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Family Bonds & Belonging Opening Soon

What is family? The answer to this simple question is central to a new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Family Bonds & Belonging opens March 9th and welcomes visitors of all ages to discover the many different ideas of family together, those of biology, choice, association and place.

With touching, beautiful and quirky displays the exhibition leads visitors through four themes - belonging, growth and change, gatherings and generations - and ultimately celebrates Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation.
Family photo albums, oral histories and a series of home movies screened in a full-scale 1970s themed rec room share nostalgic portrayals of early and contemporary families. Visitors will connect with the traditions of families who came as immigrants, and families who have always been here through beautiful and rare artifacts.

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Call for Photographers - Pier 21 Artist-in-Residence

Photographers are invited to submit proposals to be the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Artist-in-Residence. This year, the Museum is accepting proposals from photographers who want to be inspired by the new exhibition Family Bonds and Belonging, from the Royal BC Museum, on display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration from March to November 2019. The six-month residency enables an artist to create new work that contributes to the Museum’s mandate while advancing their art practice.

Family Bonds and Belonging celebrates Canadian identity by exploring families and family history, linking past to present and province to nation. The exhibition honours and interprets the many ideas of family - those of biology, of choice, of association and of place. Through artifacts, family photos, home movies, heirlooms, costumes, clothing and oral histories, visitors will connect with the stories and traditions from early and contemporary families, immigrants and those who have always been here.

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Winter Family Fun Day : Pier Through the Eyes of a Child

This year, the Museum’s Winter Family Fun Day features a magical opportunity to explore the unique perspectives of the children of Pier 21. Our new, special tour of the Pier 21 exhibit highlights real stories and memories of children who took their first steps in Canada here. Throughout Winter Family Fun Day, families will be guided through the exhibit and historical spaces providing a chance to understand Canada’s immigration history from a different viewpoint. In addition, we invite visitors to join us for art making, film screenings, cookie decorating and a visit with our mascot, Fenton.

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