Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Arts & Culture


Countless Journeys. One Canada.


In Halifax, Nova Scotia there is a place which has an enduring hold on the hearts of many Canadians. It is here, at a former immigration shed, where the lives of many families began in Canada. The halls of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 echo with the hope, fears and ambitions that immigrants brought with them.

At the Museum, we believe in the transformative power of stories. We preserve and share the stories of those who have helped build Canada. Through research and public education, we invite people from Canada and around the world to better understand the story of our country by walking in the footsteps of the immigrants whose dreams, challenges and sacrifices have brought us to today.

These are the stories of who we have been.

Of how we got here.

Of who we are.

And of who we will become.

Our Impact

The Museum experience leaves an indelible imprint on our visitors each year. Digital programming, genealogy resources, travelling exhibitions, cultural and educational programming, and partner collaborations, help us bring the story to even more people. We aspire to deepen our impact, and to extend our reach. Now more than ever, we understand the pivotal role we play in helping foster understanding and in shaping the Canada we will become. There is so much more of the story yet to be told. We hope you will help.

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A gift to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, an Agent of Her Majesty, qualifies under section 110.1 (1) (b) of the Income Tax Act. A taxable receipt is automatically provided to monetary donations of $20 or more.

How your gift will be used

Leaving a gift in your will to the Museum, you enable us to celebrate the living history and diversity of our nation. Your gift will directly support our work to,

  • build our collection of oral history, written stories, digital images, archival documents, and objects that reflect the immigration and refugee experiences of newcomers to Canada;
  • create and host compelling and engaging exhibitions;
  • deliver public and educational programming;
  • engage a wider audience through expanded outreach, communications, accessible and interactive online experiences and digital delivery;
  • transform our on-site exhibitions, programs and collections into ones that can be deployed digitally and on the road;
  • connect Canadians to their roots through family history research;
  • subsidize public access to the Museum experience for those who face financial barriers

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