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“Just amazing!”

Red Star Line Museum
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1 Hour Antwerp Citytourbus
Ranked #9 of 169 things to do in Antwerp
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is what happened prior to arriving at Ellis Island. Tough stories. Well told. Many videos. Much English. On two levels. Lockers, restrooms, cafe, shop. Very near MAS

2  Thank nycmom22
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Never realised that the Port of Antwerp played such an important role in the migration of people from all over Europe to the Americas. Museum was very informative, although at times I missed the 'thread' because I was unable to follow a logical route, so felt I jumped about a little.

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Reviewed April 26, 2014

A really interesting history of emigration, including the details of the process. Some very moving individual stories are highlighted. It's also interesting to see what the ships themselves were like. You can look up individual names of family members if you're so inclined, although we didn't. It's a very emotional experience to be there. You really feel the fear and the hopefulness of what people must have been thinking. I was very moved.

Thank GeorgicaPond
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

This museum, quite interactive and with modern displays, audio and videos, brings you the history of the Red Star Line. Big ocean liners bringing, mainly poor, people to the lands of a thousand opportunities: the U.S.A. and Canada. Very good and well stocked souvenir shop. The Red Star Line museum is built on an island: "het Eilandje". Take the opportunity to have a walk around in the surrounding streets, where docking and dockworkers history was made. Or better still: go to the museum during the morning, have lunch in one of the many good restaurants on het Eilandje, and take the 2 1/2 hour harbour-trip with a Flandria passengervessel between 14 and 17 hours...

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Maybe it's because it covers the sort of thing I'm interested in, but I found this museum superb and the thing I enjoyed most whilst staying in Antwerp.

It's a little way out of town but easily reached by bus + walk or via the hop on/hop off tourist bus. It's also about 5 minutes' walk from MAS. It's in a fairly bleak area but there is a lot of building going on and I imagine this could be the up & coming part of Antwerp. There is an entrance charge (free with Citycard). I was there alone but I noticed that children were given a suitcase full of items which, I gather, tell a story to help make it accessible for them.

The museum is in the old Red Star Line buildings ... parts of the exhibition (eg the showering/sanitising part) are in the exact part where it happened. It's the story of the Red Star shipping line and, mostly, about the people who left Antwerp for a better life in the US & Canada. Antwerp was the funnel for people from all over Europe as far as Russia and there are films and stories of their journeys.

In some ways they were treated as animals, herded here and there, having themselves & their possessions disinfected, intrusive medical examinations and heartbreaking decisions to be made. An elderly Jewish man spoke of when, as a teenager, his family (parents, 3 brothers & 1 sister) arrived at Ellis Island in New York. His 14 year old sister was rejected at the medical for an eye problem and they had to decide whether to go back to an increasingly dangerous Europe or to stay while she was returned to Antwerp alone. They decided on the latter ... they were finally reunited but not until 4 or 5 years later. As with all the personal testimonies, there were photos, documents and other fascinating contemporary items.

There are some English translations and the screens where people give their memories have an English subtitle option. There is also a handbook in English which explains most other things. You can go up in a lift (or walk up shallow steps) to the top of the tower from where there's a good view of the city.

I'm wondering if the people who rated it low fell foul of teething problems when it first opened as, to me, it was everything a modern multi-media museum should be. I do have to agree with some, however, that the cafe area seems far too large for the small selection of items to eat/drink.

I didn't book a ticket in advance as I was there midweek at lunch time in early April. Despite that, it was still quite full. I think this could be partly because they underestimated the time people would spend there. I thought I'd be there about an hour whereas, in fact, I was there for over three. I would highly recommend visiting and, to prevent disappointment, book in advance.

3  Thank GillB
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