MAS | Museum aan de Stroom

The MAS is closely linked to the city of Antwerp, its river and its harbor, and focuses on the relationship between the city and the world, throughout history and geography. Its collections are structured around many themes: power, prestige and symbols; Antwerp metropolis; trade and navigation; life and death; besides its repository available to the public.

Antwerp – Museum aan de Stroom (MAS)

Hanzestedenplaats 1
2000 Antwerp,

Opening hours

11th until 13th November 2016
Event only in English


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1/ “La Plaine” at the museum’s entrance

This is a place bubbling with activity, it is a meeting point in Antwerp, and it also attracts many tourists. The place also reflects the work of the artist, Luc Tuymans. However it is sometimes seen as an obstacle, an obstacle to fully enjoy the space.
How to give another dimension, more positive one, to this artwork? How to unify the museum and its surroundings (outdoor, docks, pavilions)?

2/ The spiral tower and the panoramic roof

These two elements are an added value for the museum, but also a big challenge. How to attract visitor going to the rooftop (free access) and guide them to the museum spaces?
This year, the roof will be redesigned in order to implement a lift. How to link the spiral tower, roof, and showrooms to attract more visitors?

3/ Reserves

At the MAS, visitors are invited to discover the museum backstages through the reserves,
conservation, etc. How to put forward these places and involve the public?

4/ Online collections

Online collections are a great challenge in terms of mediation. Should they be considered as a catalog, a simple tool? Why do the public expect from those collections, how to use them?

5/ The collections’ structuration

The museum’ spaces are organized in themes, each floor (4 of them) is dedicated to a specific theme. At the end of each exhibition, there is a space devoted to immerse yourself into the collection, but visitors make little use of it. How to link the various thematic collections and develop the space unused at the moment in order to meet the visitors’ needs?

2016 edition

The team