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


A new take on the permanent exhibition History of Ships  is in the works.

The exhibition will be relaunched in December with even more interactive, informative and exciting content!


Access to the venue:


200 de la Commune Street West, 2nd Floor




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!