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 is housed in two pavilions by the canal in the dock area between the Borenshult locks and Motala marina by lake Vättern.

The exhibition The people and the technology, in one of the pavilions tells the story about the origins of the canal and why it was built. Find out about the persons who made it possible to construct the Göta Canal and the technology they used. These people include Baltzar von Platen, Thomas Telford and the brothers, John and Nils Ericsson.

In the other pavilion, you can visit an exhibition about the construction of the canal, with scenes showing, for example, the canal diggers at work. Find out how the diggers lived when they were building the canal and what the interior of a lockkeeper's cottage looked like. 

Tickets for the exhibitions are bought by Café Mallboden next door. Entrace fee is also included in the canal ticket, why it is possible to enter the pavillions with the Servicecard. 



Contact information

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


Opening hours

Please visit for opening hours.

Price information

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


Guided tours
Guided tour for groups can be booked by Motala Tourist Service Phone: +46 (0)141 101205



The exhibitions are not avaliable for wheelchairs.