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The museum

On the authentic site of the historic shipping company on Antwerp's Eilandje, the Red Star Line Museum tells a universal story of hope, dreams and the quest for happiness, based on personal stories of 20th-century emigrants. 

Starting from the historical story of European emigration via Antwerp to America, we, together with visitors, witnesses and partners, encourage reflection and dialogue about migration in the past, present and future.

The Red Star Line Museum cherishes and preserves history and does so on the basis of personal stories of migrants. We connect their life stories with current social issues through recognisable themes.

The Red Star Line Museum is a place of exchange: multivoiced and unifying, authentic and topical, locally anchored and with international appeal.

Our policy

What makes the Red Star Line Museum so special? The story, the location, the approach ... ? What is our collection and how do we deal with it?

Know-how and research

We expand our collection through research and participatory projects, but also through cooperation with partners in setting up temporary exhibitions.

Groepsfoto van team Red Star Line

Staff and employees

In the Red Star Line Museum, many employees work 100% every day to ensure that visitors have a safe and relaxing visit to the museum. Who are they?

rood bakstenen gebouw met opschrift Red Star Line, een auto en fietsers die voorbij rijden

Buildings and tower

The historic buildings of the shipping company were carefully restored. A new tower was added.

Red Star Line in Antwerp

The Red Star Line was active on 'het Eilandje' in Antwerp’s harbour for more than half a century. All that activity left traces in the city, especially on 'het Eilandje'.

Come aboard

Does the Red Star Line Museum hold a special place in your heart? Then come aboard: as a sponsor, as a donor or as a volunteer. Or share your story and expand our collection.

Our sponsors

For the founding of the museum, the city of Antwerp could count on the support of many sponsors and partners.

Our partners

Many dozens of partner institutions were involved in the realization of the Red Star Line Museum. The museum has a long-term collaboration with several of them.

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