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Temporary exhibitions

The museum also holds temporary exhibitions in 'De Loods', which is the name of the old baggage shed of the Red Star Line shipping company.

Past Exhibitions

Photogallery Donors

23.09.2023 - 24.03.2024

Donors tend to fade into the background behind the objects they have given to the museum. But to celebrate our anniversary, we are bringing them out into the limelight. Photographer Koen Broos has turned his camera on 10 of them: one for each year of the museum’s existence.  

Homesickness. Between comfort and pride

Art exhibition you can help grow

Travel along with nine artists and find out about their homesickness. Their ongoing search for what really matters, for what makes coming home so emotional. Inspired? Leave your own mark, too.

Stories of refugees


70 years ago, 24 countries signed the Refugee Convention in Geneva. The new exhibition 'Stories of refugees' explores, beyond laws and political agreements, what it means to be on the run. From 1.04.2022 in the Shed.

Destination Sweetheart

25.09.2020 - 26.09.2021

An exhibition about courage, romance, love and resilience. And also about pain and struggling. About starting a new life abroad in order to be with the one you love. 

Fieldwork. Refugee experiences in Antwerp

7.11.2019 - 3.8.2020

Many newcomers in Antwerp have come to our country as refugees. In a time in which more is spoken about them, rather than with them, their stories are worth hearing.

In search of their roots

23.04.2019 - 6.10.2019

The presentation followed in the footsteps of the root seekers and moved through the emotions behind a family or migration history.

Higher Ground. A photo exhibition by Carl De Keyzer

31.10.2018 - 27.01.2019

From 31 October 2018 until 27 January 2019, the Red Star Line Museum hosted the exhibition 'Higher Ground' by the Belgian MAGNUM photographer Carl De Keyzer.

Safe Haven. Stories of Antwerp on a map

22.09.2018 - 21.10.2018

The Red Star Line Museum collected stories of people who moved to Antwerp and told their story about their first five years of living in Antwerp. Which places have a special meaning to them? Watch a documentary online.

A little bit Belgian. Six Argentinians about their roots

5.10.2017 - 15.04.2018

'A little bit Belgian' told a story about roots, recollections and Belgian migration to Argentina, based on the individual stories of six Argentinians.

Breeze 2017. When does a house becomes a home?

10.05.2017 - 17.09.2017

The Red Star Line Museum welcomed the Hungarian-Syrian artist Róza El-Hassan with her art installation Breeze 2017. She built a dome in the museum with which she reflects on the meaning of ‘migration, coming home and belonging'.

From a home to a house

7.07.2017 - 22.09.2017

A small summer exhibition with portraits about roots and identity

Cruise Away. See the world with the Red Star Line

14.10.2016 - 17.04.2017

The Red Star Line Museum brought the cruise era back to life with an exhibition, a book and a concert by the Flat Earth Society. The emphasis was on the stories of the passengers and crews of the Red Star Line's cruise ships.

Ali's Boat

28.04.2016 - 28.08.2016

"Ali's Boat" is the work of Iraqi-Dutch artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji. It is the artist's personal and contemporary interpretation of the museum's central theme: the dream of millions of people to build a new life elsewhere.

I, gypsy. The voyages of Jan Yoors.

25.09.2015 - 10.04.2016

A photo exhibition with a selection of photos and films of the versatile Antwerp-New York artist Jan Yoors. Koen Broos selected photos of Yoor’s travels with the Roma gypsies in the 1930s, of ethnic communities in New York in the 1950s and photos of his trips back to Belgium to (re)visit the gypsies.

Far from the War?

26.09.2014 - 5.04.2015

When the German army occupied Belgium in 1914, it suddenly became almost impossible for the Belgian immigrants in the United States to contact family members. How did the war affect their lives?

Home Sweet Home

28.05.2014 - 14.09.2014

An exhibition on travel and coming home commemorates 50 years of migration from Morocco and Turkey to Belgium. Bülent Öztürk and Mashid Mohadjerin, two Antwerp artists, worked on this theme.


19.03.2014 - 11.05.2014

The Red Star Line Museum exhibited the monumental works of the Venezuelan-Hungarian artist Gaiska. Gaiska is a painter who lives and works in Antwerp. This exhibition containted a series of paintings that were inspired by the historic pictorial material of the Red Star Line.

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