Exhibitions

The World of Yousuf Karsh: A Private Essence

Special Exhibition
March 12 to October 16, 2022

Witness the famed photographer’s iconic work and learn about his origins as an Armenian refugee to Canada in 1924. This special exhibition features over 100 portraits of major figures of the 20th century.

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A portrait of Portia White by Yousef Karsh.

A Canadian Dream: The Passengers of the SS Maasdam July 6, 1968

Special Exhibition
May 12 to August 21, 2022

Five Dutch families aboard the SS Maasdam, each with different fates. Why did one family leave Canada and the others stay? This multimedia exhibition aims to understand their life-changing decisions, and the search for home.

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A family of four are all sitting on a small, bottom, ship bunk.

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. It 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.