History of Ships Exhibition: The Port of Montreal over time!

The Port of Montreal is a real treasure trove for our city. Port and shipping activities have contributed to Montreal’s development and growth throughout history, and are still synonymous with economic vitality.

The Port is a founding component of the City of Montreal and has greatly contributed to its socio-economic development. It was a key player in the settlement and industrialization of Canada. Today, the Port continues to be a vital hub for cargo logistics and tourism.

To celebrate the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, the Port offers you the opportunity to sail back in time to relive the milestones in Montreal’s rich port history.

History of Ships opened on July 19, 2017 and admission is free!

 

Access to the venue and hours of operations

Address: 200 de la Commune West, 2nd Floor

Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

During the Holiday Season, the exhibition will be open every day from 12pm to 5pm, Friday December 22, 2018 to Sunday January 1, 2018 at the exeption of December 24, 25, 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018, as it will be closed.

During the March Break, the exhibition will be open every day from 12pm to 5pm, Saturday March 3rd to Sunday March 11, 2018.

The exhibition will be open from 12pm to 5pm on the following Statutory Holidays :

Monday October 9, 2017
Monday November 13, 2017
Friday March 30, 2018
Monday April 2, 2018
Monday May 21, 2018

 

 

About the History of Ships Exhibition

The Port of Montreal invites you to sail into its history, back when there was one cargo boat, two tugs, then a thousand merchant ships and cruise liners; grain, silos, containers, cranes and longshore workers; voyages and voyagers … and it’s still all that today!

The exhibition features six models of ships representing the types of vessels that called into the port over time up to the present.   

There is also a large mural full of textual, visual and video information illustrating the fascinating history of transportation of goods, arranged by theme:

  • Overview of the Port then and now with a focus from 1900 to the present day
  • Overall development of the Port in terms of moving goods and its infrastructure, presented thematically: the shoreline, the dock, the pier and the current port.
  • The modern era: Alexandra Pier, the hangars, land routes, silos and grain elevators, etc.
  • The diversity of goods and the heyday of wheat.
  • Modern facilities of the 21st century.
  • Port occupations at the water’s edge. 

You will also enjoy a second mural on passenger transportation, with these themes:

  • Arrival and departure areas through time.
  • Passenger terminals for Expo 67.
  • The new cruise terminal: explanation and illustration of the current project.

Exhibition design and staging developed by the architectural firm Lupien Matteau. Construction/production by the custom woodworking company Atelier LaBoutique.

 

Don’t miss this free event, and come learn more about your Port!