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Roger Roels was stuck in America

Roger Roels was a seaman. He happened to be in the United States when the war broke out and was unable to return to Belgium. When the United States entered the Great War in 1917, he enlisted with the US Navy. After the war he asked the love of his life, Anna, who he had not seen since the conflict started, to join him in the United States.

The oldest Belgian war veteran became an American

After the war many Belgians left for the United States. In 1920 there were about 7200 of them, a migration record for the Belgians.

International recognition for the Red Star Line Museum

European Museum of the Year 2015

Antwerp’s Red Star Line Museum has received one of the five Special Commendations from the European Museum of the Year 2015 in the Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Eugeen Van Mieghem

Eugeen Van Mieghem is an Antwerp realist artist. He grows up in his parents’ café, right across the entrance of the Red Star Line sheds in the Montevideostraat.

Our exhibitions

The Red Star Line Museum has a lot to offer. In addition to the permanent exhibition, we also host temporary exhibitions, in a stunning building, with an extensive collection.

About the museum

Two million passengers travelled from Antwerp to North America on board the Red Star Line ships. The museum focuses on their story, on that of the shipping company that transported them and on the city and port from which they embarked on this journey.

About the museum

Two million passengers travelled from Antwerp to North America onboard the Red Star Line ships. The museum focuses on their story, on that of the shipping company that transported them and on the city and port from where they embarked on this journey.

Monumental work by Johan Creten moved to a new location near the Red Star Line Museum

Pliny’s Sorrow is an impressive bronze sculpture by the Flemish artist Johan Creten, who lives in Paris. This sculpture is on permanent public display at the Rijnkaai.

Calendar

The Red Star Line Museum is everything but a traditional museum. Here's an overview of our activities.

Collecting stories

The Red Star Line Museum is a place where stories of people’s journeys - anytime, anywhere, past and present - come to life. At the museum’s core is a collection of hundreds of such highly personal accounts.

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