The museum

Antwerp is a city on a river with a port, that has provided encounters and exchanges for centuries. The MAS collects traces of those exchanges and tells new stories with them. Stories about the city, the river and the port. Stories about the world in all its diversity. Stories about Antwerp’s alliance with the world. Become acquainted with Antwerp in the world and with the world in Antwerp.

 

The building

The MAS radiates water. You notice that as soon as you approach the museum; rippling glass, reflections in the water, and on the roof you can see how the Scheldt River connects Antwerp to the world. It is also a huge, contemporary storehouse inspired by the 19th-century depots that are typical of this neighbourhood. The Boulevard leads you past all the galleries. Along the way you’ll discover the giant mosaic by Luc Tuymans on the museum square. A breathtaking panorama of Antwerp awaits you at the top.

 

Many encounters

The city and the world meet in the MAS. As a city on a river, Antwerp has attracted people from all over the world for centuries. Throughout the centuries, people met exchanging ideas and goods. Traces of these encounters are collected in the MAS. The MAS guarantees surprising encounters between people, objects and stories. It is a magnet for visitors from all over the world.