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Exodus. Fleeing the war in Antwerp

21.05.2014 - 21.03.2016

Discover the gripping story of one and a half million Belgians fleeing the war in an exhibition in the Boulevard of the MAS..

Fleeing. Leaving your house and home behind overnight. It is a traumatic event that completely changes your life in an instant. That is how it was after 4 August 1914 when the First World War began for Belgium.

Monumental black and white photos follow the refugees on their way: from their flight from home, the first emergency aid and life in exile until they returned to a shattered country in 1918. The story gets under your skin as you move upwards on the MAS escalators; the story culminates with their return home.

The exhibition ‘Exodus. Fleeing the war’ commemorates the Great War


Exhibition 'Exodus. Fleeing the war'
•    From 21 May 2014 to 31 December 2015
•    MAS Boulevard
•    Free entry
The exhibition’s accompanying texts were included in ‘Wegwijs in het MAS’. A free copy is available at the ticket counter.


•    Longer opening hours until 31 October 2014: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to midnight
•    From 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tours for individual visitors

•    MAS on Sunday offers a tour of the exhibitions Exodus and Small Wars on Sunday May 25, June 15, July 6 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Prices start at 3 euro per person.
•    The themed tour on Thursday evenings June 26 and July 31 at 7 p.m. focus on Exodus and Small Wars. Prices start at 5 euro per person. You can also visit the exhibition without a guide (1 euro per person).

Tours for groups

•    For groups - starting on 21 May 2014
•    For third cycle of secondary school - starting on 1 September 2014

Antwerp commemorates the First World War

Antwerp was the capital of Belgium for a short while in 1914. It was a last beacon of hope for a population that was fleeing and a country on a war footing. One hundred years later the Centre for Peace has planned a commemoration programme with more than 50 partners. A unique and human story of refugees, art and a pontoon bridge over the Scheldt River.

Antwerpen 14-18

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