Göta Canal museums

The Göta Canal Exhibition, Motala, tells of the canal’s exciting history. The Sjötorp canal museum focuses on canal traffic.

Exhibition about the Göta Canal in Motala
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.
Göta kanal museum
Opening hours 2015


May: daily, 11.00-16.00.
1 June -15 Aug.: daily 9.00-18.00
1-27 Sept.: Contact Café Mallboden for opening hours.

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 tours if pre-booked at Motala Tourist Office.

Booking for groups:
Motala Tourist Information Centre, phone +46 (0)141-101 205.

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

The Canal Museum in Sjötorp
In the old harbour warehouse in Sjötorp, there is an exhibition about the history of the Göta Canal that focuses on Sjötorp shipyard and boat traffic on the Canal, Lake Vättern and Lake Vänern.

Opening hours 2016

May-Sept. Daily open.

Entry: Adults SEK 40, children 6-12 years SEK 10.
Groups (min. 20 persons) SEK 25. Groups, please book in advance
on tel. +46 (0)501-515 40.

Entry fee taken at Café Baltzar (in the same building), +46 (0)501-515 40.