Exhibitions

Broken Promises

Special Exhibition
February 11, 2023 to April 23, 2023

The exhibit frames seven distinct stories out of thousands of family histories impacted for generations by forced displacement and dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s.

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Archival image showing several people on the ground outside a train, while people on the train look out the windows at them.

Enemy Aliens - Internment in Canada 1914–1920

Special Exhibition
February 11, 2023 to April 23, 2023

This exhibition explores internment operations and the experiences of the internees: who they were, the conditions they endured and the legacy they left behind.

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Archival image of several men standing behind a barbed-wire fence.

The Canadian Immigration Story

Permanent Exhibition

Witness the challenge and triumph, the joy and injustice experienced by newcomers to Canada in the past and in the present. And learn about the vast contributions immigrants have made to Canada.

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A long colourful bench with sections divided by centuries and events.

The Pier 21 Story

Permanent Exhibition

Step into the past and experience what it was like to immigrate to Canada through Pier 21. From the ship you sailed on, to customs and immigration in Halifax, to the train you took to your final destination, discover the past housed in the walls of our National Historic Site.

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A long view of the Pier 21 Story exhibition space including a train car.

The Wheel of Conscience

Special Exhibition

The Wheel of Conscience sheds light on a dark moment in Canadian history. This memorial sculpture, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, is a potent reminder of the dangers of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism.

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Sculpture is a heavy steel wheel with four interlocking steer gears.