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Exhibitions at Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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Past temporary exhibition Shaping Canada: Exploring Our Cultural Landscapes

Discover the Museum’s main exhibition dedicated to the years when Pier 21 was open as an immigration shed. Learn about the one million immigrants, refugees, war brides, evacuee children and displaced persons who came through this gateway between 1928 and 1971. You’ll also learn about Canada’s participation during the desperate days of the Second World War when 500,000 military personnel departed from Pier 21. Hear the personal stories of diverse immigrants from all over the world in our 20 minute contemporary bilingual film in Canada (shown at regular times throughout the day).

Museum Notice

The Wheel of Conscience monument is presently offsite. It has been shipped to its fabricators, Soheil Mosun Limited, in Toronto for repair. Please revisit our website for updates on the monument’s return. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Honourable Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Daniel Libeskind, architect, unveil the Wheel of Conscience on January 20, 2011.

The Honourable Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, and Daniel Libeskind, architect, unveil the Wheel of Conscience on January 20, 2011. © SteveKaiserPhotography.ca

Commemorating the St. Louis Voyage

The Wheel of Conscience monument is on display in Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Rudolph P. Bratty Exhibition Hall. The Wheel of Conscience monument was developed through a partnership between the Canadian Jewish Congress and Citizenship and Immigration Canada to commemorate the story of the St. Louis. The monument was designed by world renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, who was born in Poland and is the son of Holocaust survivors. In his artist statement, Libeskind describes the wheel as driven by gears which are symbolic of both the gears of a ship and the “gears” of government. The words hatred, racism and xenophobia are represented on three gears smallest to largest. These gears combined, move the largest and most prominent gear of antisemitism. The rotating gears fracture and reassemble the image of the ship at set intervals. The gears represent the vicious circle that brought tragedy to so many lives and dishonor to Canada. Entrance to Rudolph P. Bratty Exhibition Hall is included in Museum admission.