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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

#7 in Best Things To Do in Halifax

Pier 21 picture in Halifax
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  • Monuments and Memorials, Museums Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Between 1928 and 1971, one million immigrants passed through the doors of Pier 21 and became full-fledged members of the Canadian community. This large ocean liner terminal -- often referred to as the Ellis Island of Canada -- has since become a National Historic Site of Canada and the country's National Museum of Immigration. Visitors can wander the halls that once led immigrants to a new life. And they'll also learn the stories of some of the million immigrants who passed through. And who knows: You might learn a little more about yourself while here. As one TripAdvisor user writes: "I was the only one of our group not searching for when my ancestors arrived and was the only one to find them!"

Pier 21 overlooks Halifax Harbor from its seat just a few blocks south of Alexander Keith's Brewery. During the summer, the museum is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; hours are more limited between December and April. Admission is roughly $9 CAD for adults (about $9 USD) and $5 CAD for children ages six to 16. To learn more about the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, visit its website.

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