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Media Release
October 20, 2014
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 to Close Temporarily for Significant Expansion

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, will be closing temporarily for significant renovations beginning October 25, 2014. The planned renovations are part of the Museum’s exciting capital and thematic expansion that will nearly double its size and include two permanent exhibitions as well as new rental space.

In May 2015, the Museum will reopen with its expanded spaces which will feature a refreshed 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.

At this time, the Museum will also unveil a new exhibition telling the broader story of Canadian immigration. This new section of the Museum will showcase the vast contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day.

During this six-month closure period, administrative offices at 1099 Marginal Road will remain open for business. Visitors and clients can continue to connect with staff throughout this period.

The Scotiabank Family History Centre will be temporarily relocated to 1099 Marginal Road and will offer select research services to visitors Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. As well, select educational and public programing will continue to be held at offsite locations throughout the city during this time.

The public is encouraged to follow the Museum’s progress by visiting and by following the Museum’s blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Quick Facts

  • Pier 21, National Historic Site, was the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. It also served as the departure point for 500,000 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, committing approximately $25 million over five years to upgrade the Museum.
  • The Museum benefits from approximately $1 million annually in philanthropic support for educational and public programing in the new spaces and across the country.
  • The public is encouraged to stay connected with the Museum through its website and social media channels.


“As Canada’s newest national museum, we are now able to continue to highlight the special role Pier 21 has played in shaping our nation, while also sharing the overarching story of immigration to Canada. During our temporary closure, we are making every effort to minimize the disruption to our visitors and greatly appreciate the public’s understanding. These are momentous times at the Museum and we are so looking forward to once again welcoming visitors through our doors in May 2015.”

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

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Media Contacts

Cailin MacDonald, Communications Manager
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
902-425-7770 ext. 228,

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