Saturday 22 September 2018 - Sunday 21 October 2018 from 10:00 to 18:00
Individual visitors

The museum collects stories of people who moved to Antwerp and became residents. People that are immigrants, students who studied in Antwerp but never left, people that left another Belgium city. Everybody who has been living in Antwerp for more than five years could share his or her story. Are there meaningful places to them which they associate with joy, homesickness, hope, missing others, a sense of home? 

These people were invited to tell and draw their story on a map of Antwerp: illustrating, writing texts, sketching, creating a collage...everything was possible. The maps were folded into little boats and became part of the museum's exhibition ‘Thuishaven' ('Safe Haven’).

Each folded boat carries a unique and captivating personal story. Thus the Red Star Line Museum becomes the home of all collected testimonials. Some of the stories are also displayed and shown in the museum. The most beautfiful or intresting stories are compiled in a unique publication, illustrated by Gert Dooreman.

Antwerp is not only a world port, but also a safe haven: a nice place to live for everyone. A number of famous Antwerp residents were asked to become ambassadors. They support this project and share their personal story: Geert Hoste, Fatinha Ramos, Deepak Mehta, Mohamed Barrie and Fatima Marzouki.

Maps and stories online

Over 700 people drew a map and told their story, many of them in front of a camera. They talk about their uncertainties and shortcomings, but also about hope and opportunities. The museum treasures these stories in the collection and makes them online available. Watch the documentary:

Take a look at all the 'Safe Haven' maps.

Practical information

  • 'Safe Haven', from 22 September to 21 October 2018 in the Red Star Line Museum.
  • Free entry.

'Thuishaven' ('Safe Haven') is inspired by the artistic project 'Mapping Manhattan' by Becky Cooper, but takes the project a step further by turning the stories into little boats, including them in the museum collection and featuring them in an exhibition.