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About the port, people and cargo

'Freight' takes you into the colourful history of shipping and world trade. 

Where are the earliest roots of the port city of Antwerp? What cargoes have been going in and out of the city for centuries, and what do the container ships that call at the docks today, carry?

Who set sail in Antwerp, and with whom did these travellers meet on their overseas voyages? How did those encounters really work out? Was it equal trade or exploitation? Seafaring brought wealth to Antwerp, but what traces did it leave elsewhere?

Antwerp is still one of the biggest European ports. Are the port and its trade ready for the future? 

'Freight' is the story of a port in the long history of globalisation. From the Vikings to today. A story about glorious periods and extraordinary encounters, but also about the downsides of economic growth.

Practical information

  • On view on the sixth floor of the MAS.

Would you like to visit the exhibition?

Book a ticket 'MAS'

Guided tours:


Discover the story of Antwerp, its port and its intense freight traffic. Together with a guide, you will depart in late antiquity and travel on into the present day.

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Plan your visit

Are you planning a visit to the MAS? Then go through some practical information first. Ticket prices? Opening hours? How to get there? Accessibility? Food and beverages? You'll find it here!

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