Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Pier 21

Canada's Immigration Museum

Backgrounder

Between 1928 and 1971, 1.5 million immigrants, displaced people, evacuee children, refugees, war brides, and Canadian military service personnel passed through Pier 21. Today, one in five Canadians has a direct connection to the historic pier. Reopened as Canada's immigration museum in 1999 and recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of Canada in 2007, Pier 21 shares and celebrates Canada's unique stories of immigration and nation building.

In 2009, the Government of Canada announced that a National Museum of Immigration would be created at Pier 21. Canada's National Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 becomes just the sixth national museum in all of Canada and only the second outside the National Capital Region. Pier 21 welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually, from all parts of the world — adults and school children alike.

The Kenneth C. Rowe Heritage Hall hosts special events of national and international calibre. It is where, in December 2004, U.S. President George W. Bush thanked Canadians for their kindness in the aftermath of 9/11. In 2006, the hall hosted hundreds of war brides who returned to commemorate the 60th anniversary of their arrival to Canada. And for the next few days, it will build on its historical legacy by housing the international development ministers of the G8 nations for discussions that could impact millions in developing countries.

Gallery: The Ralph and Rose Harbourside Gallery hosts diverse travelling and community exhibitions on themes related to Canadian immigration and nation building. Located on the ground floor, the Gallery helps increase our emphasis on using exhibits to further tell Pier 21 stories and the larger Canadian immigration story.

Research: The Scotiabank Research Centre holds additional information on topics of migration, nautical history, waves of immigration to Canada, ethnic groups and genealogy. There are now 2,000 stories, 600 oral histories, 1,000 donated books, 300 films and thousands of archival images, and scans of immigration and WWII documents. Pier 21 offers reference services to anyone who visits, emails, calls or writes. The Centre conducts oral history interviews, scans materials, collects stories, and works with partners on book, film and research projects.

The Pier 21 Gift Shop is one of the most celebrated in all of Canada. The Gift Shop is full of treasures from around the world, including unique products from different countries like Russia, Egypt, Africa, France and Italy. The shop also has a wide range of Canadian products, including unique Ammolite jewellery, Inuit Soapstone carvings and Lobster Pate. There's something special for all ages.

Contact: To contact Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P6
Tel: (902) 425-7770
Fax: (902) 423-4045
Email: info@pier21.ca

Website: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Media Contact: Cailin MacDonald, Communications Manager
Tel: (902) 425-2320
Fax: (902) 423-4045
cmacdonald@pier21.ca