

1 Thank Elif K
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

An interesting museum if perhaps a little light on actual content. One of the rare national museums outside of Ottawa, this one provides a topical place for addressing the topic of immigration, an important one to Canadian history. A personal touch is often given to the subject here, and the guides are particularly friendly and helpful in giving some insight... More 

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Dartmouth, Canada
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

A must see for visitors. Experience the history preserved. Great exhibits, tours, and information regarding all those who entered Halifax as immigrants and who were and are so warmly welcomed.

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