Peace – The Exhibition travels to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

June 2, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, May 22, 2014 — The Canadian War Museum is pleased to announce that a version of its ground-breaking Peace The Exhibition is officially opening today at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax.

Peace The Exhibition vividly illustrates the diversity of Canadians’ choices and actions for peace and how these actions have been a shaping force in Canada’s history. The original exhibition was presented at the Canadian War Museum from May 2013 to January 2014.

“We are delighted that Atlantic Canadians will be able to experience this fascinating exhibition,” said Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History. “Visitors will meet combatants, activists, diplomats and humanitarians, and will discover that Canadians, when faced with the same event or issue, have often made very different choices for peace.”

Pier 21 is a National Historic Site and was the gateway to Canada for 1 million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Pier 21 now hosts the Canadian Museum of Immigration — Atlantic Canada’s only national museum. The museum invites Canadians to explore the ways in which their country has been profoundly shaped by immigration.

“Peace, violence and war have been central to the history of immigration to Canada. Many immigrants have come to escape violence or to avoid forced military service,” said Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. “We are pleased to host Peace – The Exhibition, which will encourage visitors to discover how Canadians have negotiated, organized and intervened for peace.”

Peace – The Exhibition is divided into three themes: Negotiate, Organize and Intervene. The version on display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 from May 16 to October 19, 2014 features evocative artifacts and compelling personal stories that illustrate how Canadians have taken a wide range of actions in the name of peace. It covers several topics, from the history of Canada–U.S. border disputes to Canada’s role in the Vietnam War to Canadians’ diverse roles in, and opinions about, the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War.

The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. Its mission is to promote public understanding of Canada’s military history in its personal, national and international dimensions.


Media contacts:

For the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

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

For the Canadian War Museum

Avra Gibbs Lamey
Communications and Media Relations Officer
Canadian War Museum