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“Treasures for insiders”

Eugeen van Mieghem Museum
Ranked #74 of 154 things to do in Antwerp
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“Treasures for insiders”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tucked away in a little house on the banks of the Schelde, this museum is easy to miss. Popular coffee-table art books and art calenders are not the place to find Mieghem's work but his pictures are well worth studying. They are moving, sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, portraits of ordinary people at the port of Antwerp around the start of the 20th century, among them many poor European emigrants hoping for a better life by ssiling to America. Unfortunately the upstairs part of the collection can only be visited by groups, so I didn't see it. Nonetheless, I recommend this fine little museum to anyone interested in art or in the history of Antwerp. Mieghem's masterly pictures stay in your mind longer than those of many more famous artists.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Don't Miss This Fantastic Museum and hear the incredible story”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Located across from the Steen Castle, you enter an exquisite house, which happens to exhibit the Van Mieghem Museum. Erwin Joos has the most fantastic story about immigration from Antwerp to NY City via the Red Star Line. This story is told by him, a movie, and by the famous artist himself, Eugeen Van Mieghem. Anyone will love this story, Jewish families will especially love this museum and learn about Jewish immigrants who left from Antwerp docks.

Visited September 2012
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