Migration museums offer a new and different perspective on a country’s population and history.
“The National Museum of the History of Immigration” in Paris has a permanent gallery that covers the last two centuries of immigration in France. Interactive exhibits feature video interviews and audio recordings. The museum also hosts concerts,performances, workshops and free movies.
Northern Ireland’s Ulster American Folk Park is an open-air living history museum. There are hands-on-activities including feeding animals and quilt sewing. You can also go on-board a reconstructed version of a 19th century sailing ship similar to the boats that crossed the Atlantic to America.
At the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island you can access ship records for passengers who entered from the Port of New York or Ellis Island between 1892 to 1924.
Doubt there’s a migration museum where you’re going? Over 25 countries have them. There’s museums in Australia, England, the Netherlands, Canada, and Brazil, just to name a few. For a complete list visit the Unesco website.
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