Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Hours Of Operation

9:30am–5pm daily May–Nov; call for O/S hours.


1055 Marginal Road, Halifax Seaport, Halifax, Halifax Metro


T: 855-526-4721



Pier 21, gateway for nearly 1 million immigrants from 1928 to 1971, now hosts Canada’s newest national museum. Hands-on activities, genealogical research, first-person stories.

For some of us, our ancestors paved the way. For others, a more recent journey brought us here. At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, you’ll experience the moving journey that many families took to start a new life in Canada.

Located at the Halifax Seaport, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 tells the broader story of Canadian immigration, from hundreds of years ago to the present day.

Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate through Pier 21 between 1928 and 1971. Discover the family history of one in five Canadians, at Canada’s last standing ocean immigration terminal.

  • EXPLORE FIRST-PERSON STORIES from newcomers and the people who welcomed them, archival photos, and artifacts such as trunks, luggage and personal treasures.
  • IMAGINE YOURSELF tossing at sea in the tight quarters of a replica ship’s cabin and dining room or travelling across Canada aboard a colonist railcar.
  • TAKE OUR CHALLENGE to see if your items would be allowed or confiscated at Customs.
  • GET INTO CHARACTER by playing dress-up in historical costumes.
Experience firsthand how Canada is shaped by the world in experiential ways, from past to present day.
  • LISTEN, SEE, SMELL AND TOUCH to experience how different waves of immigration have influenced everything around us from our global palate to our favourite pastimes.
  • DIGITALLY BROWSE a compelling collection of authentic immigration oral histories.
  • SNAP YOUR PHOTO and insert yourself into our digital cross-country mosaic.
  • SHARE HOW YOU FEEL about Canadian identity in our growing digital belonging quilt.
  • TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE and see your results at the citizenship test table.
You can also:
  • Discover your family history by searching pre-1935 immigration records.
  • Travel across Canada by viewing In Canada, an original film depicting stories of Canada’s cultural mosaic.
  • Shop for uniquely Canadian treasures, at our one-of-a-kind Gift Shop.

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Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Gift shop
Wheelchair accessible
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available

Detailed Information

This property accepts American Express, Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
Admission: Admission charged; free access to gift shop and research centre.