Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Where Canada's immigration story began

  • The gateway for almost one-million immigrants from 1928 to 1971
  • 1 in 5 Canadians have a connection to Pier 21
  • 48000 war brides joined their spouses in Canada via Pier 21
  • Pier 21 is Canada’s last remaining immigration shed

Imagine how it felt to stand on a gangplank on the cusp of a new future. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for nearly one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971, as well as almost all military deployment during World War II. Along with the permanent Pier 21 Story exhibit, the Museum collects and shares statements and experiences of all immigrants to Canada through permanent and temporary exhibits that are interactive and in depth. The Scotia Bank Family History centre, located inside the Museum, helps individuals with genealogical research including locating ship rosters, passenger lists and arrival records. At the Museum you will learn about your past, the history of immigration, as well as the vital role immigration plays in building Canada’s future. 

Why you should visit
  • Look out at the waters that brought your ancestors to North America.
  • Run your fingers across the names inscribed on The Wall of Honour and the Wall of Service.
  • Become a part of the Pier 21 legacy with your own story.
  • Learn about the nearly one million immigrants, refugees, war brides, evacuee children and displaced persons who came through this gateway between 1928 and 1971.
  • Explore 400 years of immigration to Canada, from initial contact with First Nations to the present day in the Canadian Immigration Hall.
  • Search ship passenger lists and arrival records for your last name, and delve into your family’s immigration history.
  • Tour the last standing immigration shed in the country.
  • Walk alongside an interpreter who can explain it all.


Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Wheelchairs are available upon request, free of charge on a first come, first served basis. All floors of the museum are wheelchair accessible.
  • The elevator floor numbers are shown in Braille.
  • Subtitles can be provided for the multimedia presentation Oceans of Hope & Guide dogs are welcome.
  • On site gift shop and research assistance available.
When to go
  • The museum is open year round.
  • In addition to permanent exhibits, special events are common.
Need to know
  • Children are welcome in the general exhibits but check the website in respect to special events.
  • You can contribute your own family stories and photos.
Getting Here
  • Halifax is located on Nova Scotia's southeast coast.
  • Pier 21 is located centrally within walking distance of the Farmers' Market and other attractions.
  • Parking is available on site.
  • Public transportation is available with Halifax Metro Transit.