The Göta Canal Exhibition in Motala


The Göta Canal Exhibition in Motala, tells of the exciting history of the Göta Canal and is situated by the canal in the dock area in Motala. 

The exhibition, From idea to reality, is housed in one of the two pavilions by the canal in the dock area between the Borenshult locks and Motala marina by lake Vättern.

In the exhibition you will learn about how Baltzar von Platen took a 300 year old idea about a waterway across Sweden, and turned it into reality. You will also get to know the persons who made it possible, and the technology they used. These people include Baltzar von Platen, Thomas Telford and the brothers, John and Nils Ericsson.

Entrace fee is included in the canal ticket for pleasure boats, why it is possible to enter the pavillions with the Servicecard. For other visitors tickets for the exhibitions are bought by Café Mallboden next door. 

Contact information

Varvsgatan, Dockanområdet
591 60 Motala
Phone: +46-141202050


Opening hours

Open every day for holders of the Göta Canal Service Card.
For other guests, please refer to for current opening hours.

Price information

Entry fee 2022:
Adults SEK 20, children under 15 years free.
Free entry for holders of the Göta Canal Servicecard. 

Entry fee taken at Café Mallboden next to the exhibition.
Phone: +46 (0)141 210923



The exhibitions are not avaliable for wheelchairs.