City of Antwerp and Flemish Government

With thanks to the City of Antwerp for the purchase of the buildings and financing of the operations of the Red Star Line Museum.

With thanks to the Flemish Community, Department for Heritage, for its support for the renovation.

With thanks to the Flemish Community, Toerisme Vlaanderen Department for its support for the international promotion of the Red Star Line Museum.



The Founder

The city of Antwerp signed an important sponsor agreement with CMB, the former Compagnie Maritime Belge (Belgian Maritime Company).

CMB is an international maritime group with headquarters in Antwerp. The company is contributing 2.5 million Euro towards the building work - or some 16% of the total  investment cost. In exchange the CMB name will be linked to the project for 15 years.

Today CMB's major activity is sea transportation of dry bulk goods. In the early years of  the former 'Compagnie Maritime Belge' passenger transport was important for company growth - as was the case for Red Star Line. On 6th of February 1895 the Léopoldville  was the first mail boat to leave Antwerp under the Belgian flag.

Logo CMB



We thank the following companies and individuals for the financial support they have provided to the Red Star Line Museum:




Private Donors

  • Ambassador & Mrs. Sam & Marilyn Fox
  • The Diller - von Furstenberg Family Foundation
  • The Fribourg Family Foundation



Dozens of partner institutions and private donors or lenders have contributed to the creation of this museum. The museum has a long-term cooperation with some of its partners.

Friends of the Red Star Line

In 2009 the museum signed an agreement with the Friends of the Red Star Line. This not-for-profit association manages a unique collection of about 5,000 objects which it has made permanently available to the museum.

Eugeen van Mieghem Museum

The museum already organised a joint exhibition with the Eugeen van Mieghem Museum in New York in 2006. It negotiated some private loans to the museum.

Familiekunde Vlaanderen

In 2013 the museum signed a cooperation agreement with Familiekunde Vlaanderen (Family Studies Flanders). The association has made available a database with data about 100,000 Belgian emigrants to America.

Important local loan partners include the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Prints Room), MAS, the House of Literature and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp. The Red Star Line Museum also thanks the following partners for making important collection pieces available to the museum and for their cooperation:

  • Leonard A. Lauder Collection
  • Mrs. Linda Emmet & the Berlin family


International partners

The museum can count on the support of international partners. Irving Berlin’s heirs helped the museum with an important permanent loan. The Ellis Island Museum and the Institute for Jewish Research YIVO granted the museum access to several dozens of interviews and the memoirs of immigrants, which in turn helped create the museum’s amazing collection of stories.

The museum is a member of two specialised international organisations:

Association of European Migration Institutions

AEMI (The association of European Migration Institutions) is an association of institutions and organisations in Europe that are interested in research and exhibitions related to migration.

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Together with the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Belgian Bois du Cazier and several other migration sites the Red Star Line Museum is a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. The coalition is an association of historical sites which try to interpret their historical heritage in a contemporary way.