Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium

 

The Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp

   

We visited the museum during a trip to Antwerp in November 2014. It is located in the harbour of Antwerp at the site where a 16th century storage house used to stand. The newly built museum opened in 2011, when several other museums had been moved there, among them the 'Nationaal Scheepvaartmuseum', the 'Etnografisch Museum' and the 'Volkskundemuseum'.

  

The themes of the permanent exhibition were the long history of Antwerp as international port, maritime trade, display of power - prestige and symbols, and life and death.

   

The museum is absolutely worth a visit. At the time of our visit they had two temporary exhibitions: about the suffering of Antwerp in World War I and "Rome, Mecca and Jerusalem in Antwerp - sacred places, sacred books, Judaism, Christianity and Islam" 

   

For more information see the website of Museum aan de Stroom.

   

The objects of the former Scheepvaartmuseum were on the 6th floor. It was a large room with most pieces standing free, clearly visible, not behind glass. I show some pictures of a carrack model, a three-masted ship of the second half of the 15th century, and of the armed trader De Jonge Jacob of 1724.

  

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