Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Celebrates Its Official Reopening

Bird Construction served the general contractor completing renovations to the National Historic Site. Bird is proud to support the reopening of a museum that will be appreciated by the Canadians of tomorrow and visitors alike, well into the future.

 
HALIFAX, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 celebrated its official reopening on June 25, 2015 with the unveiling of Canadian Immigration Hall, a new exhibition showcasing the vast contributions of newcomers to Canada's culture, economy and way of life, from past to present day.

The opening of Canadian Immigration Hall, and the recent reopening of Rudolph P. Bratty Hall, marks the completion of the Museum's $30 million expansion.



The reimagined Rudolph P. Bratty Hall explores Pier 21's rich history as an immigration facility from 1928 to 1971, while Canadian Immigration Hall expands beyond the Pier 21 years to explore the broader story of immigration to Canada. Both new spaces engage visitors using state-of-the-art digital technology, experiential immersives and participatory activities.

The official reopening ceremony followed the central themes, Journey, Arrival, Belonging and Impact, as represented in the Museum. Author Lawrence Hill shared personal stories of Canadian immigration reflecting each theme. The ceremony also included remarks from Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, Troy Myers, Vice-Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

The program featured musical performances by some of Canada's most celebrated artists including gospel singer, Linda Carvery, performers from DRUM!, Doris Mason, Hubert Francis and Trevor Gould, as well as classical vocalist, Michael Ciufo accompanied by Joshua Tamayo. As well, Dinuk Wijeratne, accompanied by Daniel MacNeil, premiered an original piece of music composed in recognition of the Museum's reopening. The program closed with a performance by the Halifax Boys Honour Choir.



This afternoon, June 25, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be open free of charge to the public from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 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.

Celebrations will continue on Canada Day, July 1, as the Museum hosts its signature Multicultural Fair, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for families and offers free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Throughout its reopening year, there will be a host of activities and events happening at the Museum and on-the-road. People are encouraged to visit www.pier21.ca for updates.

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