In its architectural brashness, the Museum aan de Stroom has become an icon of contemporary Antwerp. Designed by Dutch architects Neutelings and Riedijk, it looks like a pile of untidy red Lego bricks clamped loosely together with teeth of glass. What’s inside is as invigorating: MAS is a multi-floored homage to Antwerp, its people, and its culture today. Over five floors of interactive and entertaining artworks, photos, newspaper cuttings, video, newsreel, and nearly half a million other artifacts, the museum offers an insightful explanation of how much the city owes to its position on the River Schelde, to its immigrants, and to its diamond industry (p. ###). Temporary exhibitions are found in the small galleries on the walkway outside the main building. On the ninth floor are scintillating views over the city and the sprawling harbor (the museum is right in the heart of the once abandoned, and now vibrant, Willemdok harbor area, sitting on a dock commissioned by Napoleon). If you’re hungry: stay put! Onsite is Restaurant 'Zilte, one of the finest places in the city for a meal. Altogether this is a carefully conceived museum showcasing a thoroughly modern city and its multiracial occupants.
Museum aan de Stroom (MAS)
Our Rating Hours Apr–Oct Tues–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm. Nov–Mar Tues–Sun 10am–5pm. Closed Jan 1, May 1, Assumption Day, Nov 1, and Dec 25. Phone 03/338-4400 Prices 5€ adults, 3€ seniors and ages 12–25, free for children 11 and under; temporary exhibition prices vary. Free the last Wed of the month. Web site Museum aan de Stroom
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