Refuge Canada

A travelling exhibition created by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

January 30th – April 14th, 2023

Refugees face fear, shattered lives and often dangerous voyages in search of refuge. Canada has provided that refuge for many. However, over the course of the 20th century, Canada has had a mixed record of welcoming refugees, reacting generously to some while overlooking others. Refuge Canada provides context for Canada’s place in the global refugee crisis and brings to light the challenges faced by people who came to Canada as refugees. Drawing upon oral histories, archival images, artifacts and interactives, Refuge Canada shares the stories of refugees in an evocative and engaging way. The exhibition aims to create a setting for visitors to make a personal connection to the feelings of pain, danger and hope experienced by refugees, and to be inspired and informed on refugee issues in Canada today.

Refuge Canada is organized into five themes: Life Before, Fear, Displacement, Refuge, and Life in Canada.

The Museum of Lennox and Addington thanks the Museum Assistance Program – Exhibition Circulation Fund for the partial funding of this exhibit.

In order to accommodate school bookings for the duration of this exhibit, we have closed this exhibit  to the public for the mornings.

Public Exhibit Visitation: 

12:00pm – 5:00pm Monday-Friday

10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday

Plan my visit


Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
Macpherson House: Open for tours in the summer


Adults: $3
Children Under 12: Free


Adults: $25*
Students/Seniors: $20*
*Does not include MacPherson House or special event programming.

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Museum hours

Monday – Saturday: 10am–5pm

Macpherson House & Park hours

Closed for the season – stay tuned for 2023 updates

Archives Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12pm*, 1pm –4pm

*closed from 12pm –  1pm 

Museum and Archives daily rate

Adults (ages 13+): $3
Children (ages 12 and under): free

Museum & Archives location

97 Thomas St E, Napanee, ON K7R 4B9

Macpherson House & Park location

180 Elizabeth Street, Napanee, ON K7R 1B5