Death is a mysterious, intriguing phenomenon that plays a prominent role in every culture. Some people fear it, while others seek it out. Some see it as a new beginning. How do you feel about death? And which mythical accounts of it do you still have to discover? Unravel some of life’s big questions.

Religions of the Book

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are religions of the Book. In the Torah, Bible and Koran, God reveals himself to man.

God's guidelines determine what is a good or right life, and death and burial rituals ensure the proper transition to eternal life after death. At the end of time, the resurrection of all the dead takes place. God then judges their acts of life.

How did believers bring and bring all this into focus? Central to the display is Jerusalem, a holy city for the three religions: because of its sacred events and the buildings that recall them.

Gods and humans have their say

Enter the underworld with its grisly gods, listen to the various myths that have attempted to explain death and interpret the different philosophical ideas about life and death. Scientists and philosophers, gods and humans all consider our great questions about life and try to explain the numerous myths.

Personal testimonies

Belief in the afterlife is a very personal matter, so in among the grand narratives we also hear from some ordinary Antwerp folk. They talk about their personal beliefs. Discover the differences and similarities in their views on life and death.

A walk in the dark

A visit to the exhibition Gods and Humans starts with a journey through the darkness. Let yourself be guided by strange sounds that represent the sound of the Big Bang.

Visitor guide

Take a look at the visitor guide:

Guided tours
Guided tour
Don’t be afraid of death: find out how others see the beginning and end of life... Allow an enthralling storyteller to take you to the afterlife.
Guided tour
Contemplate life and death with your pupils.
About the exhibition
Take a look at our museum hall on the 7th floor: the exhibition 'Life & Death'
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