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“On two sides of the rainbow you'll find a treasure”

Red Star Line Museum
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1 Hour Antwerp Citytourbus
Ranked #9 of 169 things to do in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

When talking about migration to America, one will often refer to Ellis Island.
A museum, a landmark, respecting the tragedy and hope of millions. A treasure helping you to understand migration, even today.

Just imagine a rainbow ending in Ellis island,crossing the Atlantic ocean and starting in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. You will discover two treasures at the each side of that rainbow.

The Red star museum is the perfect match for Ellis Island. A destination which meant the beginning of an epic journey for more than 2 million people migrating to America. This museum is filled with touching personal testimonials of famous and unknown immigrants. The resaturation of the original location has been done by the same people working at Ellis Island. This increases even the value of both sites.

Take time 2,5 to 3-4 hours and listen, read and enjoy interactivity with the voyagers of the past and present.

Talk a walk to the tower and enjoy the view and the river and the harbor, just imagine your ready for a long journey acccross the ocean!

Thank Arnaud d
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

New museum, so still has the odd teething problem, focusing on the emigration from Antwerp to the USA aboard the Red Star Line. The museum works because it focuses largely on the people rather than the ships.

Moving stories of people trekking across Europe to face the stress and humiliation of passing through Antwerp. Having your clothes and possessions boiled to remove bugs and having to pass a medical possibly after years of walking to cross Europe was bad enough but then facing another medical on Ellis Island resulted in many heartbreaking stories as families were broken up.

The queuing system and the waste of a great building with an ordinary cafe are examples of where this place can get better but definitely worth a visit

Thank zonda
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

The museum itself is quite nice and interesting, but as it still very new there is room for improvement. For example, I was very surprised to see that most of the information accompanying the exhibits was in Dutch only: visitors speaking other languages were given a written translation at the entry, which is not very practical and makes them somehow second-rate visitors. I think that a museum with the ambition to attract visitors from all over the world should post the information at the exhibits in at least three languages (Dutch, English and French), all the more so since the museum is about an international subject par excellence: migration.

Ik hoop dat de beheerders van het museum deze opinie (die ik blijkbaar deel met andere bezoekers) ter harte zullen nemen en de nodige aanpassingen zullen doen.

1  Thank Alexander441
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Walked from the Grote market to Red Star only to be informed that you have to book in advance. No mention of this in the Visit Antwerp guide or in the Red Star leaflets/posters. Apparently they can only have 90 people every 30 minutes. Not surprising I guess given that the reception and restaurant take up 50% of the site. Don't bother climbing the tower as you will get a far better view from the top of the MAS. I think I probably saved myself some cash here as people coming out did not seem particularly happy and the staff on site ranged from down right rude to abjectly disinterested.

1  Thank plaistowboy
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

my main reason for visiting Antwerp for the first time was this attraction however maybe the MAS got to me me first. I found this a somewhat average place if not a little depressing and sad. Not in terms of the attraction but having seem the grim conditions/treatment and background of the passengers I was looking forward to happy stories of success. Nah frying pan and fire as ever for the working man (and woman). Harsh conditions, crap wages, lousy prospects and broken dreams mainly. Could do with livening up a bit somehow. Saved by the lovely genuinely happy staff in the cafe and a top notch coffee and cake! Worth a visit though and will watch keenly to see what others think.

Thank brianthelion
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