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What's on display?

The MAS is more than a museum. It is an impressive repository in the middle of the Eilandje, a thriving neighbourhood. Its Boulevard with 6-metre-high glass panels will take you 60 metres higher. You'll encounter a new tale about Antwerp, the river and the port on every storey. The collection boasts over 500,000 museum pieces. Permanent and temporary exhibitions offer a refreshing look at the city and centuries of contact with the world. At the top, on the tenth floor, you'll enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the city, the port and the river.

On display now:

Everything of worth

What can be heritage? What has value and what does not? A photo exhibition explores these questions. It shows the people behind the city's heritage. An exhibition with online  stories, starting 10 September 2021 in the boulevard.


Guy Rombouts and Benjamin Verdonck rearrange Jaap Kruithof

The Belgian philosopher Jaap Kruithof (1929-2009) collected 10,000 items, things that other people usually discard. Half of the Kruithof collection - which was donated to the MAS - is being given a new life thanks to the visual work of artists Guy Rombouts and Benjamin Verdonck. In the MAS, they create a new installation with the objects.

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Stories found in the city

In 2021, the MAS is celebrating its 10th anniversary. We celebrate this with a colourful, special exhibition. We present exciting and moving stories about greedy giants, turbulent loves, demons and heroes. Stories from Antwerp and stories from afar.


Colourful rituals

Celebration! invites you to celebrate the moments of transition in life with all your senses. The exhibition brings a unique mix of festive objects from various museum collections, in an original arrangement with an exceptional soundtrack.

Antwerp à la carte

About cities and food

The exhibition reveals the intimate relationship between the city and food, from the sixteenth century to the distant future. Follow the trail of food in the city and find out how what we eat has left its mark on the map of Antwerp.


A photo exhibition by Heleen Peeters

Photographer Heleen Peeters immersed herself in the worldwide culture of the horse and horsemeat. A selection of her images can be seen in 'Antwerp à la carte'. Because the story of horse meat is also about food and the city.


About the port, people and cargo

In the new permanent exhibition 'Freight' you stop at various 'docks', each of which reveals a different part of the city's connection with world trade. A journey through the history of the port city. On view on the 6th floor.

Life & Death

Gods and mankind

Don’t be afraid of death: find out how others experience and approach the end of life. Across the boundaries of time, culture and religion.

Art from Pre-Columbian America

Collection Paul & Dora Janssen-Arts

A world famous collection that tells us about the extraordinary relationship between man and the world of gods, ancestors and spirits in America before the conquest by the Europeans.

Coming soon:

A glimpse of the collection

Open 1 July 2022

'A glimpse of the collection' presents a selection of new acquisitions. By telling the story of the people behind the objects, the new exhibition uncovers the biography of the heritage. Free to visit at the Visible Storage.

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