A Port Center that belongs to Montrealers

The History of Ships exhibition, which has welcomed more than 21,000 visitors free of charge since it opened July 19 on the second floor of the new Cruise Terminal, tangibly expresses our commitment to get closer to our community and to make our activities known to the largest number of citizens possible.

History of Ships tells the Port of Montreal’s rich history and its pivotal role in the socio-economic development of the city, Quebec and Canada. It also marks the opening of the first port center in Quebec.

As it stands this year, this exhibition is just the start; our sights are set on bigger! We’re dreaming of a more elaborate, lively, dynamic Port Center that will be interactive and get visitors involved. And you can count on us to bring this dream to life!

The Port Center is also the result of a commitment that the Port of Montreal made on June 26, 2014 by ratifying the Missions Charter of a Port Center, and by doing so, joining the Ports of Antwerp, Le Havre, Ashdod, Livorno and Genoa. This Charter falls under the auspices of the Worldwide Network of Port Cities (AIVP), whose mission is to improve cohabitation between ports and cities.  

The objective of a Port Center is to explain the port, promote port trades, let visitors experience the port from the inside, animate it in partnership with local heritage and cultural stakeholders, and adapt it to the public.In short, we want Montrealers to make their port their own, to be proud of it and to see themselves as residents of a port city, and we are no sparing any efforts to make this happen.

Come visit the History of Ships exhibition! Welcome home!

The History of Ships exhibition at the new Cruise Terminal has been so popular throughout the summer that the Port of Montreal has decided to extend its opening. 

New schedule: Saturday, Sunday and holidays, from 12 to 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the exhibition, we invite you to visit the Port of Montreal’s website here.

Sylvie Vachon
President and CEO
Port of Montreal