Red Star Line museum, a contemporary migration museum: use migration stories to foster dialogue


Between 1873 and 1934 more than two million Europeans travelled with the Red Star Line company from Antwerp to America. They originated from all over Europe. In 2004 Antwerp city council decided to turn the former buildings of the Red Star Line shipping company into a commemorative site. The city bought three of the company’s former warehouses that had together served as a control station for third class passengers wishing to emigrate to the New World. A design team restored the ruined buildings to their condition between 1921 and 1934 and the Red Star Line Museum opened in September 2013. Until recently, it was the only migration museum on the European mainland housed in the original departure halls.

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