The Red Star Line Museum does not have a typical museum collection. Do not expect endless rows of glass cabinets full of 19th-century trinkets or ship’s parts. No, the Red Star Line Museum has a very unusual collection. Above all, it collects and archives stories. Audiovisual testimonies and written documents. The museum is still looking for stories from the period between 1873 and 1935.
Of course, you will also find art in its more traditional form. For example, the Red Star Line and Antwerp, as a migration hub, inspired artists like Eugeen Van Mieghem and Louis van Engelen.
What makes this museum even more special is the fact that it adopts a very modern approach in the original Red Star Line buildings. The port warehouses that were used for passengers’ administrative and medical checks are the very highlight of the collection.
The Red Star Line Museum is not just a museum. The observation tower that rises above the warehouses, in the shape of a ship's smokestack, affords an amazing panoramic view. And you can visit The Shed, a cozy café and nice museum shop, up to an hour after the museum closes.
Be touched by the testimonies of people who have boarded the Red Star Line - for pleasure, for business or in the hope to find a better life - and enjoy a unique view of the Scheldt and the centre of Antwerp. And sit down and talk about it afterwards in The Shed.
After a visit to the Red Star Line Museum, it is definitely worth walking through the trendy Eilandje and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants located nearby. From Eilandje, you can also see the Port House, famously designed by the world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid Architects.
Special opening days
Special closing days
Price per person: 8
> 65: 6.
26 - 65: 8.
12 - 25: 6.
< 12: 0.
City Card: true.
Minimum people per group.
Maximum people per group.
Price per person: €6
Price per group: €
Group visits cannot be planned and tickets cannot be reserved in advance for the last Wednesday of the month (free entry).
The history of the book printing industry comes to life in the house and studio of the Plantin-Moretus printing family.
Eugeen Van Mieghem (1875-1930) was a draughtsman and depicted people in the port; using various techniques he captured their lives and characters. On display in the museum are 150 of his works, as well as works by other by Antwerp artists. Visitors will gain an excellent insight into the world of this very introverted artist, whose work is once again in the spotlight in Belgium and abroad.
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Antwerp is a pocket-sized city. Many of the attractions are within walking or biking distance of each other. Another way of getting around the city is on the trams and buses of De Lijn. Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.