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Red Star Line Museum, Antwerp

(4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Red Star Line Museum into our Antwerp travel itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Antwerp.
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  • It located near the Rijnkaai where docked ships for emigrants (covering the waiting places / parking today is still in some places) red star line Museum in the former buildings of the shipping company. Striking is the observation tower in the form of a ship chimney from which there is a good panoramic view. Interesting and varied is traced to the emigration - along different themes - history, personal items and the biographies with pictures can feel the fates. Not only in the first room, where the history of today's migrants on individual examples will be represented, but in the whole show deep concern comes auf...auch and because of the topicality. For German-speaking visitors, there are information sheets with many texts of the exhibits.
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  • Interesting and very well constructed experience if you're in Antwerp. A bit drawn out but still there are some great stories from history and the museum does a good job in personalising the history o...  more »
  • Here you can see how Belgian families emigrated to Canada and United States of America with the ships of redstar.
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  • A view on immigration/emigration from another era. Helped me understand the magnitude of the logistics involved a lot better. If you want to understand modern times immigration "problems" better, reserve an afternoon here.
  • Nice museum on the theme of the big move from Europe to America. A lot of visuals and stories to allow to understand why people wanted to give everything up to move to America and in what circumstances it happened. Get here on time,. Even it it doesn't look a big museum, you'll need your time to get through it. NICE TO KNOW: such as any Antwerp museum, it has free entrance on the last Wednesday of the month.
  • Fabulous. It becomes clear very quickly that we are ALL migrants in some way. Even moving to a new town or even suburb. Moving, fascinating and thought-provoking. Last Wednesday of the month is free entry so even better!
  • Red Star Line, passenger transport to America in the begin 1900. A museum that gives you the feeling of the journey from begin to end. Is a incredible sensation for American citizens who are the little and little-little children of the passengers of this boats.
  • Well substantiated museum about the migration process that floods like a backbone in history. It's revealing - in a way - that we all are looking for a better world.