Het Eilandje – ‘The Little Island’ – is so-called for good reason: Antwerp’s oldest port area is surrounded by water. Today, port activity is more concentrated in the north, but the feeling of a port is still very much present. Savour the historical atmosphere of the old loading dock with its monumental warehouses, lanterns, hangars and cobblestones.
Red Star Line
Between 1873 and 1935, Antwerp was the gateway to a better life for more than two million people. Red Star Line brought them from Antwerp to New York. The museum brings you their story.
Visitors to Antwerp have been flocking to the hip Eilandje district to visit the MAS | Museum aan de Stroom. This is where the city and the port – the second largest port in Europe even – converge. The stunning architecture and the museum collection are perfect examples of this. As you make your way up the escalators to the next floor, you discover that the museum is actually much greater than the building. Gradually Luc Tuymans’s hidden artwork “Dead Skull” becomes visible. En route to the panoramic roof terrace, the city, the Scheldt and the port loom even larger, culminating in a stunning view at 60 metres above sea level.
Hungry? In for a hot drink? This neighbourhood is full of cosy and trendy spots where you can relax and plan the rest of your visit to Antwerp.