The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) is a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. It opened in May 2011 and is the largest museum in Antwerp.
The ticket price for the Museum Aan De Stroom is 10 euros for adults, 8 euros for seniors and students, and free for children under 12 years old. You can also buy a combined ticket with the Red Star Line Museum for 15 euros. The tickets are valid for one year and give you access to all the permanent and temporary exhibitions.
The Museum Aan De Stroom is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, it is open until 6 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and some public holidays. You can check the opening hours on the official website of the MAS.
To get to the Museum Aan De Stroom, you can take public transport, bike, car or walk. The nearest tram stop is MAS (line 7) and the nearest bus stop is Hanzestedenplaats (lines 17 and 291). There are also bike stations nearby where you can rent a bike. If you come by car, you can park at the underground parking lot of the Godefriduskaai or at the parking lot of the Rijnkaai. You can also walk from the city center or the Central Station, which takes about 20 minutes.
At the Museum Aan De Stroom, you can see various collections and exhibitions that showcase Antwerp’s connection to the world. The museum houses 470,000 objects, most of which are kept in storage. The first visitor’s gallery is the «visible store», which contains 180,000 items. The main themes of the museum are Metropolis, Power, Life and Death, and Antwerp’s long history as an important international port city. You can also enjoy a panoramic view of Antwerp from the rooftop of the museum, which is free and open until sunset.
Some tips for visiting the Museum Aan De Stroom are:
- Book your tickets online in advance to avoid queues and get a discount.
- Download the MAS app on your smartphone to get more information about the collections and exhibitions.
- Scan the QR codes on many objects to access information in five languages: English, Dutch, French, German and Spanish.
- Visit the museum shop and café on the ground floor for souvenirs and refreshments.
- Explore the surrounding area of the Eilandje district, which has many attractions such as the Red Star Line Museum, the Port House and the marina.
The Museum Aan De Stroom also offers guided tours for groups and individuals. You can choose from different themes and languages according to your interests and preferences. The tours last about an hour and a half and cost 85 euros per group (maximum 15 people) plus the entrance fee. You can book a tour online or by phone at least three weeks in advance.
The Museum Aan De Stroom has some prohibitions that you should respect during your visit:
- Do not touch any objects or displays unless indicated otherwise.
- Do not take photos or videos with flash or tripod.
- Do not eat or drink inside the museum except in designated areas.
- Do not smoke or vape inside or outside the museum.
- Do not bring pets (except guide dogs) or large bags into the museum.
- Follow the instructions of the museum staff and respect other visitors.