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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. 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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  • Experience touched, that allows you to understand the history of all migrations. Antwerp has always been one of the most important ports in Europe. This museum is well worth a visit.
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  • A museum that you must have seen. A piece of Belgian, European history. Great stories of people who left for America, Canada and South America. Nice collection and exhibited very well. Nice view also appears at the top of the lookout tower of the museum (at the end of the tour in the museum). Visit and then by walk to the port House, a little further.
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  • My husband and I went to the Red Star Line Museum with much anticipation for a great experience and we were not let down. I am a teacher and my husband an immigrant from Ireland to the U.S. and a love...  more »
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  • Probably the most impressive museum I've ever visited so far. It has changed my view on the city of Antwerp and Belgium completely! A must-visit place in Antwerp for sure.
  • Great museum. I've been here several times and find always new things. The building is wonderful and leads you to different areas. A must-visit in Antwerp.
  • Very intersting museum documenting migration from Europe to North-America around the beginning of the 20th century. The location has been excellently renovated and houses a modern, interactive experience. Probably my favourote museum in Antwerp.
  • I liked this museum very much, it was an emotional journey of people searching for a better world and going through the exhibition you are able to walk in their shoes for a bit... Making parallels with the current migrant crisis from the Middle East is unavoidable... Highly recommendable!
  • Amazing spot to remember where we come from and where we can go. A must if you go to the city.

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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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