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“Worthwhile but needs something extra”

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Ranked #5 of 137 things to do in Halifax
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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. The Museum showcases the vast contributions of newcomers to Canada's culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day, see how Canada is shaped by the world in experiential ways.
Barrie, Canada
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20 reviews
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“Worthwhile but needs something extra”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I was assuming it would be neat to see what/where my great great great grandfather came through to Canada in the 1870s.
The museum is more focused on refugee type immigration just before and after WW2. Nothing really on the immigrants that built the country, rather than the ones that came here after or during the war.

For 2nd generation Canadians or tourists, it probably has all you would like to see. If your ancsestors came here 120+ years ago as in my case, theres not much to learn.

Worthwhile, but they need to focus on the immigrants that came here and turned forest and swamp into farms, towns and cities, so others could come here and live in the best country in the world.

Visited October 2012
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Calgary
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“Great Historical Information”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

The museum was wonderful with lots of focus on the WWII immigrants and their stories. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I would love to see the museum expand it's repertoire to include earlier immigrants. My great grandmother came through Halifax when she immigrated to Canada at the turn of the century and there was little to no information on immigrants from this era.

Visited October 2012
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north america
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“A nice way to teach history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

Interactive displays, full of information on the history of Immigration in Canada. The tour guides are excellent and very informative.

Visited December 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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147 reviews
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“great place for an event!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

We did a product showcase there and the place worked very well. The staff was incredibly helpful and the food service was great. No complaints. The museum was very interesting and for some in our group that had family come to Canda through Halifax it was amazing to see the names and pictures.

Visited February 2012
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Nova Scotia
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“OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

not my thing but it was ok and of great historical signifagance were sen there by people we met at point pleasant park

Visited July 2012
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