Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp

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Sharing the story of immigrants and crew, Red Star Line Museum reveals that the Red Star passenger boats were more than just a line of pleasure ships. The museum documents the rise of the ocean liner and the Red Star company, beginning with its founder Clement Griscom. However, the focus is on the many people that left Antwerp's port headed for New York City. Before the museum opened its doors, a team of researchers tracked the families of almost two million passengers and collected their stories, all of which are showcased in the exhibits. On your visit you'll journey with the immigrants escaping the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, as well as get a taste of traveling in style with famous passengers like Albert Einstein. Only 90 people are allowed into the exhibits every 30 minutes, so there may be a wait on your arrival. Advanced reservations are recommended. Red Star Line Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Antwerp Edition.
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  • There's a museum which, outside the centre, deserves 100% a good walk (or take the car, inexpensive parking right next door). A real return in time of European emigrants from the beginning of the last century. Very interesting exhibition.
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  • This museum presents the history of migrants leaving Europe and heading for America. The whole process of leaving your home and heading off to the unknown is beautifully brought to life by many person...  more »
  • He knows people on average transatlantic migration end 19-early 20 centuries? I suspect that for most basic source of information on this topic-the Titanic movie with Dicaprio. But the transatlantic migration is an important episode of social history as Europe and America. For a variety of reasons over the decades, millions of people left the old world. Someone escaped from poverty, someone from discrimination, someone dreamed of adventures ... And for some of them it is a journey to a new life began here in Belgium, on the Rhine promenade in Antwerp, where the year 1871 was a place of steamers Belgian-American shipping company Red Star Line. A visit to this Museum will allow you to learn a lot of new and interesting about this historical phenomenon. For example, you'll see that the first episode of the film "Titanic" (remember, the hero of Dicaprio wins a ticket to the "Titanic" of cards in literally five minutes before departure?) historically, unreal-actually migrants before departure from Europe were strict medical examination and were in quarantine, which could take several weeks. The Museum details the entire process of migration, from buying a ticket in the migration agency, often located hundreds of kilometers from the port, before arriving in America and at the new location. The museum itself is located in the premises where the medical examination was conducted of migrants and disinfecting their clothing. Just think how many people passed through these rooms! For them it was farewell to Europe. Despite the fact that the content of the Museum is to be commended, the Museum, in my opinion, there is a lack of exhibits. For example, it would be very interesting to see the reconstruction of the Interior cabins of different classes.
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  • Worth the journey. If you've been to Ellis Island and/or the Tenement Museum in New York, I especially recommend visiting to see where so many Europeans started their journey to the United States.
  • Exceptional museum at all fronts: design, location, pricing. Especially the stories told by the people who went on the red star line are fascinating, and are interwoven in the different parts of the ship's journey, from the train ride to the boarding towards the final destination. The beginning gives an open and neutral view on migration throughout the ages. Only the ending of the museum felt a little bit odd, some parts about the current state of antwerp could easily have been part of the MAS nextdoors)... But overall an astonishing museum!
  • Very well done. Loved reading and listening to their stories. So good to search for my own relatives. I would definitely go back.
  • nice history- good thing is they give free wifi also
  • Outstanding experience- so much thought has been put in to this exploration of people's lives emigrating from across Europe. Beautiful imagery and some fascinating artefacts- a must see...
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