Red Star Line Museum – Antwerp, Belgium

A story about millions of people and one dream…

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“The Red Star Line Museum invites you on an eventful journey in the footsteps of the emigrants. Become acquainted with the passengers and accompany them on their trip from their native village to Antwerp. The ocean steamers of the Red Star Line are docked on the quay ready to depart for the New World. Exciting and personal stories accompany you across the ocean. On the other side of the ocean you say goodbye to your fellow passengers.” – quote from the Museum site.

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– Examples of luggage –
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– One of the passengers –
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– Example of a shower and dressing room. Before embarking everybody needed to take long showers, clothes, luggage, everything was desinfected –
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– A view from the Museum to the river “Schelde” –
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Migration started a long time ago but it is also very actual now. The following pictures give you an impression of migration throughout the years. They were exposed in the museum on screens set up in one big circle. I took the pictures from the screens but the original pictures are not from me. I was allowed by them useum to take pictures.

Enjoy the little tour of happiness, sadness, goodbye, war, lonelyless and brave people…

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3 thoughts on “Red Star Line Museum – Antwerp, Belgium

  1. Nice you also dared to place it in the light of what is going on today. (Thanks for sharing those nice photographs. The two eyes – above the man with the rifle – I do find great.)

    • thanks for the nice comment. I do like that pic as well. The museum is small but it was so interesting. I went there thinking to see stories about the past but once you are there you realize this is also happening now and that’s what made it really worth visiting.

    • thanks for the nice comment. That’s also my favourite pic. And what made the visit of the museum worthwhile was you think you will see stories about the past, which you do. But inside the museum you realize that all this also still happens now.

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