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Pier 21 Canadian Museum of Immigration

Visit the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Arrivals in Examination Hall at Pier 21 in 1952

Arrivals in Examination Hall at Pier 21 in 1952

Chris Lund / National Film Board / Library and Archives Canada / PA-111579

Updated: 11/22/2013

About Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Immigration

Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia was officially inaugurated as the Canadian Museum of Immigration in February 2011. It is Canada's sixth national museum, and just the second outside the National Capital Region. Pier 21, already a national historic site, is the only surviving immigration pier in Canada. Between 1928 and 1971 Pier 21 was a landing point for more than a million immigrants arriving by ship in Canada to start a new life. The brick immigration shed on Pier 21 housed customs and immigration and also a nursery, hospital, dormitories, kitchen and dining hall, as well as a rail connection. During World War II, Pier 21 also served a staging role for the Canadian Armed Forces, and was the departure point for more half a million Canadian troops on their way to war.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration tells the stories of people who came to Canada seeking a better life for themselves and their families, and of their contributions to Canada's culture, economy, and way of life.

What to Do at the Canadian Museum of Immigration

As well as exhibit galleries and special exhibits, the Canadian Museum of Immigration also offers these activities:

  • multimedia presentation Oceans of Hope
  • researching your family’s immigration history
  • contributing your immigration story to a growing collection in the Scotiabank Research Centre.
  • Winter Break day camps
  • guided tours
  • Gift Shop
  • Gateway Café

Location of Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Immigration

1055 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3H 4P6

There is a large parking lot to the right of the Pier 21 main entrance. Parking is $2.00 per hour to a maximum of $10.00 a day.

Halifax Metro Transit provides regular bus service to Pier 21.

Hours of Admission

  • May to October: 7 days a week, 9:30 to 5:30
  • November: 7 days a week, 9:30 to 5
  • December to February: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 to 5 (Closed December 25, 26 and January 1; Open 7 days a week during Winter Break)
  • March: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 to 5 (Open Sundays for Spring Break)
  • April: Monday to Saturday, 10 to 5 (Closed on Good Friday)

Note: The musuem will be closed for repairs from December 14 to December 26, 2013 and from January 1 to February 5, 2014. It will be open between December 27 and December 31, 2013.

Admission Fees

  • Adults : $8.60
  • Seniors: $7.60
  • Students (with valid ID): $6.00
  • Children (6 to 16): $5.00
  • Children (5 and under): Free
  • Families: $22.00
  • Group rates are also available.

Contact Information

To check on hours, admission fees and for further information call:

(902) 425-7770

Official Website of Pier 21, the Canadian Museum of Immigration

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