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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Address: 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Phone Number: 902 425 7770
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Description: Plan a visit to this national testament to the Canadian immigration...
Plan a visit to this national testament to the Canadian immigration experience, which pays tribute to the citizens of Canada who have enriched this culturally diverse country.
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Very interesting for anyone with recently immigrated family

This place has some very informative displays that really give you a feel for what it would have been like to arrive in Canada from Europe in the early part of the last century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 17, 2012
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Toronto, Ontario
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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This place has some very informative displays that really give you a feel for what it would have been like to arrive in Canada from Europe in the early part of the last century. The film in the main theatre is particularly good and shouldn't be missed. If you have family members who have immigrated in the last hundred years... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Museum was very interesting and the girl who did the guided tour was excellent. I found the stories very thought provoking. The 3D film was also very good

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ALLENWOOD
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Very, very helpful staff members in the research department. Really put a lot of effort into being helpful.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This pier served as a point of entry for immigrants to Canada in the 20th century. There is an extremely boring 30 minute film and a few displays. Definitely no drama. This museum is positioned to capture cruising tourists. It definitely sucked us in.

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New York, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The train with different cars with videos of people explaining what the arrival was like as well as the video with "live" people was amazing. If you know someone who arrived through Halifax, there is a room where someone is there to help you do the research.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

For 6$ (student) I thought upon entry it was a deal. I was wrong. The museum is rather small and not too informative. Most appropriate for children.

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New Hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We enjoyed the movie in the theatre: informative and very moving. Our guide added a lot of information and personality to our museum visit.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

There were a few good displays demonstrating the emotional and physical journey of the people who landed here. The movie was worth the time. I've been to Ellis Island in New York and it was a much more moving experience. When we went to the research centre, we found that they were using ancestry.com which anyone can use anywhere, anytime... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

My father and grandparents were immigrants to Canada and arrived through Pier 21, so this was a very important experience for me. The Museum has 2 exhibits, a 20 minute film, and the Research Centre. What I wanted to get from this museum was a feel for the emotions felt by my immigrant family when they arrived and to bring... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

If you are the descendent of one of the million people that immigrated through here you will want to go. I am not much into geneology but finding the boat and records of our grandmas entry was a really touching moment. The building is being developed. I can see much potential but the stories they tell in the theatre and... More 

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