From 1873 to 1934, some 2 million passengers sailed from Antwerp to the U.S. and Canada aboard the Red Star Line. Many were Russian and Eastern European Jews escaping the rise of Nazism in Europe. Housed in a stunningly renovated building that was once the defunct shipping company’s headquarters, a 10-minute walk from MAS, the museum traces the stories of these intrepid souls through photographs, letters, journals, and personal possessions—all enlivened via audiovisual displays. Two of the Red Star Line’s most famous emigres were photographer Edward Steichen and Irving Berlin, née Israel Isidore Baline, whose family donated one of his pianos to the museum. Don’t miss a trip up to the sail-like observation tower, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding port and in the distance, the city’s newest architectural icon, Zaha Hadid’s glittering Port House.    
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