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Media Release
May 5, 2015
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Reopens

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will reopen to the public on May 5, 2015 with the newly renovated Pier 21 exhibition, dedicated to Pier 21’s rich history as an immigration facility from 1928 to 1971—the family history of more than one in five Canadians today. The planned renovations are part of the Museum’s exciting $30 million expansion that will nearly double its exhibition space.

The reimagined Pier 21 exhibition, in Rudolph P. Bratty Hall, will give a glimpse of what it was like to immigrate through Pier 21 using digital technology and interactive activities. Visitors will be able to experience the moving journey that many families took to start a new life in Canada.

New exhibits will be animated by hourly guided tours and showings of in Canada, an original film featuring the personal stories of diverse immigrants to Canada from all over the world.

Renovations continue in the Museum’s second exhibition, which expands beyond the Pier 21 years to share the broader story of immigration to Canada. This new section will open on June 25, 2015 and will showcase the vast contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day.

The new Kenneth C. Rowe Hall is complete and is currently accommodating rental bookings.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be open to the public seven-days-a-week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Quick Facts

  • Pier 21, National Historic Site, was the gateway to Canada for almost one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 368,000 Canadian military personnel during the Second World War.
  • The Government of Canada officially opened the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Canada’s sixth national museum, in February 2011.
  • The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada’s newest national museum and only the second outside of the National Capital Region.


“We have reached a very special milestone in our evolution as a national museum with the reopening of Rudolph P. Bratty Hall. Visitors have such an emotional connection to this space and we hope they will continue to feel this in an even more meaningful way. The courage and determination it takes to immigrate is inspirational and lives on through the stories we tell. We are ecstatic to be welcoming back visitors young and old in time for Nova Scotia’s summer tourism season.”

- Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Media Contacts

Cailin MacDonald
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 228

Stephanie Comeau
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
(902) 425-7770 ext. 264