The Red Star Line sheds were the stepping stone to a new life in the United States and Canada. Dreams were made or broken here: who is allowed to leave, who must stay.
De Loods (The Shed) was the name of the old baggage shed. It is now the entrance to the Red Star Line Museum. You can enter De Loods for free. It houses a museum shop and it contains a temporary exhibition.
The Red Star Line Museum invites you on an exciting voyage. Discover the story of the shipping company, the city of Antwerp and its harbour. Above all, discover the emigrants’ stories. Perhaps it is your story too. You may recognise yourself in a person; you might recognise a place, a voyage, an arrival or departure, maybe even a new beginning. Welcome aboard!
On Saturday 6 April 2013 the artist and filmmaker Hans Op de Beeck made “Dance”, a contemporary film about migration for the Red Star Line Museum. It was a cold spring day but the commitment and the enthusiasm of the 770 extras was heart-warming.
In total more than 2 million passengers travelled with the Red Star Line. Impossible to get to know them all? With your help we will complete the story of the Red Star Line.