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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  • With photo's, pictures, films, documents and personal luggages the museum gives a very nice and interesting overview of the emigration from Europe to America in the first half of the 20th century, bef...  more »
  • I had already read about this newest museum in Antwerp but it surpassed my expectations. Learned a lot about a piece of history that I don't really know. The trouble!!!
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  • Take time in this place steeped in history to understand the State of mind of emigrants. The Museum is well done, a lot of documents and video in french. Beautiful testimony. A Museum is perfect for adults or large kids.
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  • A museum with very interesting stories. In term of the size, it's not too big. 2-3 hours is enough for museum enthusiasts and less if you are only interesting in screening the museum. The only thing that I feel slightly unsatisfied is the fact that there is still plenty of room for improvement. At the moment I just feel the nice collection and stories they have. They still can improve the concept of the museum to make it more interactive or connect it to the most recent immigration issue, that would be great. But overall, I like the museum.
  • With due respect to other great museums in Antwerp, this one is without any doubt my favourite. The story itself is attractive enough, but with exceptional arrangment of various items on display this museum brings history back to life. I particularly have enjoyed the letters by passengers (translated into English of course) and the short documentary.
  • In one word: impressive. This museum sets the standard. Highly recommended to all with even a passing interest in history.
  • Beautifully curated, and I like the space. Lots of information but didn't feel like an overload. The icing for me was Dance by visual artist Hans Op De Beeck. On the whole, quite an evocative experience.
  • Great interaction between the museum and visitors, which distincts itself from other musea.

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Many visitors to Antwerp choose to stay in the Oude Stad neighborhood, which offers accommodations with character. The city features a wide range of lodging options including budget hostels, bed and breakfasts, private apartments, and luxury hotels. To score discounts on weekends, check out hotel chains on the city's outskirts, which cater to business travelers during the week. The area around Antwerp's central station offers the most choices. When in doubt, check in with the city's tourism bureau, which maintains a list of the best lodging prices and can make reservations for you.
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