The Göta Canal Exhibition in Motala


The Göta Canal Exhibition, Motala, tells of the canal's exciting history, situated by the canal in the dock area in Motala. In one pavilion it is about the origins of the Canal and in the other pavilion, you can visit an exhibition about the construction of the canal.

The exhibition is housed in two pavilions by the Canal in the dock area between the Borenshults lock and Motala guest harbour on the Vättern.

The exhibition, THE PEOPLE AND THE TECHNOLOGY, in one pavilion is about the origins of the Canal. Why was the Göta Canal built? Find out about the people who made it possible to construct the Canal and the technology they used. These people include Baltzar von Platen, Thomas Telford and the brothers, John and Nils Ericsson.

And in the other pavilion, you can visit an exhibition about THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CANAL, with constructed 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 lock keeper's cottage looked like. Experience enhanced by smell and sound.

Contact information

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


Opening hours

Opening hours 2017

May: daily, 11-15.
1 June -31 Aug.: daily 10-17.
1-27 Sept.: daily 11-15.

Price information

Entry: Adults SEK 20, children under 15 years free.

Entry fee taken at Café Mallboden next to the exhibition.

Tel +46 (0) 141 21 09 23, +46 (0) 70 677 11 98.


Guided tour for groups: Book by Motala Tourist Information Centre, phone +46 (0)141-101205


Göta Canal Exhibition: Varvsgatan, Dockanområdet (Dock Area), Motala.