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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Review

Affectionately dubbed "Canada's Front Door," Pier 21 served as the entry point for nearly a million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It's now a national museum where the immigrant experience is re-created. Several innovative exhibits make this well worth a stop, among them the holographic multimedia presentation, shown inside a faux ship, detailing the arrival of immigrants. Beside the ship sits a Canadian National train car in whose compartments you can hear different first-person accounts of immigrants who continued westward from Halifax. (The train itself is stationary, but these oral histories are definitely moving.) The museum's many hands-on displays have built-in kid appeal, and special activities, like having "passports" stamped at various stations, are designed to engage young visitors. A research center, a gallery, a café, and a gift shop are on-site as well.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1055 Marginal Rd., Halifax, NS, B3H 4P7 | Map It
  • Phone: 902/425–7770; 855/526–4721
  • Cost: C$8.60
  • Hours: May–Oct., daily 9:30–5:30; Nov., daily 9:30–5; Dec.–Mar., Tues.–Sat. 10–5; Apr., Mon.–Sat. 10–5
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  • Location: Halifax
Updated: 11-15-2013

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