The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the national historic site at the Halifax seaport where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, as Canada’s sixth national museum, we share the ongoing story of immigration to Canada—past to present, and coast to coast to coast. Our exhibits immerse visitors in the immigration experience and allow for a deeper understanding of how newcomers shape our country. Our staff and collections provide opportunities for visitors to discover the countless journeys to Canada and find their own family’s connection to the story. Countless Journeys. One Canada.
Between 1928 and 1971, a million immigrants stepped off of ships at Pier 21 in Halifax and began their new lives in Canada. Today, one in five Canadians can trace their roots to this National Historic Site. The building is now Atlantic Canada’s only national museum, showcasing the stories of new Canadians and the vital contributions immigrants have made to this country. You can step inside a replica ship’s cabin and rail car, dress up in period clothes, and watch first-person video accounts of emigration. Every newcomer has a unique story, and it’s easy to spend hours reliving these experiences.