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The Antarctic today

Antarctica remains a very special place, but one where climate change is very much felt. In the footsteps of the polar pioneers of the Belgica, scientists are still conducting pioneering scientific research there today. Breathtaking video images of the Antarctic quickly make it clear: this is the topical part of the exhibition.

Find out what important role Antarctica plays in current climate change. Learn about the many natural phenomena in the fields of biology, space, rocks, ice, atmosphere and ocean, which are currently being studied there. Unique images show how scientists find answers to their questions there.

Get introduced to the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station itself, the first and only zero-emission polar research station in the world. It opened its doors in 2009 and has since welcomed scientists from all over the world every year. Important fact: the station runs on renewable wind and solar energy and is committed to recycling and reusing wastewater. In this way, the station greatly reduces the ecological footprint of scientific research. And it does so in one of the most challenging environments in the world.

International Polar Foundation

For the topical part of the exhibition, the MAS worked closely with the International Polar Foundation (IPF), the foundation behind Belgium's Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station.

IPF was founded in 2002 by Alain Hubert, climate scientist André Berger and the late glaciologist Hugo Decleir. The foundation supports international polar science research and shares important findings with the public and policymakers. The Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station remains a pioneering initiative in the fight against climate and environmental challenges, welcoming scientists from all over the world every year.

About the exhibition

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.

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