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What's on display?

In the MAS, the Boulevard with 6-metre-high glass panels will guide you to the various museum halls. You'll encounter a new tale about Antwerp, the river and the port on every storey. The collection boasts over 600,000 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.

Coming soon

To the Antarctic

Belgica's polar pioneers
    Friday 21 June 2024 until Sunday 3 November 2024 from 10:00 to 17:00

From 21 June, come and meet the expedition members of the Belgica. Some 125 years ago, they set off from Antwerp to the last blind spot on the world map: Antarctica. The expedition got stuck in the polar ice and made history as a result. Learn how the men managed to survive, who followed in their footsteps, and what Antarctica is like today.

Free entrance

Everything of worth

FREE ENTRANCE | What can be heritage? What has value and what does not? A photo exhibition in the boulevard explores these questions. It shows the people behind the city's heritage. And the exhibition is complemented by online stories.

Eyecatchers

FREE ENTRANCE | In the exhibition 'Eyecatchers', 16 Antwerp residents give their own take on our collection and choose their personal masterpiece. Because a masterpiece is something different for everyone.

Permanent exhibitions

City at war

Antwerp, 1940 - 1945

Military violence and mass persecution of Jews and dissenters during World War II broke the city. Personal stories and objects make this period very tangible in this new permanent MAS exhibition.

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.

Freight

About the port, people and cargo

In '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.

Anybody home?

Looking for the sewer crocodile, listening to talking tableware, playing board games or drawing on the walls.... In the playful new family exhibition "Anybody home?" you will explore the MAS collection together with your (grand) children. You reflect on what a 'home' means. And one thing can already be revealed: it is different for everyone. 

Art from Pre-Columbian America

Collection Paul & Dora Janssen-Arts

A world-renowned collection of some 400 pre-Columbian objects from 50 different cultures. 

In the pipeline

A look at research

    Tuesday 28 May 2024 until Sunday 13 October 2024 from 10:00 to 17:00

The MAS preserves culturally and historically sensitive Congolese heritage that today numbers nearly 5,000 cultural objects. MAS staff, together with Congolese colleagues, are investigating the circumstances under which this collection disappeared from Congo.

COMPASSION

As of end-January 2025

A new exhibition will show how the idea of mercy is represented in art and culture: religious and non-religious objects, works of art, popular objects and decorative pieces, as well as music, stories and customs. Contemporary testimonies and critical voices show how topical the theme is and still remains. 

 

Past exhibitions

Wondering what you missed? Take a look at the overview of all exhibitions that have already been held in the MAS. 

Our collection

The MAS collection

Antwerp, a metropolis by the river. A collection of 600,000 objects gives you a refreshing view of the city and its contacts with other cultures.

Collection online

Do you want to be able to enjoy all the MAS’s objects from the past, from Antwerp and from the world at any time and in any place? Well, you can, because the MAS also has its entire collection online.

Also take a look at:

MASshop

Enjoy a whole new shopping experience and find many fun gadgets. Feel free to pop in before or after your museum visit.

Portopolis

At the foot of the MAS in Antwerp you will find Portopolis, a free interactive visitor centre. Here you can discover the port of Antwerp in the heart of the city. Put on a VR visor for a 360° tour and feel the port come to life! Walk across the large aeriel photograph and discover all special hotspots on offer in our port. 

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