Wow, what an amazing visit we had to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21! The Pier 21 exhibits really put you in the shoes of one of the one million people who immigrated to Canada between 1928 and 1971.
The details in the exhibits at Pier 21 are incredible. The Pier 21 Story exhibit starts out with a full model of Pier 21 showing the rooms immigrants had to go through on arrival such as medical, detainment, and where they would retrieve their luggage.
There is a full size model of a ship’s sleeping cabin.
And a full size portion of a train car! It actually felt like we were on a train. The sound effects in the exhibits are outstanding too.
There are many hands on exhibits in the museum for children including many luggage chests that each have a child’s story you can read and belongings that visitors can touch and try on. What an amazing way to actually help children get a sense of who these people were.
One of the best displays is a storefront, where you can add up your purchases just like families would have done when they arrived in Halifax and needed to buy some of our Canadian food. (Like spam! lol)
There is so much more to see, including another whole new exhibit called the Canadian Immigration Story, where you can learn more about how immigrants felt when they arrived and what a huge impact they have had on Canada. There are a lot of videos in that area where you can hear different people’s stories.
We all really enjoyed the museum and I highly recommend it for all ages.
Also, don’t miss the visiting Empress of Ireland exhibit! The Titanic wasn’t the only ship to sink in the 1910’s!
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Disclosure: I received free passes to Pier 21 to view the museum. All opinions in this article are my own.