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Is a picture really worth 1,000 words?

Here at the Museum, we get excited about sharing and preserving stories—namely the individual immigration stories that span Canada chronologically and geographically, that together make up our collective Canadian story.

Often, stories are shared through written first-hand accounts, through research compiled from historical documents or through oral histories. All of which can be extremely moving and thought-provoking. But what about the power of a story shared through a photograph?

Put ‘Em Up: Museums vs. The Gym

Recently, we hosted a Zumba Fitness class with instructor Amy Marshall as part of our Discover Culture program. The energy was wild and fun. The music drew in those who had planned to attend as well as those who wandered by and wanted to join the party. We started with a small handful of somewhat tentative people and before we knew it, more had joined and the place was hoppin’!

Visitor Experience Interpreters by Day; Scuba Divers, Book Illustrators and Travellers by Night

When visiting the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, you will meet a group of staff known as Visitor Experience Interpreters. These dynamic and knowledgeable individuals will welcome you, provide information and visit guidance, and offer programming which will enhance your experience.

Together with a dedicated group of Visitor Experience volunteers (look for more about them in a future blog), they are part of the frontline of the Museum. This summer there are ten interpreters on staff, and one interesting characteristic of this team is how diverse their backgrounds are.