The Museum aan de Stroom (fondly called MAS), a new Antwerp, Belgium museum, opened in 2011. The MAS museum is nestled neatly between Willem dock and Bonaparte dock in Antwerp, bridging the gap between the old world port, and the new city port. This is an ideal location to explore the history of Antwerp as a maritime center as well as enjoy all the sights, sounds, and flavors the region has to offer.
Made from towering red sandstone and glass, the visual impact both from the interior and from the exterior is impressive. Looking a great deal like huge gift boxes stacked atop each other (36 meters by 24 meters each), the styling of the MAS makes the visitor want to “open” each box and peer inside. The remarkableness of this architecture doesn’t stop on the inside, which has been designed to offer panoramic views of the nearby river and city from every level of the building.
Imagine if you will a building large enough to house gifts from benefactors and collectors – over 470,000 of them.
Far more than just an extraordinary museum, the MAS offers visitors far more than displays. There are meeting rooms, a glass construction that provides panoramic views all around the city and port, theStorm Café that provides healthy seasonal menus,the ‘t Zilte restaurant and hall – the highest restaurant in Antwerp and four museum extensions (pavilions) that include an international gift shop.
One of the most recent acquisitions of the MAS museum in Antwerp is a collection of Columbian items. Gathered by Paul and Dora Janssesn-Art, it includes everything from pieces of jade and gold to textiles. Like the other exhibits in the MAS, this collection has been carefully set out to give visitors the most sensory input. The staging combines with music and creates the feel of a distinct play or movie at each stop in your tour.
Tue - Fri: 09:30-22:00
(last entrance: 21:30)
Sat - Sun: 09:30-22:00
(last entrance: 21:30)
Tue- Fri : 10:00-17:00
Thu evenings: 17:00-21:00
(only one theme)
Sat - Sun: 10:00-17:00
(last tickets: 16:00)
Last tickets 1h before
closing time of the museum rooms
The names of each gallery reflect a creative flair. The life and death gallery tour begins in blackness, while the Power room blazes with bright red hues.
The museum’s permanent displays are on the fourth and 8th level, complete with post-tour learning centers.
For the lover of tall ships and the sea there’s also a World Port exhibit complete with a huge table filled with model ships from all over the world.
On the 2nd floor the Belgium museum's “visible store” (also sometimes called open storage) is there to greet you. This depot, has pull-out racks for 180,000 items. This particular exhibit celebrates Antwerp’s history and the early donors to the museum. The overall result is a display that truly tells a story and encourages onlookers to treasure the bits of history here, and those they may stumble over in the future.
Return from Museum aan de Stroom to Antwerp City for more actvities in Antwerp.