+2 Visible Storage

The city has preserved valuable objects and works of art for centuries, so the MAS collection now has almost 500,000 items – too many to show and see at any one time. The MAS therefore puts a selection on display in the museum. All the other objects are kept in various storage facilities. In the Kijkdepot area on the second floor of the MAS, we give you a look behind the scenes. You will find more than 180,000 collection pieces there on tall racks.

'From Vleeshuis to MAS' exhibition in the spotlight

This mini exhibition outlines the captivating history of the Vleeshuis collection and displays an exceptional selection that is normally kept behind closed doors. Over the years, the collection went through an irregular process of growth, rejection and reunion. From Vleeshuis to MAS tells a fascinating story that coincides with diverse social, economic and political events.

Mini exhibitions with a passion for collectors

In the final windows of the Kijkdepot area, the MAS displays ever-changing mini-exhibitions from the highly varied Antwerp collection. About folk songs from Antwerp, for example, or the ties between the Chinese community and the city of Antwerp. Or perhaps you’re more interested in the collection of Biscuits Parein? Or are you fascinated by art from the trenches of the First World War? It’s always worth plunging in once more and savouring all these rich and special collections.

A look behind the scenes

You can view loads of objects not on display through a glass wall. You will see racks, cabinets and walls, all crammed with items. Pull out the drawers one by one and discover the maritime treasures of the MAS. Or be surprised by rows of garden gnomes. And touch the materials wall in the last museum space, and find out how materials are affected by 20 million fingers.

Carefully preserved

All objects are kept in optimal conditions in the Kijkdepot area. The climate control system ensures a constant temperature and humidity. The objects are in acid-free boxes, special containers or special packaging. Museum staff record and inspect objects and take pieces on loan in and out.