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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
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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...

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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I'm a second generation Canadian and I visited Pier21 to find out more about my family's past in this country and due to Great detective work by 2 staff people I found information... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a second generation Canadian and I visited Pier21 to find out more about my family's past in this country and due to Great detective work by 2 staff people I found information on both sets of my grandparents who had settled in Winnipeg in the early teens and 20's of the new century. I was really proud to be... More 

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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To walk through this place where our ancestors first arrived brings chills to me, in knowing the powerful impact it had on their lives. Over 1 million immigrants came through these doors that shaped our history. Love, love, love this place. Highly recommend the Saturday market too.

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Halifax, NS
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I find it interesting to roam the displays, especially listening to the videos of people's stories. A definate must visit

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum traces back history of every Canadian to their origin. The Scotia family records center contains the record of every immigrant passed through this pier. It was an emotional visit for me.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Given the political climate right now, my visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 was very poignant. Well thought out exhibitions and displays, interesting content and opportunities for interactivity, the museum is small but mighty. I only had an hour to spend there, but could have easily spent about triple the time. We must endeavour to continue... More 

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Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

every time I visit Halifax I stop by Pier 21 to see our family plaque on the wall. we have been taking our grandson too, so that he can learn about his ancestors arriving from war ravaged Europe in the 1940's. the wharf is right outside the window and it's surreal to imagine all of the families arriving with all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. The Family History Centre were great. It was a busy day when we were there and although we had a bit of a wait we were greeted and made to feel welcomed. It's expensive to get documents but for us it was worth it! Overall, a very enjoyable experience!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I was in Halifax for one day on a cruise ship and the museum was within walking distance. I was so glad I visited! There were various exhibits (a large train, ship displays) about the ways and the whos of Canadian immigration through the years. There were also interactive displays and displays for geared for children. Loved that it was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The museum is housed beautifully in the Ellis Island of Canada though I suspect that it was far more pleasant to arrive as an immigrant here. Thousands of immigrants to Canada landed at Halifax and were processed through these wharf buildings. Their stories are presented as are the processes they were subjected to and the format and presentations are interesting... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a great place to review history of immigration coming into Canada.. Seeing where my grand parents landed and signed brought us closer to the real challenges that they faced. Fully accessible

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